World champs stop Aussies
BRISBANE, Australia – West Indies underlined their World Twenty20 champion status with a 27-run victory over Australia in a one-off fixture on Wednesday.
A brisk half-century from opener Johnson Charles set the tone for an imposing 191 while Kieron Pollard snapped up frontline wickets, as the Australian run chase screeched to a halt at the Gabba.
The victory was West Indies’ first over Australia, in Australia, in any format for 16 years since the Perth Test in February 1997.
Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges put on 74 to bring the Aussies’ run chase back on course after Darren Sammy removed opener Aaron Finch for four.
When both men – Marsh and Voges – were run out for 19 and 51 respectively, Australia lost valuable momentum.
Pollard got rid of Brad Haddin and the debutant Ben Rohrer, the last remaining specialist batsman, as the home team slipped closer to defeat.
Australia needed 51 from the final three overs with only the bowlers at the crease struggling to score off Sunil Narine, Pollard and Tino Best.
Narine collected 2-19 from his four overs and was the key man with the ball for West Indies, since none of Australia's batsmen seemed comfortable against him.
Pollard, who set up the victory with his 26 and 3-30, was however, named Man-of-the-Match, as the Australians crawled to 164 for eight.
Earlier, Chris Gayle fell cheaply from a miscued pull, but Charles, his opening partner, took charge to hit the top score of 57 in which he turned the ball behind square regularly to keep the runs ticking over.
Charles, who scored a century in the final ODI between the two teams last Sunday, struck seven fours and one six, a whip over mid-wicket off Nathan Coulter-Nile.
He shared in an important 88-run partnership with Darren Bravo, but the less adventurous Bravo scored 32 from 27 balls before he was the victim of a terrible mix-up with Pollard when both men found themselves at the same end.
Pollard managed two fours and one six before he was caught at long-on off Faulkner for a quick-fire 26.
Andre Russell hit a rapid-fire 23 from 11 balls to push the total into extremely worrying territory for the Aussies.
Faulkner was the best Australian bowler on show collecting 3-28 from his four overs, except for a couple of monstrous sixes in the 19th over clubbed by West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who raced to 20 from seven balls.
WEST INDIES (20 overs maximum)
C. Gayle c Coulter-Nile b Hazlewood 8
J. Charles b Coulter-Nile 57
D.M. Bravo run out (McKay/Haddin) 32
K. Pollard c Marsh b Faulkner 26
D.J. Bravo b Faulkner 13
A. Russell not out 23
*D. Sammy c Marsh b Faulkner 20
N. Deonarine not out 6
Extras (lb4, w2) 6
TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 191
+D. Thomas, S. Narine, T. Best did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Gayle, 1.3 overs); 2-99 (Charles, 10.6); 3-106 (D.M. Bravo, 12.2); 4-139 (Pollard, 16.1); 5-141 (D.J. Bravo, 16.3); 6-172 (Sammy, 18.4)
Bowling: McKay 4-0-44-0; Hazlewood 4-0-36-1; Faulkner 4-0-28-3 (w1); Coulter-Nile 4-0-36-1 (w1); Cutting 4-0-43-0
AUSTRALIA (target: 192 off 20 overs)
A. Finch b Sammy 4
S. Marsh run out (Best/ Thomas) 21
A. Voges run out (Thomas) 51
G. Bailey c Deonarine b Pollard 15
B. Rohrer c Deonarine b Pollard 16
B. Haddin c Russell b Pollard 22
J. Faulkner c Sammy b Pollard 7
B. Cutting st Thomas b Narine 0
N. Coulter-Nile not out 16
C. McKay not out 6
Extras (b1, lb 2, w3) 6
TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs) 164
J. Hazlewood did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Finch, 1.1 overs); 2-79 (Marsh, 9.4); 3-82 (Voges, 10.1); 4-96 (Bailey, 11.5); 5-121 (Haddin, 14.3); 6-139 (Faulkner, 16.3); 7-139 (Rohrer, 16.4); 8-141 (Cutting, 17.1)
Bowling: Best 3-0-19-0 (w2); Sammy 3-0-30-1 (w1); Narine 4-0-19-2; Russell 1-0-9-0; Deonarine 3-0-37-0; D.J. Bravo 2-0-17-0; Pollard 4-0-30-3
Result: West Indies won by 27 runs
Series: West Indies win one-off T20I
Toss: West Indies
Man-of-the-match: K. Pollard (West Indies)
Umpires: P. Reiffel, J. Ward
TV umpire: S. Fry
Match referee: R. Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: D. Mealey