Zeenews Sports Bureau
Ahead of the third ODI against West Indies, Australia
coach Mickey Arthur had asked his boys to play ruthless cricket. But the things turned the other way around. Kieron Pollard`s brutal century (102 off 70 balls) flattened the Kangaroos.
Australia would be under pressure when the two sides face each other in the last match of the ODI series. While one match was tied, Australia won the first ODI and West Indies have so far won two consecutive matches after which they lead the series 2-1.
The Australian team hasn`t clicked as a unit so far in the series. Right through the series, West Indies has been playing fearless cricket which has taken the Kangaroos by surprise as it is their way of playing the game.
Australia would be wary of the damage Pollard can do to them. With scores of 04, 47, 36 and 102, Pollard certainly is the man in form for the West Indies. Meanwhile, Sunil Narine has been exceptional with the ball picking up 9 wickets in the series so far and the Australians have looked very uncomfortable against him.
Meanwhile, Australia which depends a lot on the start provided by Warner, has been suffering as the swashbuckling batsman has so far failed to score a big one for his side.
In case if West Indies win the match on Sunday, it would be their first series win against Australia in 17 years. Notably, their last series win was in 1995 at home when they won 4-1. In the 1999 series, they drew 3-3 with one tie in Guyana.
The Australian team hasn’t been able to perform as a unit so far in the series and with the kind of form Kieron Pollard is in, we might see the West Indies squad dancing to the Calypso. If that happens, the underrated Darren Sammy would be an extremely proud skipper!