WI set 282 to win series decider
GROS-ISLET, St. Lucia – Purposeful bowling from Andre Russell led a West Indies fight-back, after David Warner, Shane Watson and Peter Forrest plundered half-centuries to lead Australia’s batting in the rain-affected fifth and final Digicel One-day International on Sunday.
Before another full house, the mohawk-shaven all-rounder grabbed four wickets for 61 runs from nine overs, as the Australians, sent in to bat, posted 281 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Kemar Roach supported with three for 53 from nine overs and Sunil Narine snared two for 55 from 10 overs, bringing the Windies back into the match following solid batting from the Aussie top-order.
The hosts were under the gun early, as Warner led the way with 69, fellow opener Watson, the Australia captain, scored 66, Forrest made 53, Matthew Wade got 26 and Mike Hussey added 25.
West Indies were put on the back-foot, when the two Australian Ws, Warner and Watson, shared 118 for the first wicket inside the first 20 overs.
The Windies seemed almost powerless to stop the Aussie opening pair before Narine made the breakthrough, when Warner, whose 50 came from 50 balls, was caught at short third man/fly slip, top-edging a slog/sweep off Narine in the 20th over. He struck 10 fours and one six from 61 balls.
The hosts continued to leak runs and Watson turned Narine into square leg to reach his 50 from 65 balls in the 22nd over before Russell had Watson caught at third man essaying an upper cut in the 31st over. The Australia captain hit just four fours and one six from 89 balls.
Kemar Roach added the scalp of George Bailey caught at mid-on in the 37th over just when it appeared the batsman was about to move into high gear to put a further check on the Australian advance before a 45-minute stoppage for rain forced the players off the field.
When the players returned, West Indies got a breakthrough in the second over following the resumption, when Narine bowled Lee for 12 with the batsman playing across a well-flighted delivery that spun back between bat and pad.
Forrest reached his 50 from 64 balls in the 43rd over, when he punched Roach to long-on for a single, but he faced just four more deliveries in his knock that included five fours before Russell stepped in to have him caught at mid-wicket pulling and David Hussey caught behind top-edging an upper cut off successive deliveries in the 45th over.
In the closing overs, Russell and Roach shared three cheap wickets in between some hefty blows from Wade in particular.
Both sides were unchanged for the match.
West Indies lead the five-match Digicel Series 2-1, following a 42-run victory in the fourth Digicel ODI last Friday at the same venue and are looking to complete their first ODI series victory over the Baggy Greens in close to two decades.
West Indies lost the first Digicel ODI by 64 runs two Fridays ago at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in St. Vincent, where they rebounded to win the second Digicel ODI by five wickets two days later, before earning a tie in the third Digicel ODI last Tuesday at the same venue.
AUSTRALIA (maximum 50 overs)
*S. Watson c Samuels b Russell 66
D. Warner c D.J. Bravo b Narine 69
P. Forrest c Roach b Russell 53
G. Bailey c Russell b Roach 19
B. Lee b Narine 12
M. Hussey c Pollard b Russell 25
D. Hussey c wkpr Baugh b Russell 0
+M. Wade c D.M. Bravo b Roach 26
C. McKay c D.M. Bravo b Roach 0
X. Doherty not out 1
B. Hilfenhaus not out 0
Extras (b2, lb1, w7) 10
TOTAL (9 wkts) 281
Fall of wickets: 1-118 (Warner, 19.5 overs); 2-161 (Watson, 30.1); 3-193 (Bailey, 36.4); 4-212 (Lee, 39.2); 5-241 (Forrest, 44.2); 6-241 (D. Hussey, 44.3); 7-279 (M. Hussey, 48.6); 8-279 (McKay, 49.2); 9-279 (+Wade, 49.4)
Bowling: Roach9-0-53-3 (w1); D.J. Bravo 6-0-40-0 (w3); Narine 10-0-55-2; *Sammy 6-0-29-0 (w1); Russell 9-0-61-4 (w1); Samuels 10-0-40-0 (w1)
WEST INDIES: A. Barath, J. Charles, M. Samuels, D.M. Bravo, D.J. Bravo, K. Pollard, +C. Baugh Jr, A. Russell, *D. Sammy , S. Narine, K. Roach
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: K. Dharmasena, P. Nero
TV umpire: S. Tarapore
Match referee: A. Pycroft
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite