Pollard pulls it off for WI in 2nd ODI
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – To the delight of a capacity crowd, Kieron Pollard curbed his natural instincts, gathering 47 not out to anchor West Indies to a series-levelling, five-wicket victory over Australia in the second One-day International on Sunday.
The rugged all-rounder struck four sixes from 61 balls, as West Indies successfully chased a Duckworth-Lewis adjusted target of 158 in the match reduced to 40 overs-a-side at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground.
Pollard added a valuable 64 for the fifth wicket with compatriot Dwayne Bravo that put West Indies firmly on course for their first victory in 14 ODIs against the Australians spread over five years.
Bravo was run out for 30 in the 34th over with 20 required before wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh Jr formalised the victory with 10 balls remaining, when he swung a delivery from left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty high over mid-wicket onto the adjoining netball courts for six.
The result meant that West Indies levelled the five-match series 1-1, after losing the first Digicel ODI by 64 runs last Friday at the same venue.
The third Digicel ODI will be played at this same venue on Tuesday with the series coming to a conclusion with two matches next Friday and Sunday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia.
The crucial victory for West Indies came following a career-best spell from Sunil Narine, after the Aussies were sent in to bat on a slow pitch.
The mohawk-shaven off-spinner collected four wickets for 27 runs from his allotment of eight overs to earn the Man-of-the-Match award and Kemar Roach supported with two for 23 from his eight overs, as the visitors were restricted to 154 for nine.
Steady, if not troublesome bowling from West Indies again made scoring tough for Australia's batsmen, as several of them got starts without carrying on – David Hussey led the way with 37, Shane Watson scored 25, Mike Hussey made 24 and George Bailey got 21.
But West Indies suffered an immediate setback to their chase, when left-handed opener Kieran Powell was adjudged lbw for a first-ball duck, offering a no stroke to a well-pitched delivery from Brett Lee.
Marlon Samuels added 42 for the second wicket with Johnson Charles to put West Indies on course before Australian captain Shane Watson, bowling his stiff medium-pace, bowled him for 20 in the 11th over.
Charles looked in fine touch – a glance to fine leg off Brett Lee got him into stride and a six over long-on off the same bowler was equally majestic – but he was run out for 26 in the 16th over, failing to beat Lee’s throw from third man to Daniel Christian at the bowler’s end.
The younger Bravo played a couple of classy drives through extra cover, bringing the crowd to its feet, before he played down the wrong line to a delivery from Doherty and was bowled for 16 in the 19th over with 84 still required.
Pollard joined the elder Bravo and defied the Aussies, mixing aggressive stroke-play and running between the wickets with sound defence.
Typically, Pollard gave the crowd a glimpse of his world-renowned big-hitting – one off Doherty sailed over the top of the Mike Findlay Stand and threatened any aircraft that might have attempted to land or take-off at the neighbouring E.T. Joshua Airport.
Their running between the wickets had been unquestionable until they failed to communicate effectively, looking for a single to silly point off Watson, and a retreating Bravo failed to beat wicketkeeper Matthew Wade’s direct hit.
Baugh came to the crease and with Pollard ushered West Indies over the finish line, to the glee of the crowd that were granted a national holiday by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Tuesday to offer similar support to the Maroon Warriors.
Earlier, rain delayed the start by half-hour and Australia reached 16 for one from five overs before a deluge stopped play for an hour and 40 minutes, reducing the contest to a 40 overs-a-side affair.
Roach snared two wickets to give West Indies a bright start after the interruption, making the breakthrough when he bowled David Warner for 13 in the seventh over. The diminutive, left-handed opener played back and across to a well-pitched delivery that kept low.
Four balls later, Roach struck again, when Peter Forrest was caught at second slip for a duck groping at a delivery outside the off-stump, wobbling Australia on 19 for two.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy struck in his third over, when he had Watson caught at mid-wicket, whipping a low full toss – an attempted slower delivery – leaving the Aussies 46 for three in the 15th over.
Sammy saw Kieron Pollard put down Mike Hussey, on eight, at backward point off his bowling and the Australia left-hander brought some stability to his side’s innings with a stand of 31 for the fourth wicket with younger brother David.
Narine tightened West Indies’ grip, when the elder Hussey was caught behind, edging a loose drive at a well-flighted delivery.
West Indies met resistance from a budding fifth-wicket stand between the younger Hussey and Bailey before the elder Bravo made the breakthrough.
Bravo had Bailey caught at backward point in the 31st over before Australia again lost a cluster of wickets – three to Narine – in the last 10 overs chasing quick runs to boost their total.
AUSTRALIA (maximum 40 overs)
*S. Watson c (sub) Bishoo b *Sammy 25
D. Warner b Roach 13
P. Forrest c *Sammy b Roach 0
M. Hussey c wkpr Baugh b Narine 24
D. Hussey b Narine 37
G. Bailey c Samuels b D.J. Bravo 21
D. Christian run out (Roach/Baugh) 6
+M. Wade c Roach b Narine 3
B. Lee not out 11
C. McKay st Baugh b Narine 6
X. Doherty not out 0
Extras (b2, lb3, w2, nb1) 8
TOTAL (9 wkts) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Warner, 6.2 overs); 2-19 (Forrest, 6.6); 3-46 (*Watson, 13.6); 4-77 (M. Hussey, 23.4); 5-109 (Bailey, 30.1); 6-121 (Christian, 33.4); 7-136 (+Wade, 37.1); 8-136 (D. Hussey, 37.3); 9-154 (McKay, 39.4)
Bowling: Roach 8-3-23-2 (nb1); D.J. Bravo 6-0-30-1 (w1); *Sammy 4-0-19-1; Russell 6-0-14-0; Narine 8-1-27-4; Pollard 4-0-18-0; Samuels 4-0-18-0 (w1)
WEST INDIES (target: 158 off 40 overs)
K. Powell lbw b Lee 0
J. Charles run out (Lee/Christian) 26
M. Samuels b Watson 20
D.M. Bravo b Doherty 16
D.J. Bravo run out (+Wade) 30
K. Pollard not out 47
+C. Baugh not out 18
Extras (b4, w2) 6
TOTAL (5 wkts) 163
A. Russell, *D. Sammy, S. Narine, K. Roach did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Powell, 0.1 overs); 2-42 (Samuels, 10.2); 3-67 (Charles, 15.5); 4-74 (D.M. Bravo, 18.4); 5-138 (D.J. Bravo, 33.2)
Bowling: Lee 8-1-37-1; McKay 8-2-16-0; *Watson 7-1-28-1 (w1); D. Hussey 3-0-13-0 (w1); Christian 5-0-26-0; Doherty 7.2-0-39-1
Result: West Indies won by five wickets (D/L Method, 10 balls remaining)
Series: Five-match series level 1-1
Toss: West Indies
Man-of-the-Match: S. Narine (West Indies)
Umpires: G. Brathwaite, S. Tarapore
TV umpire: K. Dharmasena
Match referee: A. Pycroft
Reserve umpire: P. Nero