Sunday 18 March 2012 

West Indies Level Series By Ending Six-Year Wait

West Indies Level Series By Ending Six-Year Wait
West Indies Level Series By Ending Six-Year Wait
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West Indies 163-5 (Pollard 47no) beat
Australia 154-9 (Narine 4-27) by five wickets (D/L)
Second One-Day International, Saint Vincent

The West Indies secured a first One-Day Internatioanl victory over Australia since 2006 by beating them in the second One-Day International by five wickets in Saint Vincent.

In a game reduced to 40 overs per side Australia made 154 for nine before the West Indies closed on 163 for five having been set a Duckworth/Lewis revised target of 158.

Carlton Baugh sealed the victory with a six off Xavier Doherty to level the five-match series with three games to play.

Although five of the top six Australian batsmen made starts, none of them could go on as good West Indian bowling gave the home fans something to cheer.

David Hussey top scored with 37 while opener and captain Shane Watson hit 25 before Sunil Narine returned figures of four for 27 and Kemar Roach took two for 23.

The West Indian reply got off to the worst possible start when Kieran Powell was trapped in front by Brett Lee from the first ball of the innings, leaving the ball as it crashed into his pads.

Johnson Charles (26), Marlon Samuels (20), Darren Bravo (16) and Dwayne Bravo (30) then set the West Indies up for the win and they were guided home by Kieron Pollard and Baugh.

Pollard played a composed knock of 47 not out in 61 balls and Baugh crashed his way to 18 not out in 17.

The third game in the series is on 20th March in Saint Vincent.

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