WI chase 221 for series lead

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Tidy bowling supported by agile fielding helped West Indies fight back following a record hundred stand between Mike Hussey and George Bailey in the third One-day International against Australia on Tuesday.

Off-spinner Sunil Narine collected three wickets for 32 runs from 9.5 overs, as the Australians, choosing to bat, were dismissed for 220 in 49.5 overs before a sell-out, holiday crowd at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground.

Fellow off-spinner Marlon Samuels supported with two for 39 from nine overs and Kemar Roach took two for 42 from 10 overs.

Again, the Windies bowled with discipline and the Aussie batsmen found scoring difficult on a slow pitch with left-hander Mike Hussey leading the way with 67 and George Bailey with 59 being the only two to seriously come to grips with the challenge. Left-handed opener David Warner made 37.

The home team reduced Australia to 58 for three in the 15th over before Hussey, whose knock included four fours and one six from 95 balls, and Bailey, one four and one six from 87 balls, put on 112 for the fourth wicket to give the innings backbone.

But Samuels transformed the course of the innings, when he had Bailey caught at square leg in the 40th over to trigger a slump and Hussey stumped moving down the pitch six overs later, leaving Australia 202 for five.

The hosts again did well to control the closing stages of Australia’s innings, claiming the last six wickets – two apiece to Narine and Roach – for 18 inside the last five overs.

West Indies fielded an unchanged 11, but the Australians brought off-spinner Nathan Lyon in to replace Peter Forrest.

The home team won the second Digicel ODI last Sunday by five wickets at the same venue to level the five-match series 1-1, after losing the first Digicel ODI by 64 runs last Friday here.

The fourth Digicel ODI will be played on Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia  with the series coming to a conclusion on Sunday at the same venue.


AUSTRALIA (maximum 50 overs)

*S. Watson run out (Russell) 10

D. Warner c Pollard b *Sammy 37

+M. Wade b Narine 2

G. Bailey c D.J. Bravo b Samuels 59

M. Hussey st Baugh b Samuels 67

D. Hussey b Roach 15

D. Christian lbw b Narine 12

B. Lee b Roach 0

C. McKay c wkpr Baugh b Narine 0

X. Doherty run out (D.M. Bravo) 0

N. Lyon not out 4

Extras (b4, lb6, w3, nb1) 14

TOTAL (all out) 220

Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Watson, 6.1 overs); 2-38 (+Wade, 9.6); 3-58 (Warner, 14.2); 4-170 (Bailey, 39.5); 5-202 (M. Hussey, 45.4); 6-202 (D. Hussey, 46.1); 7-203 (Lee, 46.2); 8-208 (McKay, 47.4); 9-208 (Doherty, 48.1)

Bowling: Roach 10-0-42-0 (w1); D.J. Bravo 8-1-30-0; Narine 9.5-1-32-3 (w1); *Sammy 5-0-27-1; Russell 5-0-28-0 (nb1); Samuels 9-0-39-2 (w1); Pollard 3-0-12-0

Overs: 49.5

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: Australia

Umpires: K. Dharmasena, P. Nero

TV umpire: S. Tarapore

Match referee: A. Pycroft

Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite

Tue, 03/20/2012 - 09:26