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Australian spinners rip through West Indies to secure massive victory

Nathan Lyon successfully appeals against Marlon Samuels.
Nathan Lyon successfully appeals against Marlon Samuels.
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Australia 117-4 (Warner 55no) beat
West Indies 116 (Zampa 3-16) by six wickets
Second One-Day International, Tri-Series, Guyana

Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa shared six wickets between them as Australia restricted West Indies to 116 runs and chased down the target in 25.4 overs with six wickets in hand to claim a bonus point victory in the second game of the tri-series in Guyana.

The toss was delayed by 30 minutes by an early morning shower, after which Australia decided to field first after winning the toss and they opted for an extra spinner over Scott Boland while West Indies remained unchanged.

Mitchell Starc (2-37) looked in no trouble in his comeback game as he tested the West Indian top order with brisk pace.

Andre Fletcher (4) chipped a fuller one from Starc to backward point off the fourth ball of the innings after which Johnson Charles (22) and Darren Bravo (19) weathered the storm with a 44-run stand. By the end of the powerplay, West Indies were placed at 48 for one.

Mitchell Marsh (1-5) triggered the collapse after having Bravo caught at backward point while Starc returned to castle Charles with a brilliant yorker. West Indies were 62 for three at that stage.

The telling blow for West Indies came in the 17th over when Lyon (3-39) dismissed Marlon Samuels (10) and Kieron Pollard (0) with successive deliveries.

The spinners began to take control of the game as Glenn Maxwell (1-3) and Zampa (3-16) removed Denesh Ramdin (12) and Jason Holder (1). By the end of the 25th over, West Indies were reeling at 90 for seven.

Lyon and Zampa cleaned up the remaining wickets as West Indies were bundled out for 116 in 32.3 overs despite a cameo from Carlos Brathwaite (21).

Australia began positively in the chase with David Warner (55 not out) and Aaron Finch (19) scoring seven boundaries in the first seven overs.

However, Holder (1-21) trapped Finch plumb in front just before the lunch break with Australia needing 64 more runs to win.

With Warner looking solid at one end, Khawaja stepped on the accelerator with back-to-back boundaries off Holder but he was constantly troubled by Sunil Narine (2-36).

Sulieman Benn (1-21) broke the 41-run stand when he deceived Khawaja with a slower one and Narine gave Australia a scare by dismissing Steven Smith (6) and Maxwell (0) in the 20th over with Australia needing another 25 runs to win.

Warner continued his rich vein of form as he slapped Narine for a six down the ground and completed his 15th ODI fifty in the next delivery.

Australia eventually chased down the target in the 26th over with six wickets in hand to secure a bonus point as well. Lyon was awarded the man of the match for his expertise with the ball.

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