Australia v West Indies, Only T20, Brisbane February 13, 2013

Charles, Pollard end West Indies' 16-year drought


West Indies 6 for 191 (Charles 57, Faulkner 3-28) beat Australia 8 for 164 (Voges 51, Pollard 3-30, Narine 2-19) by 27 runs
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Three days ago, Johnson Charles scored his first international hundred but couldn't stop an Australian victory. This time, a brisk Charles half-century was enough to set West Indies on the way to their first win over Australia in Australia in any format for 16 years, as they showed why they are the reigning Twenty20 world champions. Australia might have swept the ODIs 5-0, but West Indies will at least fly home on a happier note.

They had not beaten Australia in this country since the Perth Test in February 1997. The only man from that contest involved in this drought-breaking match was Paul Reiffel, then a fast bowler, now an umpire. It didn't worry West Indies that Australia fielded one of the least experienced sides they have employed in many years. In international cricket, a win is a win, and this win brought relief for a group of men who have been disappointed with their own efforts over the past two weeks.

Charles set up the victory but Kieron Pollard was Man of the Match, for his quick 26 with the bat and 3 for 30 with the ball. In an enormous chase of 192, the Australians relied on Adam Voges with a half-century and then held out slim hopes while Brad Haddin was at the crease, but when Pollard got rid of Haddin and the debutant Ben Rohrer, the last remaining specialist batsman, as well as the dangerous James Faulkner, it was all but over.

Australia then needed 51 from three overs with only the bowlers at the crease. Not surprisingly, they didn't get close, losing by 27 runs as Sunil Narine, Pollard and Tino Best proved difficult to get away. Narine collected 2 for 19 from his four overs and was the key man with the ball for West Indies. None of Australia's batsman seemed comfortable against him and he did not concede a boundary, while also having George Bailey caught sweeping for 15.

Things hadn't started well for Australia in their chase when Aaron Finch played on to Darren Sammy for 4. Shaun Marsh (19) and Voges then put on a 74-run stand that could have put Australia in a position to push for victory, but both men were run-out within four balls of each other, costing Australia valuable momentum. Voges, who made 51 from 33 balls, had looked especially threatening and carried on the form from his maiden international hundred on Sunday.

The same could be said of Charles, who justified Sammy's decision to bat first. With the exception of the impressive James Faulkner, an inexperienced Australia attack struggled to contain the world champions, who also had useful contributions from Darren Bravo, Pollard and Darren Sammy.

Early in the innings West Indies lost Chris Gayle, who was passed fit having missed the final two one-day internationals with a side injury. On 8, Gayle miscued a pull off the debutant Josh Hazlewood and was brilliantly caught by another man in his first international, Nathan Coulter-Nile, who ran back from mid-on and claimed the catch above his head despite having to twist and turn to keep the ball in his sights.

But it was Gayle's opening partner Charles who set the tone, turning the ball behind square regularly to keep the runs ticking over and swinging hard when he had the opportunity. Charles struck seven fours and one six, a whip over midwicket off Coulter-Nile, and he brought up his half-century from 31 balls before falling for 57 from 35 when he played on off a Coulter-Nile slower delivery.

However, the 88-run partnership between he and Darren Bravo had set West Indies up well. Bravo was less adventurous and scored 32 from 27 balls before he was the victim of a terrible mix-up with Kieron Pollard when both men ended up at the same end. Pollard managed two fours and one six but he wasn't able to hang around until the end, caught at long-on off Faulkner for 26.

Faulkner was comfortably the best of Australia's bowlers, collecting 3 for 28 from his four overs, and it was only a couple of monstrous sixes clubbed by Sammy in the 19th over that prevented Faulkner's figures being even better. He stopped Sammy (20 off seven balls) doing further damage by having him caught at deep midwicket, having started his wicket-taking earlier by bowling Dwayne Bravo for 13.

Andre Russell, who hit a late 23 from 11 balls, and Narsingh Deonarine (6 not out) pushed the total into extremely worrying territory for the Australians; only four times in 302 Twenty20 internationals ever played had the team batting second chased down more to win. And at the end of the night, it had still happened only four times.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Prashan on February 15, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    @Meety, I think wicket taking bowlers like Hazlewood, Cutting, McKay, Pattinson, Starc etc are suitable only for tests as the red ball shine does not wane soon. White ball losers the shine fast making it easy to score runs against them. Australia must find run stopping like bowlers to succeed in T20s. Kulasekara and Mathews we have are run stoppers and not wicket takers. They help a lot in the shorter formats. Hogg was right. We had the worse test bowling attack which visited Australia, but our ODI bowling attack was great. Haha may be Gabba is not too friendly for the Aussies lately. Rain stopped them from winning the test match against SA. Then all out for 74 against SL. Now losing to Windies in the T20. Yes I know Aussies have not lost at the Gabba in test match since 1988 or so. Also, it was at the Gabba that the Aussies were last put to follow on in a test match at home back in 1986-87 Ashes.

  • Prashan on February 15, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @Meety, well White has failed too much I think so I would not play him. Australia seem to lose T20s more than ideal by their standards IMO.

    I think with T20s, ODIs will have to be culled off as they are losing the meaning. Have tests to keep the tradition and purity and T20 in a way where bowlers can dominate too. I would like T20 pitches to be those where even 100 to 110 can be defended as well.

  • Casper on February 15, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Good win to the WI You can only play the team on the field no matter who is playing or left out. Australia might be in a build up state but that means they will loose some matches and yes even series

  • Andrew on February 15, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (February 15, 2013, 0:53 GMT) - it was a good innings, but I think he is better suited to ODIs & Tests. I'd rather Cameron White or Brad Haddin captain the side, IMO they are better captains & are probably at this stage in their careers better suited to T20s. I wouldn't say that we don't take it seriously, but when you pick a side with pace bowlers (even at the Gabba), you have to ask yourself "Where is the common sense". The individual players selected were all good, Coulter-Nile & Cutting & Hazlewood are all potentially brilliant International bowlers, but adding McKay, we had 4 fairly similar pacers + Faulkner! As I said, I don't blame Bailey for the loss, he didn't have much in the way of variety.

  • Graham on February 15, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge; The Aussies losing by 20 runs to hte World Champion with there entire test squad in India surely isnt as worrying as England losing by 90 runs to New Zealand with there entire squad available. im not too concerned about Australias depth.

  • Prashan on February 15, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    @Meety, well dont you think that Bailey's knock in the world T20 semis against Windies was great?? If Windies were not allowed to score 27 runs in the last over of that match off Doherty, Bailey would have helped Aussies win it! Mark my words! Anyway, since Aussies have lost their past 5 T20 games in a row, it shows that Aussies dont take T20 seriously I guess.

    Windies no doubt played well in the ODIs barring the first one. They just could not capitalize on moments they dominated. Voges no doubt played brilliantly but not sure how long he can last cos he is 30 plus already.

    One more thing I want to say. Doherty deserves another chance at test level in this tour of India. Should he fail there, his test career is over.

  • Vikram on February 14, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    It is only fitting that the only win came in a T20 game.

  • Fabian on February 14, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    It's plain to see that WI team is a T20 team because that's the only game they are capable of winning. I must say that Gibson plan of creating the perfect world cup team is progressing great. I am sure it will be ready for 2030. I still can't see any reason why Shiv Chanderpaul isn't in the ODI team especially when he is churning out runs in "T20 LEAGUES" of all things. Is this the way that they are presevring him for the test series that he should be rescuing for WI.

  • Douglas on February 14, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Must be nice to beat the mighty Aussies twice in one day!

  • steve on February 14, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    @RandyOz - but for some reason you think everyone else should be judged, especially England, by their performances in T20 and as for being the greatest test country of all time, well I guess by recent performances, you can only feel your team is on the slide you accuse so many others of being.

    Teams can only play what is put in front of them, excuses like it's a 3rd string just don't cut it - they are the team chosen to represent their country - so just get over yourselves.