Bravo helps WI restrict Aussies
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Dwayne Bravo was the most successful bowler, as West Indies made a bright start to the Digicel 2012 Series against Australia on Friday.
The West Indies vice-captain and all-rounder collected three wickets for 58 runs from his allotment of 10 overs, as the Australians reached 204 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs after they chose to bat in the first Digicel One-day International. (Click here for new Twitter update stream)
Marlon Samuels supported with two for 29 from eight overs and Kemar Roach grabbed two for 33 from his 10 overs, after the Aussies found scoring difficult on a hard, true Arnos Vale Cricket Ground pitch.
George Bailey hit the top score of 48 for Australia, David Warner made 40, Mike Hussey got 32, Peter Forrest added 26 and Shane Watson 21.
Bravo, playing for the first time in nine months, made the breakthrough, when he had Australian captain Shane Watson lbw for 21 in the seventh over.
The Maroon Warriors came under pressure from a 60-run, second-wicket stand between left-hander opener David Warner and Peter Forrest.
But two wickets in the space of five balls for Samuels in the 24th over brought the Windies back into the match, leaving Australia 91 for two.
Samuels, bowling his off-spin darts, had Forrest stumped for 26 and Warner was brilliantly caught low down at extra cover by Kieron Pollard for 40.
Roach had David Hussey caught behind for a duck playing a lazy drive two overs later, sinking Australia to 99 for four.
West Indies were again put on the back-foot, when Bailey came to the crease and put on 63 for the fifth wicket with the left-handed Mike Hussey.
The home team however, collected a cluster of wickets, as Australia chased quick runs inside the last 10 overs.
The two teams observed a minute’s silence prior to the start of play in honour of Runako Morton. The former Leeward Islands captain and West Indies batsman died in a car crash two weeks ago.
AUSTRALIA (maximum 50 overs)
*S. Watson lbw b D.J. Bravo 21
D. Warner c Pollard b Samuels 40
P. Forrest st. Baugh b Samuels 26
M. Hussey c Roach b D.J. Bravo 32
D. Hussey c wkpr Baugh b Roach 0
G. Bailey c Narine b Roach 48
+M. Wade c D.J. Bravo b Narine 0
D. Christian not out 18
B. Lee c Charles b D.J. Bravo 5
C. McKay not out 0
Extras (b3, lb6, nb5) 14
TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 204
X. Doherty did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Watson, 7.1 overs); 2-91 (Forrest, 23.2); 3-92 (Warner, 23.6); 4-99 (D. Hussey, 26.3); 5-162 (M. Hussey, 42.6); 6-162 (Wade, 43.1); 7-195 (Bailey, 48.1); 8-203 (Lee, 49.4)
Bowling: Roach 10-1-33-2; D.J. Bravo 10-1-58-3 (w3); Russell 4-0-21-0 (w1); *Sammy 8-0-30-0; Narine 10-24-1 (w1); Samuels 8-0-29-2
WEST INDIES: J. Charles, K. Powell, M. Samuels, D.M. Bravo, K. Pollard, D.J. Bravo,+ C. Baugh Jr, *D. Sammy, A. Russell, S. Narine, K. Roach
Umpires: K. Dharmasena, P. Nero
TV umpire: S. Tarapore
Match referee: A. Pycroft
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite