Victoria v West Indians, 20-over match, Melbourne November 13, 2005

Windies lose despite Smith blitz

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 173 for 6 beat West Indians 172 for 6 (DR Smith 81*) by 4 wickets

Dwayne Smith smashed 81 off 40 balls, but Victoria had the last laugh © Getty Images

The West Indians continued to search in vain for their first win on the Australia tour as they went down by four wickets in a twenty-over match against Victoria. The idea to stage the game came up when the West Indians were bowled out in the first innings of the second-Test warm-up at the Junction Oval with only a session left. The West Indians batted first and posted a challenging 172, thanks for an unbeaten 81 by Dwayne Smith, but Victoria got home with three balls to spare.

Smith had done well in the three-day game as well, taking three wickets and scoring 40, and he continued in a similar manner, hitting three fours and a staggering six sixes in his 40-ball knock. None of the other batsmen lent him much support, though, till Denesh Ramdin slammed 30 off 21 balls, helping Smith add 82 for the seventh wicket.

Unlike the West Indians, Victoria didn't have a single big contributor, as all the batsmen chipped in. Lloyd Mash, a left-handed batsman who made his first-class debut in the tour game, gave the innings the impetus it needed, carting Dwayne Bravo for four sixes in an over en route to a 12-ball 32. Cameron White remained unbeaten on 27 as Victoria sealed the win with four wickets in hand.