Pollard's century can't save Windies
Sydney, Australia – Kieron Pollard hit a brilliant unbeaten century to haul West Indies almost single-handedly to 220 all out but they lost for the fourth time on tour as Australia took a 4-0 lead in the five-match series with 31 balls to spare on Friday night.
Opener Shane Watson top-scored with 76 as Australia continued to dominate during a convincing five-wicket victory in the fourth one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Pollard, though, fought a one-man rearguard action with a brilliant but controlled innings of 109 not out to ensure there the West Indies were able to post a challenging target. He smashed first six after he had hit 11 fours flew into the stands at long-on, hitting an security guard full on the head. He was left without a partner when Tino Best was run out with two balls remaining in the 50 overs.
Watson scored a century on his return from injury as Australia wrapped up the series on Wednesday but his innings was not as assured on Friday and he had a couple of lives before departing, caught behind off the bowling of Tino Best.
Best, in his first match of the series, returned later to dismiss Australia skipper Michael Clarke (37) in similar circumstances with the scores level, which left Glenn Maxwell to push the winning run through the covers.
Left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson (3-36) ripped through the West Indies' top order on a bright, sunny day at the SCG and for a while it looked like Australia might crush the visitors.
Sunil Narine (23) offered some support in a 64-run partnership for the ninth wicket before Pollard recorded his third one-day century, reaching 99 with his second six and taking a single off the next ball.
The two teams travel to Melbourne on Saturday for the fifth and final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
K Powell c Maxwell b Johnson 9
J Charles b Johnson 0
DM Bravo c Finch b Johnson 4
DJ Bravo lbw b Maxwell 3
K Pollard not out 109
N Deonarine c Finch b Cutting 10
+D Thomas c Finch b Cutting 7
*D Sammy c Clarke b Cutting 25
A Russell c Maxwell b Faulkner 18
S Narine c wkp Wade b McKay 23
T Best run out 1
Extras (b1, lb1, w9) 11
TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs) 220
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Charles, 3.5 overs), 2-17 (Powell, 7.3), 3-17 (DM Bravo, 8), 4-22 (DJ Bravo, 10.4), 5-45 (Deonarine, 17.3), 6-55 (Thomas, 19.2), 7-98 (Sammy, 32), 8-133 (Russell, 38.3), 9-197 (Narine, 46.1), 10-220 (Best, 49.4)
Bowling: McKay 10-2-41-1, Johnson 10-1-36-3 (w4), Maxwell 10-0-34-1 (w1), Cutting 10-1-45-3 (w1), Faulkner 9.4-1-62-1(w3)
S Watson c wkp Thomas b Best 76
A Finch lbw b Narine 25
P Hughes c DJ Bravo b Narine 23
*M Clarke c wkp Thomas b Best 37
A Voges c Sammy b Russell 28
+M Wade not out 13
G Maxwell not out 1
Extras (lb8, w8, nb2) 18
TOTAL (5 wkts, 44.5 overs) 221
Did not bat: J Faulkner, M Johnson, B Cutting, C McKay.
Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Finch, 9.5 overs), 2-115 (Hughes, 23.2), 3-145 (Watson, 28.4), 4-198 (Voges, 41.3), 5-220 (Clarke, 44.3)
Bowling: Best 9.5-0-38-2 (w3), Russell 6-0-40-1 (w1, nb2), Sammy 2-0-16-0 (w1), Narine 10-1-34-2, DJ Bravo 4-0-25-0 (w1), Deonarine 8-0-38-0, Pollard 5-0-22-0 (w2).
Result: Australia won by five wickets.
Series: Australia lead five-match series 4-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Kieron Pollard.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: S Fry, N Llong; TV – Asad Rauf.