West Indies in Australia ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Australia v West Indies

Australia won by 39 runs

Ok, here we go. Watson and Finch ready to walk in. Kemar Roach hands is hat off to the umpire and measures his run-up. People moving around sightscreen. Two slips in place.

Riddymon: "Why have they replaced Holder with Russell? Holder has been playing pretty good thus far, relatively economical with the ball..bowling good line and length at a decent pace...and Russell is nowhere near consistent enough to warrant pulling Jason Holder out and he's always expensive." Holder has also looked good with the bat..


Toss: Australia have won the toss and they will bat first. As expected, Watson is back in the team and he has replaced Khawaja. West Indies have also made one change - Andre Russell gets his first game; he replaces the impressive Jason Holder.

Dan Ced: "So Finch gets out cheaply in 20 straight games.. but Khawaja misses out.. lovely. Why not Watson and Maxwell opening and Khawaja at 3 or 4?"

Gareth: "I understand the unfortunate nature of Watto's injury, but this is garbage. He has in no way proven he's up for an international return, and they've shafted Uzzie based on alligience to watto. Argus review in effect eh?"

Here comes Hayden with the answer to all Uzzie fans: "Firstly Khawaja wasn't even in the squad that was announced for games 3 and 4 so you all shouldn't be surprised that he isn't playing. And secondly the reason he isn't in the squad is because he is off to India to prepare to the Test series."

NICK K: "The treatment of Finch by the selectors is EXACTLY the way it should be. proved himself at 1st Class level - now given a good stint to prove himself at international level. The chopping and changing needs to stop"

John Teague: "Finch is not failing due to technical incompetence. Finch is failing due to a combination of bad luck and a lack of positive intent (especially in the first two games). We're talking about someone's career here; Finch deserves more chances as he averaged 99.4 and striked at 99.4 this season in OD's." -- Luck is dangerous territory when discussing player's performances John, but I agree that he needs a fair run after the domestic success.

Ross Barrett: "Watson got a duck in Sydney Grade Cricket on Sunday playing for Sutherland in a One Day game - and he is in the team??"

Adam Griffin: "Not sure I agree that Watson has to prove himself for selection in limited overs cricket. That test batting spot, maybe, but in 50 and 20 over cricket there should be no doubt that he's good enough."

"Where is Xavier Doherty he is going to India but no confidence in him from Clark, funny," Sandeep, he is winning the captain's confidence by being the 12th man today.

Errol Erskine: "From a West Indian point of view I too is upset, Sarwan made about 40 runs in 8 games and yet he was selected to tour and you know what he has, just two ducks and he is playing"


8.10 am: They thrilled cricket lovers around the world not so long ago, but the team is yet to deliver on its promise. They lost the ODI series in Bangladesh and are now on the verge of losing another one in Australia.

"From now on every game is a final and we have to play it like that," Darren Sammy said yesterday. They sure played the final at the World T20 with some flair and they need to find that mojo again. For a start, the pitch at the Manuka Oval is a lot friendlier to the batsmen. In other news, Shane Watson is back in the Australia squad and he would hope to get some runs ahead of the India tour. We are 50 mins away from the start. Hope it's a better contest this time.

Windiesaregone: "Regardless of the supposed batsmen friendly conditions at Manuka the simple fact is Australia are not great at the moment but the once mighty West Indians are woeful, player for player they are still not a match even for Australia in it's weakened state."

Patch: "@Windiesaregone - I am not sure that is true, player for player they SHOULD beat the pants off us, but they are not nearly playing to their ability. Chris Gayle has hit more runs off single overs than he has this whole tour."

Jason: "@patch - The windies players don't seem to be up for a battle, when the going is good they play with flair and amaze... when they need to put in some hard yards, they usually come up short."

0.1

Roach to Watson, 1 wide, starts off with a very wide delivery outside off, the keeper takes it knee high

0.1

Roach to Watson, no run, back of length angling in to the batsman, Watson defends off the front foot

0.2

Roach to Watson, no run, similar delivery a touch outside off, it is pushed towards cover off the front foot

0.3

Roach to Watson, 2 runs, slight width outside off and Watson steers it through gully. The third man is standing a bit square and they come back for the second easily

0.4

Roach to Watson, FOUR, fuller length outside off, Watson sends it back through mid-off with a supremely-timed off-drive

0.5

Roach to Watson, no run, length ball on off, it is timed towards mid-off again. A couple of meters straighter and this would have gone to the boundary too

0.6

Roach to Watson, 1 run, angles the length ball on to the middle stump and Watson takes a forward stride but flicks it to deep backward square leg

End of over 1 (8 runs) Australia 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
SR Watson    7* (6b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    1-0-8-0
AJ Finch    0* (0b)     

1.1

Russell to Watson, no run

short cover comes in.

Rastawookie: "I'm having a stinker of a day... this cricket better last until I get home from work, or else Sammy and Clarke will be receiving strongly worded letters"

1.2

Russell to Watson, no run, length ball, shapes away from the right-hander after pitching on a length, left alone easily

1.3

Russell to Watson, no run, good wheels by Russell, bowls it just short of length outside off, and gets good bounce off the surface, left alone

Just one slip now

1.4

Russell to Watson, no run, fuller delivery, Watson goes for the drive but hits it straight to that short-cover fielder, captain Sammy there

1.5

Russell to Watson, no run, back of length delivery angling in from wide off crease, Watson comes forward and drives it on the up towards mid-off

1.6

Russell to Watson, FOUR, gets some width outside with a short of length delivery, Watson had his front foot out but cuts it powerfully through point.

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
SR Watson    11* (12b 2x4)      AD Russell    1-0-4-0
AJ Finch    0* (0b)      KAJ Roach    1-0-8-0

Finch gets strike for the first time

Rami : "Great start for Australia, first over out of the way and Shane Watson is not injured."

2.1

Roach to Finch, no run, back of length angling in towards the off stump, Finch, unlike Watson, goes to the backfoot to defend that to mid-on

2.2

Roach to Finch, no run, he has been hit on the pads and the bowler cries out an appeal! Length ball on off stump, came a touch in but it took a faint inside edge to the pads

2.3

Roach to Finch, no run, back of length delivery, gets up on the batsman who dabs it towards square leg off the back foot

2.4

Roach to Finch, no run, comes on the front foot and drives the length delivery on the up towards mid-off, not much timing there at all

2.5

Roach to Finch, no run, length on the pads and he times his flick superbly, but straight to the man at square leg

2.6

Roach to Finch, no run, he bowls it short of length just outside off stump, Finch comes forward and defends it towards mid-off

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
AJ Finch    0* (6b)      KAJ Roach    2-1-8-0
SR Watson    11* (12b 2x4)      AD Russell    1-0-4-0

Scott: "Ahhh the Watson of old - middles everything...straight to the fielder."

3.1

Russell to Watson, 1 run, no outswing anymore for Russell, it is short of length outside off, Watson gets on top and steers it to third man

3.2

Russell to Finch, FOUR, on to the pads, 146 ks, half-volley really and Finch sends it scurrying along the surface in front of square on the leg side

3.3

Russell to Finch, no run, pulls the length back immediately, on off stump, Finch has to hop to defend that back to the bowler

3.4

Russell to Finch, no run, another back of length delivery, defended back to the bowler

3.5

Russell to Finch, 2 runs, back of length delivery angling in, flicked away past square leg easily

3.6

Russell to Finch, no run, defended back to the bowler off a back of a length delivery on off stump

End of over 4 (7 runs) Australia 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
AJ Finch    6* (11b 1x4)      AD Russell    2-0-11-0
SR Watson    12* (13b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    2-1-8-0

4.1

Roach to Watson, no run, quick length ball on off stump, the batsman goes on the back foot and defends towards mid-on

4.2

Roach to Watson, no run, now he comes forwards and defends that length delivery off the front foot

John: "Scott, how do you think he scored 185* vs Bangladesh? He hit it over the fielders heads."

4.3

Roach to Watson, no run, angled into Watson from wide off the crease, good pace there, around 146 ks, Watson defends it off his hips towards square leg

4.4

Roach to Watson, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off stump, the batsman stays back and cuts it from close to his body, down to third man

Henry: "A bit harsh, Scott: 11 of 12 balls is pretty decent for someone 'hitting the fielders'"

4.5

Roach to Finch, no run, he gets squared up as he tries to defends the length delivery on off stump, plays it towards cover

146 ks is useful pace, according to Richie Benaud.. It's not quite 150..

4.6

Roach to Finch, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, defended towards the leg side off back foot

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 20/0 (RR: 4.00)
AJ Finch    6* (13b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    3-1-9-0
SR Watson    13* (17b 2x4)      AD Russell    2-0-11-0

5.1

Russell to Watson, FOUR, oye! superbly timed down the ground. He has been coming forward all day, and this time he gets a length delivery on the middle stump, and he drives it past the non-striker beautifully

5.2

Russell to Watson, 1 run, back of length around off stump, he stays in the crease and chops it down to third-man

Carson: "I hope Sammy shows some imagination as a captain this match. Last match he stuck to using only 5 bowlers. Other teams use Pollard and Gayle to bowl. I wondered why Sammy did not try something different instead of watching Aus. moved from 98/6 to 261/7 in less than 25 overs."

5.3

Russell to Finch, no run, back of length on off stump, Finch gets up on his toes and pushes the ball back to the bowler

Cobber: "Ah but John, lets not forget Jason Gillespie also scored 200 not out against Bangladesh. Might say more about Bangladesh than Watson."

5.4

Russell to Finch, FOUR, he gets a second boundary as the ball goes through the square leg fielder. That flick should have been stopped..

5.5

Russell to Finch, FOUR, attempts a bouncer but there is not much pace on that, that has been swatted away over the square leg fielder off the middle of the bat

5.6

Russell to Finch, no run, and the square leg fielder is under fire again, he stops this time though. Finch gets up on his toes and flicks the short of length delivery straight to him

End of over 6 (13 runs) Australia 33/0 (RR: 5.50)
AJ Finch    14* (17b 3x4)      AD Russell    3-0-24-0
SR Watson    18* (19b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    3-1-9-0

victor darrell: "@Jason: Just a reminder, in the last major competition WI faced Aussie, T20 WC, we beat you guys in Sri Lanka - and we had to work hard for it. It was not given to us. WI always are subject to this bum rap, that they are only good as front runners!! This has to stop!!"

6.1

Roach to Watson, no run, he goes to the back foot and defends the back of length delivery on off to the short cover fielder

guppy: "im impressed watto is still standing...."

6.2

Roach to Watson, FOUR, super again, It's a 145 k bolt on the pads, and Watson drives it through midwicket off the front foot

6.3

Roach to Watson, 1 run, short of length on the body, doesn't get too high and the batsman easily steers it to third man

6.4

Roach to Finch, no run, length ball on off stump, 147 ks, it angles in towards off stump and Finch defends from the crease

6.5

Roach to Finch, 1 run, goes back to the length ball and gets it past square leg off the inside-half of his bat

6.6

Roach to Watson, 2 runs, gets it past the diving point fielder for a couple. It was a quick short of length delivery on off, the batsman has to jump on his toes, but he manages to get enough timing in his push

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 41/0 (RR: 5.85)
SR Watson    25* (23b 4x4)      KAJ Roach    4-1-17-0
AJ Finch    15* (19b 3x4)      AD Russell    3-0-24-0

Sammy is here. 8th Over. Keeper Up. Short-fine..

Dave: "@Carson, restricting Australia to 260 on the last wicket was good. The 6/98 was the result of great fielding and poor shot selection by Aust. It was a 350 run wicket. The disappointment should have been with their batting after being in a great position,"

7.1

Sammy to Finch, no run, bowls back of length on off stump, the batsman gets on the back foot and defends to mid-on

Nathan: "Everyone is having a go at Shane 'Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane' Watson....don't worry, he will do an injury at the first drinks break and miss another 3 months!"

7.2

Sammy to Finch, no run, keeps it tight with just short of length on off stump, punched back to the bowler off the back foot

7.3

Sammy to Finch, 1 run, more of the same, it's hit back to the bowler, but he ricochets it wide of mid-on and the batsmen take a single

7.4

Sammy to Watson, no run, he comes on the front foot no matter what the length, defends it towards point

BipinR: "Surprised and feel little scared that even Watson also has to prove his worth!!"

7.5

Sammy to Watson, no run, now he goes on the back foot and punches the back of length delivery to mid-off

7.6

Sammy to Watson, no run, good start from Sammy as he keeps it accurate on off and middle stump, defended towards the leg side

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 42/0 (RR: 5.25)
SR Watson    25* (26b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-1-0
AJ Finch    16* (22b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    4-1-17-0

Tim: "Good to see Finch is away. He's accumulated a few doubters it seems with his quiet international summer so far but fans of Aus domestic cricket know he is good enough to not just make it at international level, he can be a star."

8.1

Roach to Finch, FOUR, oh how well is that played! the ball was not that short and it was outside off, but the batsman waits for it and short-arm jabs it through midwicket

8.2

Roach to Finch, no run, back of length on off stump, defended towards mid-on

8.3

Roach to Finch, 1 run, lucky lucky! Short of length, he tries to flick it towards the leg side, gets a healthy leading edge and it drops between Sammy at shot cover and the man at cover..

8.4

Roach to Watson, 2 runs, back of length outside off, cut to third man

8.5

Roach to Watson, 1 run, gets some width outside off and he opens the face to run it down to third man

LXP: "Can't help but feel this innings from Watto might be just what Finch needs: someone at the other end timing the ball, scoring runs, playing normal shots, and taking the focus off him."

8.6

Roach to Finch, no run, short of length outside off, gets some bounce and the batsman leaves it alone

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 50/0 (RR: 5.55)
AJ Finch    21* (26b 4x4)      KAJ Roach    5-1-25-0
SR Watson    28* (28b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-1-0

Sparkesy: "@victor darrell - Actually, given that George Bailey inexplicably turned to Doherty to bowl at the death to two of the most powerful hitters in the game, I'd say the matcg was pretty much handed to WI with that decision (though they did work hard to make the final)."

9.1

Sammy to Watson, FOUR, that's what happens when the keeper stands up, Watson edges his cut and it runs down to the boundary.

9.2

Sammy to Watson, no run, short of length on off stump, he goes back and defends towards the off side

9.3

Sammy to Watson, no run, appeals for lbw, but it hit the batsman on the thigh pad. the ball cut in after pitching short of length and beat the inside edge.

mike_doyle: "I was talking to finchy before the game and he thinks he use to dominate when he played here. Signs look good already...

9.4

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, back of length on the off and middle line, turned to deep square leg off the back foot

9.5

Sammy to Finch, no run, he gets up on his toes and defends the length ball to midwicket

9.6

Sammy to Finch, FOUR, short of length, but it strays down the leg side and the batsman goes back, glances it to the left of short-fine for a boundary. good placement there.

End of over 10 (9 runs) Australia 59/0 (RR: 5.90)
AJ Finch    25* (28b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-10-0
SR Watson    33* (32b 5x4)      KAJ Roach    5-1-25-0

vivek: "@sparkesy - A list A avg of 40 at a SR of 84 is not exactly international star material :-)"

10.1

DJ Bravo to Watson, no run, slower delivery wide outside off by Dwayne, the batsman pushes it to point off the front foot

10.2

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, pushed towards mid-on with soft hands and the batsmen run a single

Liam from Canberra: "I note with disappointment (but not surprise) that Aaron Finch's nickname is 'Finchy'. Surely 'Atticus' would be more catchier."

10.3

DJ Bravo to Finch, 2 runs, the foot saves the boundary at deep point. It was cut hard past point and Russell sticks his boot out and saves the runs.

10.4

DJ Bravo to Finch, 1 run, here comes the heave to the leg side, but it was a slower ball and it messes up with his timing, it goes over midwicket, but the deep square leg fielder fields

10.5

DJ Bravo to Watson, 2 runs, oh wow! Comes forward so early and punches it straight past non-striker. The fielder from long-off runs around and keeps the batsmen to two

10.6

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, goes forward again and pushes the length delivery to the deep cover fielder

End of over 11 (7 runs) Australia 66/0 (RR: 6.00)
SR Watson    37* (36b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0
AJ Finch    28* (30b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-10-0

hazza: "watto said in an interview yesterday that he thinks he has runs in him- bet he regrets eating a vindaloo the night before a game"

11.1

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, length ball a touch outside off, the batsman stays in the crease and chops it down from very close to his body, down to third man

11.2

Sammy to Finch, no run, back of length on off stump, the batsman gets right behind it and defends it to the leg side

11.3

Sammy to Finch, 2 runs, back of length, but a touch outside off, Finch stays in the crease and opens the face right at the end to run it down fine on the off side

11.4

Sammy to Finch, 1 run, this time he cuts it off the back foot, but straight down to third-man

Jonesy: "How awkward for you vivek, Chris Gayle has a list A average of 39.." LXP: "@vivek - a certain Brian Lara has the same List A average as Finch. Maybe he's not a star either?"

11.5

Sammy to Watson, no run, he comes forward and defends the length ball on off

11.6

Sammy to Watson, FOUR, hammered! he has had enough off Vivek's comment. Stays in the crease and slams this length ball on off over midwicket for a fast, flat boundary

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 74/0 (RR: 6.16)
SR Watson    42* (39b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-18-0
AJ Finch    31* (33b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0

Narine's time has come..

12.1

Narine to Finch, 1 run, flight, wide outside off, up to the batsman, it's driven hard to deep cover and it gets there in no time

12.2

Narine to Watson, 1 run, flatter delivery on the middle stump, tucked away to deep backward square for a single

12.3

Narine to Finch, no run, flatter delivery outside off, turns in to the batsman, he cuts it hard, but straight to point

12.4

Narine to Finch, 1 run, waits for the ball to turn in and pushes it past midwicket for a single

Jeremy Ng: "Am I the only one who finds that it is ironic/funny that here at Manuka Oval 15 000 and sell-out are synonymous? Hopefully in the future the ground can increase its capacity for more fans to see regular 300+ scores and heaps of boundaries."

12.5

Narine to Watson, no run, slower, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman has to come right forward to defend that

12.6

Narine to Watson, FOUR, width, length is short, invitation to hit, Watson cuts it hard and past the diving point fielder

End of over 13 (7 runs) Australia 81/0 (RR: 6.23)
SR Watson    47* (42b 7x4)      SP Narine    1-0-7-0
AJ Finch    33* (36b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-18-0

Rob Noah: "Good heavens, what's with all the bling around the necks of these West Indian bowlers? Dean Jones was worried about Ambrose's wristband, with all this jewellery flapping about it could just about put the batsmen into a hypnotic trance! In fact, what a great idea!"

13.1

Sammy to Finch, 1 run, it is on just short of length, but it's on the middle stump line, nudged to deep square leg off the back foot

13.2

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, slightly outside off, but that is enough for Watson to open the face and steer it down to third man

13.3

Sammy to Finch, 2 runs, similar delivery, this time to Finch, who cuts it to the right of third-man and gets back for a couple

13.4

Sammy to Finch, 1 run, and again, this one goes a bit quicker to the fielder and that keeps the batsmen to a single

13.5

Sammy to Watson, no run, length ball angling in at 123 ks, it's defended off the front foot from around off stump line

13.6

Sammy to Watson, no run, slower delivery, 100 ks, and it was on the pads, but the batsman is beaten by the pace and gets hit on the pads as he tries to glance it

Hayeswall: "@ the Windies accessories. Oppa Blingboy Style."

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 86/0 (RR: 6.14)
SR Watson    48* (45b 7x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-23-0
AJ Finch    37* (39b 5x4)      SP Narine    1-0-7-0

14.1

Narine to Finch, 1 run, tossed up wide outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to deep cover

Armitage Shanks: "It's funny, I assumed Vivek was describing Doherty with that average and strike rate!"

14.2

Narine to Watson, no run, tossed up outside off stump, the batsman takes a massive forward stride and defends

14.3

Narine to Watson, no run, pushed through outside off stump, more front foot defence

14.4

Narine to Watson, no run, gives it some flight on off stump, the batsman stays in the crease and plays it to midwicket

14.5

Narine to Watson, no run, goes on the backfoot to the flatter delivery and pushes it back to the bowler

14.6

Narine to Watson, 1 run, turning in from around off stump, the batsman whips it off the back foot to deep square leg

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 88/0 (RR: 5.86)
SR Watson    49* (50b 7x4)      SP Narine    2-0-9-0
AJ Finch    38* (40b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-23-0

Ben K: "If we make it to 0/100 it will be the first time for Australia in an ODI since March 25th last year. Ironically also against the West Indies."

15.1

Sammy to Watson, no run, length ball on off, pushed to mid-off off the front foot

15.2

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, he answers the detractors with a fifty straightaway with and easy steer to third-man

This came just before the wicket, so it needs to be put up - Dennis Yang: "And now prepare yourself, with the dismissal of Aaron Finch, for the emergence of Finchinators (aka feedbackers ruthelessly criticising Finch)."

15.3

Sammy to Finch, OUT, oh no! Finch is not able to answer his detractors as he falls early again. It was a length ball outside off and he tries to play it towards third man - he has been doing it all morning - but it was too close. the ball kisses the edge and disappears in Thomas' gloves. Darren Sammy and Ben K worked him out..

AJ Finch c †Thomas b Sammy 38 (61m 41b 5x4 0x6) SR: 92.68

Alex: "@Ben K: And this is why Australian cricket has so many superstitions."

Phil the Hughes comes in. Keeper goes back now.

dave: "Lets take a moment and be thankful to Ben for the contribution"

15.4

Sammy to Hughes, no run, angled across the left-hander at 122ks, left alone

15.5

Sammy to Hughes, (no ball) 1 run, oh! he has overstepped, but Hughes edged it in the air past gully. And the replay shows that is a super harsh-call for the no-ball

Free-hit, Watson on strikde. Midwicket and mid-off have gone back

15.5

Sammy to Watson, (no ball) FOUR, full-toss and another no-ball for height this time. It is swatted away over square leg for a one-bounced four

Still free hit. Sammy is super annoyed. It wasn't even a no-ball in the first place

15.5

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, fuller length ball on middle stump, Watson doesn't get hold of it and ends up chipping it to long-off

15.6

Sammy to Hughes, no run, back of length outside off stump, Hughes stays on the back foot and defends it to the off side

End of over 16 (9 runs) Australia 97/1 (RR: 6.06)
PJ Hughes    1* (3b)      DJG Sammy    5-0-32-1
SR Watson    55* (54b 8x4)      SP Narine    2-0-9-0

16.1

Narine to Watson, 1 run, tossed up outside off, it is slightly short in length and that allows Watson to go back and drag it to long-on

16.2

Narine to Hughes, 1 run, flighted on the middle and off line, pushed to long-on off the front foot

16.3

Narine to Watson, 1 run, flatter delivery on off and middle, turns in a bit, the batsman works it to deep backward square leg area

16.4

Narine to Hughes, no run, flighted on leg stump, spins in a touch, defended towards off side

16.5

Narine to Hughes, no run, he comes forward and pushes the tossed up delivery to cover

Round the wicket

16.6

Narine to Hughes, no run, pushed through on off stump, Hughes takes a big stride and defends

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 100/1 (RR: 5.88)
PJ Hughes    2* (7b)      SP Narine    3-0-12-0
SR Watson    57* (56b 8x4)      DJG Sammy    5-0-32-1

17.1

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, length ball on the middle stump line, tucked away to deep square leg off the front foot

17.2

Sammy to Hughes, no run, length ball angling across the left-hander, Hughes comes forward and pushes it to cover

17.3

Sammy to Hughes, no run, stays on the back foot and cuts the short of length delivery from close to his body, straight to point

17.4

Sammy to Hughes, no run, keeps it tight round about the off stump line, defended off the back foot, back to the bowler

17.5

Sammy to Hughes, no run, goes back to cut, but the length is not that short and he chops it on the off side

17.6

Sammy to Hughes, no run, back of length on off, Hughes goes on the back foot and pushes it to cover point

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 101/1 (RR: 5.61)
PJ Hughes    2* (12b)      DJG Sammy    6-0-33-1
SR Watson    58* (57b 8x4)      SP Narine    3-0-12-0

Rohan: "Say who, say what, Australia is lucky to have a batsman (read not allrounder) like Watson in any of their teams at the moment. The guy is gun, built like Tarzan, strikes them like Tarzan

18.1

Narine to Watson, no run, flatter delivery, turning in from outside off stump, pushed towards midwicket

18.2

Narine to Watson, 1 run, he stays in the crease and turns this down to deep backward square leg

Round the wicket

18.3

Narine to Hughes, no run, he comes forward to defends but gets hit on the shoulder of the bat, it goes safely to the off side

18.4

Narine to Hughes, no run, comes to the front foot and defends to cover

18.5

Narine to Hughes, no run, slightly wider delivery, defended towards point off the front foot

18.6

Narine to Hughes, no run, it is bowled flat and goes the other way after pitching, the batsman goes on the back foot and drops it close to the leg side, the keeper gets there quickly to prevent the single

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 102/1 (RR: 5.36)
PJ Hughes    2* (16b)      SP Narine    4-0-13-0
SR Watson    59* (59b 8x4)      DJG Sammy    6-0-33-1

Tony: "Rohan - I didn't realise the 7th Earl of Greystoke was a cricketer..."

19.1

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, full delivery, but it's on the pads and is easily flicked to deep square leg for a single

Gavin : "And now for the boring part of the match, where Hughes takes forever to get a run, and Watson is too afraid of getting out....wake me when bailey is in"

19.2

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, inside edge as the batsman doesn't come forward to a length ball, he chops it on to his pads

19.3

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, comes forward and pushes the length ball outside off to mid-off

19.4

DJ Bravo to Hughes, 1 run, a good shot for just a single. Hughes comes forward and drives the ball through off side, off the front foot, but there is a fielder in the deep

19.5

DJ Bravo to Watson, no run, another inside edge as Watson tries to defend off the front foot, it goes past the leg stump towards the keeper

19.6

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, pitched up a bit fuller, Watson is already on the front foot and plays the pick-up shot towards deep square leg, it goes to the fielder in the deep after one bounce

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 105/1 (RR: 5.25)
SR Watson    61* (62b 8x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-10-0
PJ Hughes    3* (19b)      SP Narine    4-0-13-0

Alex: "Hughes is showing the only weakness he, and also George Bailey, have in the short forms. If they get out early on in their innings, not only do the team lose a wicket but also the dot balls Hughes and Bailey take to get set. However, Bailey showed on Sunday that he can pay that back with change once he's in."

20.1

Narine to Watson, no run, slightly shorter delivery and Watson is quick to pounce on that as he plays towards midwicket, but Pollard makes a good stop

20.2

Narine to Watson, 1 run, slightly outside off and the batsman cuts it to the right of point for a single

a slip and silly point in place

20.3

Narine to Hughes, 1 run, he drives the flighted delivery outside off, in the air through cover

20.4

Narine to Watson, FOUR, flatter delivery, Watson goes for a late cut but is not in control of that shot at all, it goes past the first slip and runs down to the boundary

20.5

Narine to Watson, 1 run, flighted and full, it's on the middle and leg line and it's flicked away to deep square leg

20.6

Narine to Hughes, 1 run, works it to wide mid-on against the spin, he went back and used a lot of wrist in that shot

End of over 21 (8 runs) Australia 113/1 (RR: 5.38)
PJ Hughes    5* (21b)      SP Narine    5-0-21-0
SR Watson    67* (66b 9x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-10-0

21.1

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, back of length outside off, played towards point off the back foot

Noman Aziz: "Just wondering what the rules say if a batsman gets out on a no-ball and the bowler reviews it and the tv reviews show it wasn't a no ball. Would the decision be overturned considering batsman also changes his mind at the last second upon hearing the no ball call? Does the bowler/batsman/runner have the right to review a no ball?" As you see Noman, that's not part of the deal...

21.2

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, length ball on off stump, pushed to mid-on off the front foot

Round the wicket

Daniel: "Australia: With how slow Hughes is going we're going need 200 from Watson"

Adam: "Alex: It's the Cameron White disease. Michael Bevan had it too, but back in his time (due to lower scoring rates) it wasn't a disease."

21.3

DJ Bravo to Hughes, 1 run, it swings away from the batsman, but it's too wide, Hughes goes for the booming drive and hits it straight to deep cover

21.4

DJ Bravo to Watson, no run, length ball on off stump, Watson comes forward and punches it to cover

21.5

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, slower delivery, 98 ks, Watson was going for the heave towards midwicket, but ends up dragging it towards deep square leg

Dale: "I understand the need to get in, but is it really that hard to work the odd single here and there while doing it?"

21.6

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, back of length delivery, angling in from round the stumps, pushed to point off the back foot

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 115/1 (RR: 5.22)
PJ Hughes    6* (25b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-12-0
SR Watson    68* (68b 9x4)      SP Narine    5-0-21-0

Sumal Fernando: "I've always wondered what happens if the ball hits Spider Cam???" -- a dead ball, has happened a couple of times.

22.1

Narine to Watson, no run, flatter delivery on middle stump, pushed to midwicket off the back foot

22.2

Narine to Watson, no run, flighted delivery on off, defended towards the leg side off the front foot

22.3

Narine to Watson, 1 run, tossed up fuller to the batsman, Watson drives it down to long-on

Professor: "Norman, I think players can't review based on what they saw on the screen at the ground. Otherwise, players would be watching the replay before deciding to review. Sammy saw the replay and realized it wasn't a no ball."

22.4

Narine to Hughes, no run, flighted around off stump, Hughes comes forward and pushes it to cover

22.5

Narine to Hughes, 3 runs, dropped at slip. He didn't even get a hand to that. Hughes went back to a flatter delivery and tried to cut, the edge flew low to the right of Sammy, who was a touch late to go for that..

22.6

Narine to Watson, no run, flatter delivery on the middle stump, he defends it to midwicket off the front foot

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 119/1 (RR: 5.17)
SR Watson    69* (72b 9x4)      SP Narine    6-0-25-0
PJ Hughes    9* (27b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-12-0

SCOTT: "It's a 50 over match...give them time. I remember once Matty Hayden taking 17 balls to get off the mark, and then going on to score more-than-a-run-a-ball century."

23.1

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, back of length on off stump, the batsman goes on the back foot and defends it to leg side

23.2

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, length ball just outside off, the batsman stays in the crease and runs it to point

Fitzy: "@Dale and @Daniel - if all batsmen followed your school of thought and had to be hitting at 100 strike rate from the outset we would see a lot more 70 all outs. Game awareness. Hughes doesnt need to tee off straight away here."

23.3

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, slower delivery, it's full on the off stump, Hughes whips a drive towards midwicket, but Sarwan cuts it with a dive

23.4

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, walks forward as he defends the length ball to the off side

Deeeeee: "waiting for the day a batsmen reviews a clean-bowled in a the hope of DRS detecting a front foot no-ball!"

23.5

DJ Bravo to Hughes, 1 run, waits for the short of length delivery to come to him, then he opens the face to run it down to third man

23.6

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, he stays in the crease and chops the length delivery outside off to third man for a single

End of over 24 (2 runs) Australia 121/1 (RR: 5.04)
SR Watson    70* (73b 9x4)      DJ Bravo    4-0-14-0
PJ Hughes    10* (32b)      SP Narine    6-0-25-0

cricinfo-feedbacker pressure building on Hughes.. Here comes Gayle to bowl.. with glasses on.

24.1

Gayle to Watson, no run, quicker delivery on the off stump, driven straight to midwicket

24.2

Gayle to Watson, no run, slows it down with a flighted delivery on off stump, defended off the front foot

24.3

Gayle to Watson, 2 runs, allows the ball to spin in to him, and dabs it towards square leg with soft hands and takes a couple

24.4

Gayle to Watson, 2 runs, and similar shot again, he played that softly and perfectly placed it in the gap around square leg

24.5

Gayle to Watson, 2 runs, goes down on his knee premeditatedly and picks up the flighted delivery from around middle fine to the leg side

24.6

Gayle to Watson, 1 run, flatter delivery on the middle, Watson bends down and flat-bats it to deep backward square leg

Mick: "There was a review for a clean bowled. It involved NZ and the player was clean bowled. The non striker saw the front foot no balled and told him to review straight away and was over turned. It was very early in the DRS"

End of over 25 (7 runs) Australia 128/1 (RR: 5.12)
SR Watson    77* (79b 9x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-7-0
PJ Hughes    10* (32b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-14-0

josh: "I never thought I'd live to see the day where people were calling for Bailey to come in as an entertaining bat! I guess that the remarkable last over masked the fact he normally bats slower than hughes - 30 runs off his last 6 balls faced was a good effort"

25.1

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, length ball with a lot of width, cracked towards point, but Pollard gets a good hand to hit and parries that to deep cover

25.2

DJ Bravo to Hughes, FOUR, pressure pressure..It was a length ball wide outside off, Hughes gives it an uncharacteristic swing, and it just drops over mid-on and rolls on to the boundary

25.3

DJ Bravo to Hughes, no run, length ball on off stump, this time he stays in the crease and pushes it to cover

Fine leg comes up..

25.4

DJ Bravo to Hughes, 1 run, he moves outside off and turns the length ball to square leg for a single

25.5

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, length ball, wide outside off, Watson is on the front foot and he crashes it straight to deep cover

25.6

DJ Bravo to Hughes, 2 runs, short ball outside off, Hughes rolls his wrist as he plays that pull to deep midwicket

End of over 26 (9 runs) Australia 137/1 (RR: 5.26)
PJ Hughes    17* (36b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    5-0-23-0
SR Watson    79* (81b 9x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-7-0

Meety: "Genuinely believe with the new laws in ODIs, that it will (or rather already is), a case of back to the future. Where teams conserve wicket thru to the old 40th over mark & then launch from there. Teams were launching from the 30th over & turning the last 20 overs into a 20/20. I think Hughes is playing to the team plan!"

26.1

Gayle to Watson, 1 run

Round the wicket

26.2

Gayle to Hughes, FOUR, it is short and it is wide, any batsman is going to cut it past point and Hughes does the same

26.3

Gayle to Hughes, no run, very slow and on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to point

26.4

Gayle to Hughes, no run, now he defends it to midwicket off the front foot

26.5

Gayle to Hughes, 1 run, flicked to the leg side and Sammy at midwicket dives, but can't prevent the single

26.6

Gayle to Watson, no run, 76 ks, very slow, Watson comes forward and defends

End of over 27 (6 runs) Australia 143/1 (RR: 5.29)
SR Watson    80* (83b 9x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-13-0
PJ Hughes    22* (40b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    5-0-23-0

Over the wicket to Hughes

27.1

DJ Bravo to Hughes, 1 run, length ball on the pads, pushed away towards wide mid-on for a single

27.2

DJ Bravo to Watson, 2 runs, full delivery on the pads, it's flicked easily to deep backward square leg

27.3

DJ Bravo to Watson, FOUR, super drive! gets a full and wide delivery and Watson doesn't believe in caressing the ball, he cracks it with some power through extra cover

27.4

DJ Bravo to Watson, no run, attempts it again, but the bat rotates in his hand this time as the ball was slightly slower, it goes back to the bowler

27.5

DJ Bravo to Watson, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, defended to the leg side

27.6

DJ Bravo to Watson, 1 run, length ball outside off, the batsman waits for it and runs it down to third man for a single

End of over 28 (8 runs) Australia 151/1 (RR: 5.39)
SR Watson    87* (88b 10x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-31-0
PJ Hughes    23* (41b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-13-0

Craig: "I like Richie Benaud's theory on ODI target scores. Whatever the score is after 30 overs, double it, then remove 10 runs for every wicket lost." --- remember to test it out today.

28.1

Gayle to Watson, 1 run, quicker delivery and Watson gets hurried in his sweep shot, still manages to play it towards deep square leg

28.2

Gayle to Hughes, 1 run, flatter and quicker on the off stump line, turned to square leg for a single

28.3

Gayle to Watson, no run, slower now, he comes down and sweeps it straight to short fine

28.4

Gayle to Watson, 1 run, plays it with the turns to deep backward square leg

28.5

Gayle to Hughes, 1 run, quicker delivery on the pads, the batsmen take a single to Sammy at midwicket. He didn't pick it up clean. the keeper shrieks..

28.6

Gayle to Watson, 1 run, flighted on off, Watson comes down the crease and drives it down to long on

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 156/1 (RR: 5.37)
SR Watson    90* (92b 10x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-18-0
PJ Hughes    25* (43b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-31-0

Along came Polly.. Pollard gets the ball... No, it's Kemar Roach. Sammy confusing everyone..

Lee: "I don't wanna be that guy... But Watson looking really good and nearly at 100. We know how this usually ends" -- You have been spotted Lee, so you are not that guy..

29.1

Roach to Watson, FOUR, short of length on off stump, Watson cuts it hard to deep point. Narine runs around from third-man and he had enough time to pick it up, but he chooses to stick his foot out and fails horribly...

29.2

Roach to Watson, no run, pushed to cover off the front foot off a length ball

29.3

Roach to Watson, no run, drives it well off a length ball, but it's hit straight to mid-off

29.4

Roach to Watson, no run, length ball a touch outside off, Watson comes forward and pushes it to cover

29.5

Roach to Watson, no run, slower ball wide outside off, the batsman tries to drive it square, but ends up playing that straight to point

29.6

Roach to Watson, 1 run, short of length on off stump, he pushes it to wide mid-on off the front foot and takes the single to keep strike

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 161/1 (RR: 5.36)
SR Watson    95* (98b 11x4)      KAJ Roach    6-1-30-0
PJ Hughes    25* (43b 2x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-18-0

Donk: "@Craig - I'm not a fan of Richie's formula, purely because it works a lot of the time and takes a lot of the excitement out. I think that's why the analysts never repeat it."

30.1

Gayle to Watson, 1 run, flighted on the pads, he sweeps it in the air, but safely down to deep backward square leg

Round the wicket

30.2

Gayle to Hughes, no run, very slow, with some width outside off, Hughes cuts it but straight to point

30.3

Gayle to Hughes, 1 run, flicked to deep square leg and there is hesitation for the second, the throw comes to the bowler at the wrong end..

30.4

Gayle to Watson, 1 run, takes a couple of steps down the crease and drives it to long-on

30.5

Gayle to Hughes, 1 wide, quicker 100k delivery down the leg side, Thomas does well to get hands to it

30.5

Gayle to Hughes, no run, quicker outside off and Hughes fails to pierce the gap at point again

30.6

Gayle to Hughes, no run, full and tossed up outside off, he comes forward and drives, but straight to cover this time

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 165/1 (RR: 5.32)
PJ Hughes    26* (47b 2x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-22-0
SR Watson    97* (100b 11x4)      KAJ Roach    6-1-30-0

31.1

Roach to Watson, 1 run, back of length outside off, the batsman stays back and steers it down to third man

31.2

Roach to Hughes, no run, full delivery on off stump, crashed off the front foot, but straight to cover

31.3

Roach to Hughes, 1 run, turns the delivery on the middle stump to wide long-on with a wristy push

Macoure: "With the "Richie Theory" I would say it's spot on today. Anything less than 310 would be a bit upsetting considering we have wickets in hand and 2 set batsmen at the crease. Especially with Hughes in very good form at the moment."

31.4

Roach to Watson, 2 runs, length delivery on the pads, it's turned down to deep backward square leg. Welcome back Shane Watson...Hundred no. 7 for him

Paras: ""Watto".......If you would have been in playing for India, must have got a demi god status by now. "Wat"to performer you are!!!!!"

31.5

Roach to Watson, 1 run, back of length outside off, steered down to third-man for a single

Now we wait for Watson's 100th Six.. He has got 99.

31.6

Roach to Hughes, FOUR, ugly ugly, it goes through the fielder at cover point. Pollard it is. It was driven on the up straight to him and it runs away to the boundary

End of over 32 (9 runs) Australia 174/1 (RR: 5.43)
PJ Hughes    31* (50b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    7-1-39-0
SR Watson    101* (103b 11x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-22-0

victor darrell: "Sammy running out of ideas. That happens when you pick 4 all-rounders that bring the same skills set to the table. This has been an ongoing problem with WI team selection under Gibson. There is no variety in their attack apart from Narine. The other bowlers only difference is the pace at which they bowl..WI looking at having to get abut 330 to keep this series alive!!!"

32.1

Gayle to Watson, 2 runs, the bigger boundary at deep midwicket keeps the ball in. He waited for the slow ball and slammed it deep, but the fielder got to it easily

32.2

Gayle to Watson, SIX, gets his 100th six, the pace helped a bit and he picked it over deep midwicket with his favourite slog sweep

32.3

Gayle to Watson, no run, it is slow on the middle, he shapes to play aggressively but defends it the end

32.4

Gayle to Watson, 1 run, swings his bat again, but ends up driving it to long-on

32.5

Gayle to Hughes, FOUR, he gets a short and wide delivery outside off, this time he puts it in the gap at point and gets a boundary

32.6

Gayle to Hughes, 1 run, flighted on the pads, driven down to long-on easily

End of over 33 (14 runs) Australia 188/1 (RR: 5.69)
PJ Hughes    36* (52b 4x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-36-0
SR Watson    110* (107b 11x4 1x6)      KAJ Roach    7-1-39-0

Watson has glided easily to a hundred, Hughes picking up scoring..

33.1

Roach to Hughes, 1 run, on the middle stump line, whipped to deep square leg off the back foot

33.2

Roach to Watson, SIX, long long long way this one has gone! He has switches gears now. Length delivery on off stump and he swings it over long on easily

33.3

Roach to Watson, FOUR, fuller on off, he doesn't get a lot behind it, but it is enough to take it to the straight boundary after a couple of bounces

33.4

Roach to Watson, 2 runs, short and slow, he has to wait for it, but he pulls it down to deep square leg where Pollard makes a good diving stop

33.5

Roach to Watson, OUT, caught at deep backward square leg! He wasn't really going to stop after his hundred. It was a short and fast delivery on the body, Watson goes for a hook shot but it goes straight to Pollard at the boundary..

SR Watson c Pollard b Roach 122 (138m 111b 12x4 2x6) SR: 109.90

He got to 122 from 100 in no time.. Time for me to rest my fingers now.. Sorry to all who were betting on Watto's double

Doonish: "Do you think it would help if we let Watson wear the coloured stuff in tests?"

33.6

Roach to Hughes, FOUR, back of length on the middle and leg, Hughes glances it fine past the short fine leg for another boundary

49 after the END of Powerplay

End of over 34 (17 runs) Australia 205/2 (RR: 6.02)
PJ Hughes    41* (54b 5x4)      KAJ Roach    8-1-56-1
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      CH Gayle    5-0-36-0

AB medal winner has walked out. Now comes Polly

34.1

Pollard to Clarke, no run, length ball wide outside off, driven on the up to cover

Shyam Sundar: "Ominous signs for India. Watson has struck form just before an all important tour. And he has an excellent record against India. Indians beware!!!!"

34.2

Pollard to Clarke, no run, slightly slower on off stump, defended towards the leg side by the batsman

34.3

Pollard to Clarke, 1 run, back of length on the off stump, Clarke pushes it towards square leg and calls for a quick single

34.4

Pollard to Hughes, no run, slower length delivery on middle stump, defended towards leg and Clarke is sent back in time as Polly gets there to the ball with two giant leaps

34.5

Pollard to Hughes, 1 run, a touch fuller on off stump, whipped through midwicket for a single

Clarke starts walking down the pitch to hit to leg, but Polly doesn't deliver the ball..

34.6

Pollard to Clarke, no run, slower delivery on the middle and leg, hits the pads as the batsman is unable to get it away

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 207/2 (RR: 5.91)
MJ Clarke    1* (4b)      KA Pollard    1-0-2-0
PJ Hughes    42* (56b 5x4)      KAJ Roach    8-1-56-1

Russell back in the attack.

35.1

Russell to Hughes, no run, turns the length ball on the middle stump straight to short fine leg

Drew: "Hughes proving all the doubters wrong. The dot balls are paying off. Get off his back"

35.2

Russell to Hughes, FOUR, down the leg side and Hughes gets some bat on it, just enough to beat the short fine fielder and it runs away to the boundary

35.3

Russell to Hughes, 1 run, short of length outside off, the batsman stays on the back foot and opens the face to run it down to third-man

Cinu: "at Doonish..I have been wanting Dhoni to wear the colored shirt in tests for the last 5 years!!"

35.4

Russell to Clarke, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and drives it to mid-on, on the up

Bruce: "Strategically, would have been a perfect time to send in the Big Show again..."

35.5

Russell to Clarke, 1 run, crashes the length ball outside off, straight back towards the bowlers, or it looks that way, but then he didn't time it that well and it goes only as far as mid-on

35.6

Russell to Hughes, 1 run, length ball on off stump, run down to third man for another single

End of over 36 (7 runs) Australia 214/2 (RR: 5.94)
PJ Hughes    48* (60b 6x4)      AD Russell    4-0-31-0
MJ Clarke    2* (6b)      KA Pollard    1-0-2-0

36.1

Pollard to Hughes, 1 run, length ball on off stump, he comes to the front foot and eases it through cover for a single

36.2

Pollard to Clarke, FOUR, one bounce, two bounce, four, straight over the bowler's head. It was a full delivery and Clarke just went with the swing

36.3

Pollard to Clarke, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, a leading edge almost carries to to mid-on

Review for lbw

36.4

Pollard to Clarke, no run, Clarke sees length and goes across the line straight away, but it was a slower delivery and he completely misses it. gets hit infront of off stump (maybe). The umpire says not out but Pollard calls for the review immediately. The only thing that could have saved Clarke was an inside edge. DRS says the batsman is hit just outside the line and so the decision stays..Reprieve for Clarke, but that was a bad shot

36.5

Pollard to Clarke, 1 run, length ball wide outside off, driven on the up to mid-off

36.6

Pollard to Hughes, no run, length ball angling across the batsman, cut straight to point

End of over 37 (6 runs) Australia 220/2 (RR: 5.94)
PJ Hughes    49* (62b 6x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    7* (10b 1x4)      AD Russell    4-0-31-0

Alex: "That review shows my biggest problem with the DRS: between methods of dismissal there are different margins of error. With LBWs there's a huge margin to save an umpire's original call, but with catch reviews, like Pollard's last Sunday, decisions can be overturned on practically a whim."

37.1

Russell to Clarke, 1 run, drives it on the up to deep cover for a single

jwah: "Did Glenn Maxwell get to pick his own nickname? Seriously...BIG SHOW...how about PART TIMER?!"

37.2

Russell to Hughes, 1 run, short of length ball, it's squeezed to deep point off the back foot and Hughes, after all that concern from our feedbackers, makes it to his half-century. [Applause]

37.3

Russell to Clarke, 1 run, short of length delivery on off stump, it is turned towards midwicket off the front foot for a single

37.4

Russell to Hughes, no run, short of length ball on off stump, Hughes tries to pull it, but gets it as far as midwicket

Meanwhile, Russell gets warned for walking on the pitch

37.5

Russell to Hughes, SIX, and here comes the big shot, length ball on the middle, he gives it mighty thwack and sends it soaring over deep midwicket boundary into the crowd

37.6

Russell to Hughes, 1 run, makes room and drives the length delivery outside off to long-off

Giovanni Torre: "Maxwell got his nickname from the wrestler I think. And he's not a bad performer with the bat bro."

End of over 38 (10 runs) Australia 230/2 (RR: 6.05)
PJ Hughes    57* (66b 6x4 1x6)      AD Russell    5-0-41-0
MJ Clarke    9* (12b 1x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-8-0

38.1

Pollard to Hughes, no run, full delivery outside off, Hughes drives, but straight to cover

Matt: "Jwah i believe Matthew Wade in fact gave him that nick name"

38.2

Pollard to Hughes, 1 run, short of length outside off, chopped to short third-man for a single

38.3

Pollard to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track and chips it down the long on

38.4

Pollard to Hughes, 2 runs, length ball on the middle stump, pushed to deep midwicket with soft hands and they are back for a couple

Chris: "Sammy is running true to form, and it would be quite a surprise to see him bowling now."

38.5

Pollard to Hughes, 1 run, slower and fuller outside off, driven down to long-off for a single

optimist: "i never saw a better bowler in russell... pollard is betteer than russell except that russell has some pace in his bowling

38.6

Pollard to Clarke, 2 runs, length ball on off stump, Clarke whips it to deep midwicket and calls for another couple

End of over 39 (7 runs) Australia 237/2 (RR: 6.07)
MJ Clarke    12* (14b 1x4)      KA Pollard    3-0-15-0
PJ Hughes    61* (70b 6x4 1x6)      AD Russell    5-0-41-0

Narine round the stumps

39.1

Narine to Hughes, 1 wide, bowls it very wide outside off

39.1

Narine to Hughes, 1 run, quicker delivery outside off, turns away a bit, but Hughes flat bats it towards long-on

39.2

Narine to Clarke, 1 run, pushed through on the middle stump line, tucked away to deep square leg

Over the wicket to Hughes now.

39.3

Narine to Hughes, no run, flighted outside off, Hughes square drives, but straight to point

39.4

Narine to Hughes, no run, beaten outside off with a quicker one as Hughes goes for a cut

39.5

Narine to Hughes, no run, flighted outside off, turns away, it's cut straight to point

39.6

Narine to Hughes, no run, fuller and quicker on off, Hughes is late on it and ends up pushing it back to the bowler

End of over 40 (3 runs) Australia 240/2 (RR: 6.00)
PJ Hughes    62* (75b 6x4 1x6)      SP Narine    7-0-28-0
MJ Clarke    13* (15b 1x4)      KA Pollard    3-0-15-0

Keeper standing up

40.1

Pollard to Clarke, 2 runs, driven in the air to wide long-on of a pitched up delivery on off, they take a couple easily

shaun: "I'm looking for people to chip in some money with me to pay for a frontal lobotomy for Maxwell. He should still be able to bat the same, but it would cure him of his personality. Any takers?"

40.2

Pollard to Clarke, no run, fuller delivery outside off, driven hard, but Polly bends down to make a good stop

40.3

Pollard to Clarke, no run, short of length slower ball, Clarke goes for the pull but inside edges the ball to the box. He goes down on his haunches for a while.. He needs air. He is ok now

Tim: "Tough time to be a batsman waiting in the pavilion. They know the rate needs to go up, they can see the guys in the middle aren't doing enough. But if they come out swinging and fail they'll be the villain, not these two batting slowly."

40.4

Pollard to Clarke, OUT, oh how well is that done! Good juggling act. Ok, so it was a low full-toss outside off, Clarke went for a heave back straight back towards the bowler but gets a toe-end to that shot. Polly jumps up assuming the ball is coming at super sonic speeds towards him, but it was a mistimed shot, comes much slower. Polly gets a palm to it and luckily for him, it falls forward and he completes a good catch

MJ Clarke c & b Pollard 15 (34m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 78.94

Big Show is here. No. It's Bailey

40.5

Pollard to Bailey, 1 run, length ball on the middle stump line, pushed to long-on for a single

40.6

Pollard to Hughes, no run, slower ball on the middle stump line, pushed to cover

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 243/3 (RR: 5.92)
PJ Hughes    62* (76b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    4-0-18-1
GJ Bailey    1* (1b)      SP Narine    7-0-28-0

41.1

Narine to Bailey, 2 runs, flatter delivery outside off, a touch short, the batsman goes back and runs it to backward point

41.2

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, punched to long-off off the back foot for a single

41.3

Narine to Hughes, FOUR, tossed up outside off and Hughes gives it a good slog-swept thwack to deep midwicket boundary

Round the wicket

41.4

Narine to Hughes, no run, beats him with a ball that turns and bounces wide outside off

41.5

Narine to Hughes, 1 run, fuller delivery on off, it's swept hard and in the air, but falls short of the deep square leg fielder

41.6

Narine to Bailey, 2 runs, full and on the middle, it is turned past square leg with soft hands and they scurry back for a couple

End of over 42 (10 runs) Australia 253/3 (RR: 6.02)
GJ Bailey    6* (4b)      SP Narine    8-0-38-0
PJ Hughes    67* (79b 7x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    4-0-18-1

42.1

Pollard to Hughes, FOUR, short and wide outside off, it's cut hard through backward point

42.2

Pollard to Hughes, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, driven down to long-on for a single

42.3

Pollard to Bailey, 1 run, slower delivery on off stump, pushed to cover off the back foot

42.4

Pollard to Hughes, 1 run, length ball on off stump, he stays in the crease and pushes it down to long-off

42.5

Pollard to Bailey, no run, slower delivery outside off, pushed to point off the front foot

42.6

Pollard to Bailey, FOUR, on the pads, and it is flicked past short fine leg for a boundary

End of over 43 (11 runs) Australia 264/3 (RR: 6.13)
GJ Bailey    11* (7b 1x4)      KA Pollard    5-0-29-1
PJ Hughes    73* (82b 8x4 1x6)      SP Narine    8-0-38-0

Sammy comes back into the attack

43.1

Sammy to Hughes, FOUR, slower delivery wide of off, he stays in the crease and drives it through point, picks up the spot to perfection

Round the wicket now.

43.2

Sammy to Hughes, 1 run, fuller delivery, slower too, driven down the ground to long-off

43.3

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, makes room and cracks the short of length delivery to deep cover

43.4

Sammy to Hughes, no run, misses out as he goes for a square drive to a delivery wide outside off, but gets beaten by the slowness

43.5

Sammy to Hughes, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to deep cover for a single

43.6

Sammy to Bailey, no run, slower delivery on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 44 (7 runs) Australia 271/3 (RR: 6.15)
GJ Bailey    12* (9b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    7-0-40-1
PJ Hughes    79* (86b 9x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    5-0-29-1

44.1

Pollard to Hughes, 1 run, short of length delivery, cut hard as Hughes make room, but it's hit straight to point. He doesn't stop it cleanly so they run a single

44.2

Pollard to Bailey, 1 run, makes room and chops the length ball on off to deep point

44.3

Pollard to Hughes, no run

44.4

Pollard to Hughes, FOUR, slower delivery and it's full outside off, this time he goes through cover rather than point and gets tremendous power behind that

44.5

Pollard to Hughes, no run, gets beaten by the slower ball as he goes for a pull

Round the wicket

44.6

Pollard to Hughes, 1 run, short of length outside off, it is pushed to cover off the back foot for a single

End of over 45 (7 runs) Australia 278/3 (RR: 6.17)
PJ Hughes    85* (91b 10x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    6-0-36-1
GJ Bailey    13* (10b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    7-0-40-1

45.1

Sammy to Hughes, 1 run, stays in the crease and drives the length delivery through to deep cover for a single

45.2

Sammy to Bailey, FOUR, picks it off a length and slog sweeps it towards deep square leg where Pollard leaps and gets to the ball, but is not able to prevent the boundary

45.3

Sammy to Bailey, 1 bye, it's full on the off stump and Bailey misses the shot, Thomas who is standing up, gets hit on the gloves

45.4

Sammy to Hughes, OUT, he is edged it! And Thomas, standing up to Sammy does well as the ball sticks between his legs. It was a slower ball outside off and Hughes went for a big drive, edges it and walks off straight away

PJ Hughes c †Thomas b Sammy 86 (133m 93b 10x4 1x6) SR: 92.47

45.5

Sammy to Maxwell, 2 runs, slower ball on the off stump, he comes forward and pushed it to deep midwicket for a single

45.6

Sammy to Maxwell, 2 runs, short of length delivery on off, whipped away to the leg side and the batsmen call for a double. The throw from deep comes in hard and flat, but Thomas, who has hurt his finger two balls ago, is slow to take the bails off. he hold his hand in pain, but he has just allowed the batsman to get back in

End of over 46 (10 runs) Australia 288/4 (RR: 6.26)
GJ Maxwell    4* (2b)      DJG Sammy    8-0-49-2
GJ Bailey    17* (12b 2x4)      KA Pollard    6-0-36-1

46.1

Narine to Bailey, FOUR, here comes the reverse sweep, and he finds the gap at point to perfection

46.2

Narine to Bailey, SIX, ooh la la! not a good time to toss it up. Bailey sees it early enough and blasts it over deep square leg for a huge six

46.3

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, moves way down the leg side, the ball follows him, and he manages to push it to long-on

46.4

Narine to Maxwell, OUT, caught at deep square leg! Excellente catch!! Wow! Pollard flies in from nowhere and plucks a sure shot six with one hand. It was slog swept very hard and it was going flat and fast towards the boundary. But Pollard times his leap superbly and sticks his hand out, when he comes down, he's got the ball in his hand.. super catch..unbelievable..

GJ Maxwell c Pollard b Narine 4 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

46.5

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, flatter delivery on the middle, tucked away past short fine leg for a single

46.6

Narine to Wade, no run, that was the other one, but it didn't come back enough into the left-hander

Eusha: "That is not Narine's wicket. That's Pollard's. The record books would never say it."

End of over 47 (12 runs) Australia 300/5 (RR: 6.38)
MS Wade    0* (1b)      SP Narine    9-0-50-1
GJ Bailey    29* (16b 3x4 1x6)      DJG Sammy    8-0-49-2

Lavan: "That catch just redeemed Pollock!"

47.1

Roach to Bailey, FOUR, gets a short ball and he swivels around to slap that to the deep backward square leg boundary

47.2

Roach to Bailey, FOUR, short ball, it's slower too, but the batsman who has made some room, manages to get under it and slam it over cover for another one..

Runs coming thick and fast here...

47.3

Roach to Bailey, 1 run, that's more like it, it's a quick yorker which is squeezed out to point for a single

Aaron: "Big innings by the big show. Good too see pollard not jumping around celebrating after a poor day."

47.4

Roach to Wade, 1 run, full delivery outside off, it's slashed to deep cover as the batsman takes his front foot out of the way

chris : "I think the benaud score is 312, very close"

47.5

Roach to Bailey, FOUR, he moves outside the off stump to play the lap shot, but it's a low full toss on the middle stump, he gets a leading edge to it and it flies through where the first slip stands

47.6

Roach to Bailey, 2 runs, it is pushed hard to wide long-on and the batsmen come back for the second

End of over 48 (16 runs) Australia 316/5 (RR: 6.58)
GJ Bailey    44* (21b 6x4 1x6)      KAJ Roach    9-1-72-1
MS Wade    1* (2b)      SP Narine    9-0-50-1

Jules: "Best catch of the year and such a minimalist reaction! Will always love the West Indies." binkaf: "I mean where did that come from!? I can't believe what I saw and still blinking my eyes in disbelief. WOW Pollard!"

48.1

Narine to Wade, 1 run, he cuts straight to point, but the batsmen take the single anyway, easily

48.2

Narine to Bailey, OUT, caught at deep midwicket! And another catch by Pollard. Another well-timed leap at the boundary. Bailey charged out of the crease and Narine pulled his length back, but the batsman goes for the pull anyway and gets a lot of bat on it. But no one is surprised as Polly pulls off another stunner

GJ Bailey c Pollard b Narine 44 (36m 22b 6x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

48.3

Narine to Wade, 1 run, top-edge as the batsman goes for a sweep from one outside off, the ball falls behind the keeper's head

48.4

Narine to Faulkner, 1 run, it is on the middle stump line and it is tucked to short-fine, the batsmen take another quick run

48.5

Narine to Wade, 1 run, cut straight to point of a flatter delivery, they call for a quick one

48.6

Narine to Faulkner, 1 run, big offspinner, the batsman sweeps it with the turn straight to deep backward square leg

End of over 49 (5 runs) Australia 321/6 (RR: 6.55)
JP Faulkner    2* (2b)      SP Narine    10-0-55-2
MS Wade    4* (5b)      KAJ Roach    9-1-72-1

49.1

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, OUT, he backs away to the leg side, gives it a mighty heave but he is nowhere near the ball. It is a straight one which goes right through him and hits the leg stump

JP Faulkner b DJ Bravo 2 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

49.2

DJ Bravo to Johnson, no run, slower full toss and the batsman completely loses it, he swings his bat and makes no contact

49.3

DJ Bravo to Johnson, no run, this time it's a quicker delivery outside off, short of length, Mitchell goes for the pull but makes no contact

49.4

DJ Bravo to Johnson, FOUR, slower ball on the middle stump, this time Mitchell Johnson gets some bat on it as he goes down to play the paddle shot. Boundary to fine leg

49.5

DJ Bravo to Johnson, 2 runs, makes room by moving on the leg side and tried to chip the full, slow delivery over off, but gets a leading edge to the leg side. there is no one around midwicket, so they come back for two

49.6

DJ Bravo to Johnson, 2 runs, length ball on off stump, it's in the batsman's swing and he smashes it down to long-on and makes it two runs comfortably

End of innings: Australia have posted a strong testing total for West Indies and it's now upto Gayle and Co on how they react to the situation. Watson and Hughes have set up the template. Watson scored and effortless hundred, while Hughes, although slow at start, was solid at the other end and missed out on a ton. Some late hitting took Australia comfortably over the 300-run mark, but then there were those Kieron Pollard catches towards the end that prevented another 10-15 runs, maybe more. We will be back with WI's reply soon.

Jason: "I must admit coming into this game I was confused about Pollard's place in the team. However, after this innings he clearly justifies his place on his fielding alone!"

foxhat: "Well double the 30 over mark (161) but no 10 runs off for the loss of each wicket. Richie's formula misses by 60 runs!"

mfst: "@foxhat. Incorrect. I believe the formula takes into account the number of wickets that have fallen at the 30 over mark and not at the end of the innings. One down so minus 10 runs. 161 * 2 - 10 = 312. Richie wins again."

Richieboy: "Richie always wins. Doubters, give yourself an uppercut and go straight to bed."

Suraj: "So Richie says, if a team is 200/9 after 30 overs, then they will score 400-90=310runs overall???"


End of over 50 (8 runs) Australia 329/7
MG Johnson    8* (5b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    7-0-39-1
MS Wade    4* (5b)      SP Narine    10-0-55-2
Series Results
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Australia won by 17 runs
Australia v West Indies at Sydney - Feb 8, 2013
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Australia v West Indies at Canberra - Feb 6, 2013
Australia won by 39 runs
Australia v West Indies at Perth - Feb 3, 2013
Australia won by 54 runs
Australia v West Indies at Perth - Feb 1, 2013
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