WI to chase 158 in second ODI
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Sunil Narine led tidy bowling, giving West Indies a strong chance to earn a series-levelling victory in the rain-marred second One-day International against Australia on Sunday.
The mohawk-shaven off-spinner collected four wickets for 27 runs from his allotment of eight overs and Kemar Roach supported with two for 23 from his eight overs, as the Australians, sent in to bat, were restricted to 154 for nine from their allocation of 40 overs before a sell-out crowd at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground.
West Indies will chase 158 under the Duckworth-Lewis calculations to determine outcomes in rain-affected matches.
Steady, if not troublesome bowling from West Indies again made scoring tough for the Aussie batsmen on a slow pitch, as several of the visitors’ batsmen got starts without carrying on – David Hussey led the way with 37, Shane Watson scored 25, Mike Hussey made 24 and George Bailey got 21.
Rain delayed the start by half-hour and Australia reached 16 for one from five overs before a deluge stopped play for an hour and 40 minutes, reducing the contest to a 40 overs-a-side affair.
Roach snared two wickets to give West Indies a bright start after the interruption, making the breakthrough when he bowled David Warner for 13 in the seventh over. The diminutive, left-handed opener played back and across to a well-pitched delivery that kept low.
Four balls later, Roach struck again, when Peter Forrest was caught at second slip for a duck groping at a delivery outside the off-stump, wobbling Australia on 19 for one.
The tension eased, when a short, wide delivery from Bravo was cut hard through backward point by Australian captain Shane Watson for his first boundary and he followed up with a crunching pull high over mid-wicket for six to greet Darren Sammy.
The West Indies captain had the last laugh however, striking in his third over however, when he had Watson caught at mid-wicket, whipping a low full toss – an attempted slower delivery, leaving the Aussies 46 for three in the 15th over.
Sammy saw Kieron Pollard put down Mike Hussey, on eight, at backward point off his bowling and the Australia left-hander brought some stability to his side’s innings with a stand of 31 for the fourth wicket with younger brother Dave.
But Narine tightened West Indies’ grip, when the elder Hussey was caught behind, edging a loose drive at a well-flighted delivery.
West Indies met resistance from a budding fifth-wicket stand between the younger Hussey and George Bailey before Dwayne Bravo made the breakthrough.
Bravo had Bailey caught at backward point in the 31st over before Australia again lost a cluster of wickets – three to Narine – in the last 10 overs chasing quick runs to boost their total.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the five-match series, after losing the first Digicel ODI by 64 runs last Friday at the same venue.
The third Digicel ODI will be played at this same venue on Tuesday with the series coming to a conclusion with two matches next Friday and Sunday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia.
AUSTRALIA (maximum 40 overs)
*S. Watson c (sub) Bishoo b *Sammy 25
D. Warner b Roach 13
P. Forrest c *Sammy b Roach 0
M. Hussey c wkpr Baugh b Narine 24
D. Hussey b Narine 37
G. Bailey c Samuels b D.J. Bravo 21
D. Christian run out (Roach/Baugh) 6
+M. Wade c Roach b Narine 3
B. Lee not out 11
C. McKay st Baugh b Narine 6
X. Doherty not out 0
Extras (b2, lb3, w2, nb1) 8
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Warner, 6.2 overs); 2-19 (Forrest, 6.6); 3-46 (*Watson, 13.6); 4-77 (M. Hussey, 23.4); 5-109 (Bailey, 30.1); 6-121 (Christian, 33.4); 7-136 (+Wade, 37.1); 8-136 (D. Hussey, 37.3); 9-154 (McKay, 39.4)
Bowling: Roach 8-3-23-2 (nb1); D.J. Bravo 6-0-30-1 (w1); *Sammy 4-0-19-1; Russell 6-0-14-0; Narine 8-1-27-4; Pollard 4-0-18-0; Samuels 4-0-18-0 (w1)
WEST INDIES: J. Charles, K. Powell, M. Samuels, D.M. Bravo, K. Pollard, D.J. Bravo, +C. Baugh Jr, A. Russell, *D. Sammy, S. Narine, K. Roach
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: G. Brathwaite, S. Tarapore
TV umpire: K. Dharmasena
Match referee: A. Pycroft
Reserve umpire: P. Nero