Australia And West Indies Tie Dramatic Third ODI
Australia 220 (M Hussey 67, Narine 3-32) tied with
West Indies 220 (Charles 45, Watson 3-30)
Third One-Day International, Saint Vincent
Australia and the West Indies tied the third One-Day International in Saint Vincent after both teams were dismissed for 220 in just under 50 overs.
Australia's innings lasted one ball more than the West Indies, whose captain Darren Sammy was run out attempting to win the game with two balls to spare.
Kemar Roach charged off for the single, ignoring his captain's call, leaving Sammy no option but to leave his crease and hope that the bowler Brett Lee might fumble the ball. Alas for the home fans, who turned out in their numbers, Lee made no mistake and Sammy was well short.
Perhaps the West Indies were a little lucky to get anything out of the game after Andre Russell would have been dismissed but for a Shane Watson no ball and the home side were in all sorts of trouble when they were reduced to 78 for five after 21 overs.
Russell went on to score 37 in 42 balls to get his side close and Sammy (10) looked to have done enough to close out the win but it wasn't to be.
Michael Hussey's 67 on a slow, turning track earned him the man-of-the-match award after he and George Bailey (59) had scored battling half-centuries during Australia's innings.
David Warner made 37 but impressive once again was spinner Sunil Narine, who returned figures of three for 32 and there was also a brace of wickets for Marlon Samuels.
The West Indian run chase was led by Johnson Charles, who made 45 in 56 balls and there were subsequently useful contributions from Kieron Pollard (36), Carlton Baugh (33) and finally Russell as the match went down to the wire.
Watson picked up three for 30 and there was a brace of wickets for Xavier Doherty and Clint McKay as Australia held their nerve, never giving up on the game and taking a share of the spoils.
With the series tied at 1-1, the two sides move on to Saint Lucia for the fourth match on 23rd March.
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