West Indies v Australia, 2nd ODI, St Vincent

West Indies end five-year drought

The Report by Daniel Brettig

March 18, 2012

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West Indies 163 for 5 in 38.2 overs (Pollard 47*) beat Australia 154 for 9 in 40 overs (David Hussey 37, Narine 4-27) by five wickets on D/L method
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Dwayne Bravo drives during his innings of 30, West Indies v Australia, 2nd ODI, St Vincent, March 18, 2012
Dwayne Bravo's 30 was an important contribution to West Indies' victory © Associated Press

Kieron Pollard blazed West Indies to a first ODI victory over Australia since 2006, his stand with Dwayne Bravo swallowing up the tourists' modest total in a rain-affected match at the Arnos Vale Ground.

Set the Duckworth/Lewis-adjusted target of 158 from 40 overs after holding Australia to 154 for 9, the hosts made the worst possible start when Kieran Powell shouldered arms to Brett Lee's first ball of the innings and was palpably lbw. But from an uncertain 74 for 4, Pollard and Dwayne Bravo constructed the most assured stand of the match, and took West Indies to a deserved win with five wickets and 11 balls to spare.

Pollard's innings was punctuated by three sixes in one critical four-over burst, and it was a spell of scoring that would prove decisive. He saved a fourth for the closing stages of the chase, swinging Doherty over midwicket with such force that the ball clanged off the roof of a stand and bounded out of the ground.

Bravo was run out before the end, the final few runs collected a little nervously, but there was no doubting the importance of his contribution to a West Indian victory that ended a 14-match run without a win against Australia. Though Doherty and Clint McKay bowled diligently for the visitors, they had been given too few runs to defend. The five-match series is now level at one apiece.

The wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh landed the final blows, and with Chris Gayle celebrating in the stands amid speculation of a possible compromise between the former captain and the WICB, the hosts' prospects for this series looked far brighter than they had on Friday.

Sent in to bat as much because of the threat of that rain as anything else, the tourists slipped to 46 for 3 and lost regular wickets across the innings that staggered to 154 for 9. David Hussey, Watson and George Bailey did their best, but could not find the right gears on a pitch slower and lower than the one for the first match.

Kemar Roach had struck twice in his fourth over, the second after a lengthy rain interruption, and Darren Sammy followed up with the wicket of Australia's captain Watson. Roach's display was particularly arresting as he fights to return to the Test team, while Sunil Narine's spin was tidy and intelligent and earned four wickets.

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  • West Indies won their first game against Australia in more than five years and ended a sequence of 13 consecutive losses. Their last win came in the group phase of the Champions Trophy in India in 2006. This is only the sixth match that West Indies have won against Australia since 2000. In the same period, they have gone on to lose 27 matches.
  • Australia's score of 154 is their third-lowest first-innings total in ODIs against West Indies and their lowest such total against West Indies since 1993. Overall, it is Australia's joint seventh- lowest first-innings total in ODIs (minimum 40-over innings).
  • For the second time in two consecutive matches, not a single Australian batsman scored a half-century and the highest score this time was 37. There have been only nine instances when there has not been a single 40-plus score in an Australia innings (innings where all batsmen have batted).
  • Sunil Narine's haul of 4 for 27 is the second-best bowling performance by a West Indian spinner in ODIs against Australia after Chris Gayle's 5 for 46 in 2003.
  • The average run-rate in seven matches in Kingstown is just 4.12 (since 2005). It is the lowest in the period among all venues in West Indies. Since 2008, the run-rate in matches in West Indies (4.92) is the third-lowest after those in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Powell simply lost his bearings against Lee's first ball when West Indies chased, letting go a delivery that shaped back a fraction but would still have been much too close to leave even if it had not moved. Watson chimed in with a yorker that Samuels played over, and while the slide from 42 for 1 to 74 for 4 was gradual, it left Australia with what appeared a decent chance of rushing to a 2-0 series lead.

However, Pollard swung the game definitively towards West Indies with a flurry of sixes. He powered three in a matter of minutes to push Watson's fields back and cause him to change his bowlers, while also making the runs-to-balls ratio more or less irrelevant.

In contrast to Pollard, Bravo played with good sense and few risks, only once leaping down the pitch to loft Doherty over mid-on. In their contrasting approaches, Pollard and Bravo presented Watson and Australia with a union they could not separate before the match's course had been determined, and it was a joyous celebration by both the home crowd and their players when the target was reached in fading light.

David Warner and Watson had made a steady opening after a brief shower delayed the start, reaching 16 for 0 in five overs. At this point more substantial rain pelted the ground, and sent the players off the field for about 90 minutes. When they returned, Warner was swiftly disposed of, playing back to a Roach delivery that skidded through low and flicked off stump. Next man Peter Forrest was undone simply and quickly, edging a ball of high pace and teasing line to second slip to depart for a duck in the same over.

Roach's strikes had the hosts buzzing in the field, and when Andre Russell relieved him, Roach had the startling figures of 5-3-4-2. Watson had returned the West Indian fire with a smart six from the bowling of Sammy, but the West Indies captain would have the last laugh when he floated a slower ball that his opposite number chipped to midwicket.

Michael and David Hussey then set about repairing the innings, as Narine's offbreaks received plenty of assistance from the pitch. The elder Hussey was dropped on eight, a sharp chance from the bowling of Sammy bursting through Pollard's hands in the gully. The drop was not to prove too expensive, as Narine tossed an off break fractionally fuller than his usual length, prompting a thin edge behind and a neat catch by Carlton Baugh. Bailey again looked at home in international company, but was upset to squander his start by cutting Bravo to backward point.

While Lee scrapped as best he could, adding the second six of the innings with a mighty swipe wide of long-on, Australia's total looked insubstantial. Thanks to Pollard, it would prove exactly that.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Australia 135 9 2 26-2 12-0 25-3 (37 to 40) 1/2
West Indies 142 10 6 30-1 10-2 21-0 (37 to 38.2) 0/2

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Posted by SuperSharky on (March 20, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Did you hear that?? In the right spirit of cricket. We have to give credit to Shane Watson for his speech afterwards. Unlike most captains like Ponting and Graeme Smith, Shane Watson actually said that it is a challenge to play outside Australia on different kind of pitches and that he loves the challenge to adapt to these pitches. Usually Captains complain when they have to play on someones else's pitch and it doesn't feel like home, like Ponting and Graeme Smith did. Well said Shane Watson.

Posted by jahman on (March 20, 2012, 13:39 GMT)


What is wrong with you? The team bowled out the Aussies in the first OD, won the second and all you can complain about is who is not in the team!

Narsingh Deonarine has had his time! Who would he replace now?

Posted by SuperSharky on (March 20, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Wow, what an entertaining match and series so far. It's sad to loose Runako Morton, I liked his style. But it is great to see depth-in-talent again in the West Indies. They can almost produce a second team that will also do good against Australia. So many talents that isn't in the starting line-up yet. I admire Darren Sammy's captaincy and believe that the players like the way he handles them. Almost a leader like what Border meant for Australia, Fleming meant for New Zealand, Cronje and Woolmer meant for South Africa. A Peoples leader. And I have to give credit to Allen Stanford for watering the seed many years ago. Who didn't love the way Kieron Pollard blew the boundaries in Caribbean - Style ???

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

hmm. look whose bat he is having!!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

We will win for few decades indeed if WCB is behaving same to their players! Gayle not in the team! I can't believe it! Good-luck for Aus, you are the real champ!

Posted by BigGeorgeMehemood on (March 20, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

Me think West Indies will crush austraila and beat dem in the test match too. And Gayle will play tomorrow and hammer australia bowling to all part of de ground. Australia gonna get eaten on this tour.

Posted by Jimmy_Jim on (March 19, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Typical, Australia follow up a good summer with a poor performance.

Though, the pitches have been horrible

Posted by Meety on (March 19, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

@Busie1979 - when they were replacing everyone after the Argus report, I thought that Langar should of been out the door straight after Nielsen, but he Langar actually applied for the Head coach role & was seriously considered. Take out the series against India, only the SL series was par from our batsmen. I think the Indian test series saved his bacon for the time being!

Posted by Busie1979 on (March 19, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

I am beginning to wonder what Langer is getting paid for? The batting has gone downhill since he became batting coach. The young guys (other than Warner) have struggled. There is just no confidence in the unit. The bowlers in NZ, India, SL, and West Indies are at best workmanlike and should not give a quality batting line up too many headaches. The only bowlers the Aussies have faced since the home summer that are of real quality is Malinga and Zaheer Khan.

Posted by nafzak on (March 19, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

What did Bisoo do wrong to be dropped from the WI team? All Bishoo did was bowled the most overs of any West Indian against Pakistan in the WI, India in the WI, Bangladein Bangladesh and India in India. What has allrounder and captain Darren Sammy done o deserve being picked? Did you my fellow West Indians notice Narsingh Deonarine lately. He has emerged as the best all rounder in the WI.

Posted by Meyer_Lanski on (March 19, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

This victory confirmed as did portion of the India ODI series before Christmas, that the Windies have the talent to come out of the doldrums.

Gayle back in this team in partnership with Pollard would make the Windie ODI top-order look quite lethal.

Best West Indies ODI level once all are fit:

Gayle (captain) Simmons Samuels Bravo Ramdin DW Bravo Pollard Russell Narine Rampaul Roach

Sarwan, Taylor, Bishoo, Charles.

Most importantly Sammy is nowhere to be found since his presence constantly unbalances the team in all formats of the game.

Posted by hhillbumper on (March 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

So the Aussies weren't interested so thats why they lost? That is a classic one. So basically if they tried to win they would take everything they entered. Also didn't their world class left arm spinner go well.Those shots of him that went way over the boundary were obviously just lucky. A lower ranked team beating the Aussies.h the irony. Jonesey 2 we await your next pointless rhetoric

Posted by tappee74 on (March 19, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Play Chanderpaul and Gyale now.

Posted by Reuelsean on (March 19, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

I am happy for a WI win, after so many losses and i don't care how lucky it looks, Australia were outplayed in this match, plain and simple. Narine and Roach bowled well, but huge amounts of credit must be given to Pollard and Bravo as well, cause they brought home the match. As a WI fan i'm enjoying this victory cause it doesn't happen too often, and i'm wishing the team all the best for the rest of the series.

Posted by BravoBravo on (March 19, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Congrats WI. It is always fun to watch any WI vs AUS mtaches contrary to most boring matches that are always being played between IND vs SL. It is fun to watch WI playing and even more fun when they win. PAK and WI are two most entertaining teams while AUS remains the #1 team. Good Luck WI for 3rd ODI.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Having Dwayne back on the side made a lot of difference. He seems to rally the team better than Sammy although he is not the captain. I'm not convinced of the opening pair. Kirk Edwards and Braithwaite were a better choice for Simmons and Barath replacements. The Charles run out was almost too impossible to believe. Hand up in the air to stop you from running and shouting no! no! maybe is too much for him to understand. He has good posture sound batting technique but grey matter lacking. Sunil Narine has a great future ahead of him if he is managed properly. It would be nice to see some Tino Best and Smith to replace Russell and Powell. I have yet to see some shoulder arms to a ball like that, utter rubbish!!!!

Posted by royramesh on (March 19, 2012, 15:03 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Well done, Windies. On the losers side whoever thought Peter Forrest was a International One Day batsman needs his eyesight checked. Forrest scores too slowly, and gets his runs in 2s & 4s. He is totally incapable of rotating the strike, something that M Clarke and even R Ponting are rather good at. With Clarke out of the early part of the tour the selectors should have swallowed their pride and bought in Ponting; after all, he is going over later anyway for the Tests.

Posted by ChrisH on (March 19, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

To add further, looking at the HowSTAT site, one can see Simmons averaging 49 in his 17 ODIs in 2011 (which bumped his overall average up massively to 34), while Gayle's yearly ODI average peaked in 2008 (52 in that year) and then fell to 28 in 2011 (in terms of performance in ODIs he hasn't played like that since the period between 2000 and 2001 near the start of his career).

Posted by ChrisH on (March 19, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Congrats to the WI. Well deserved. They should have won the first one too if the batting hadn't let them down. A similar performance to what Baugh and Pollard did in this match would probably have seen them home in the first match. What they need to do now is bat with more consistency. A consistency by the way which was completely lacking against the Australians (or it might have been there, just the wrong kind of consistency) when Gayle captained WI in at least 2 ODI series against the Aussies (the results were 5-0 and 4-0 with Gayle more often than not going cheaply). Not sure why people still think Gayle is needed for this series. For the 2008 series his scores were 20, 10, 53, 92 and 5 for an average of 36. For the 2009/10 series his scores were 7, 0, 0* (in a no result), 34 and 14 for an average of 13.75. Gayle always seems to struggles against the Aussies in ODIs. Who WI really need back is Lendl Simmons who has shown remarkable consistency in ODIs.

Posted by sweetspot on (March 19, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Hooray! Celebrating WI win here in India! Awesome to see such a fun team win! Not dissing you, Aussie fans, but just love the WI and want to see them do well, always!

Posted by Technical-1 on (March 19, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Randy Bridgeman... Your Minstrel is failing Sir... Never put the cart before the horse! To build a team... You want to incorporate the Young Ponies with the well seasoned Horses, and then allow them to grow until the time of harvest.

A deliberate meticulous management of men is the foundation of success. You cannot just uproot the senior vicariously and present us with untested youth, who have not yet pay their dues in the regional competitions.

They should go back to the place where the young ones carry the bags of the seniors and polish their shoes before they even get to be on the Field.

That's what breeds the desire to want to be your best.. Ask the likes of Sir Viv... A matter of a fact asks... Lara... Where was his bag...? Places and how he Drove Sir Viv around. There are dues to be paid... (Baby Steps)

Posted by jupiterlaw on (March 19, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

@JOMIN GEORGE you said that Australia were at a disadvantage because they did not know atr the start that it would be a 40-over match. may I remind you that the D/L method compensated for that which is why WI target was 158 which was more than AUS actually scored. Besides both teams were privy to the weather reports and were well aware that there was a possibility of a shortened match.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Mushfiq ur Rahim & others with a point of view about Indian bowling (including yours truly, who had been sharing the same view) --- Pl note the run rate conceded by the pacers from both sides.This is from PAK: Gul: 7.35 Cheema:7.50 & Wahab: 12.50. Now this is from INDIA: Praveen:7.70, Irfan:6.90, Dinda:5.87. The moral of the story: Irfan & Dinda should be given more chances to build their confidence... or, prove that they don't deserve to be in the team. PERSIST for a while, before deciding to cast aside or not!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

West Indies need to fix the problem of "Openers" being non-existent. There is still a lot of work to be done. Bear in mind "One swallow does not make a Summer".

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Too early to judge aussies are weak .....will see how they bounce back ....

Posted by jonesytoo on (March 19, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Australia showing what a poor team they are in this series. Perhaps they should be in the UAE at the moment rather than the West Indies. I'm sure they'd give Papua New Guinea a good game.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Yes we beat the aussies!!! narine wayyyy thank god u from trini!!! Big up to the trini"s!!

Posted by tanstell87 on (March 19, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

5 year drought against a poor Aussie team....well done Windies !

Posted by manlid on (March 19, 2012, 11:20 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Well Done t the West Indies Side. Keep improving and we could beat Australia in this series

Posted by mar2000 on (March 19, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

This Aussie team is second string one after taking a look .I for one had the feeling that the WI were going to be RUN-OVER but after seeing this squad , i can see the WI coming out on top .

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Well done Windies. Allyuh is my side. Hope we win this ODI saeries versus Australia.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Good win for the west Indies after a long time!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Wow!!..didn't realise the Windies hadn't beaten Australia in a ODI since a round-robin match in the 2006 ICC champions trophy. I remember it well with Morton scoring runs and Taylor getting a hat-trick. Australia are still struggling with different conditions, to what they're used to, but i'm not complaining, a win is a win. The more i see Narine, the more i like the look of him and it was good to see Pollard when one of the allrounders had to step-up with the bat. Powell is like a rabbit in headlights, when he's opening, the only time i've seen him look comfortable, was when he batted in the middle-order in India. Darren Bravo needs to improve his running between the wickets, he'll get a reputation like Inzi, if he's not careful. Was also great to see the vibrant crowd in Vincey and to announce a public holiday on Tuesday, to support the boyz and the nation, can only be a positive contribution towards generating as much interest as possible, back into cricket in the Caribbean.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

@RandyOZ, so you're saying that the Australians didn't even try? Did they just turn up and expect to win? That sounds rather like arrogance, even hubris, and I don;t think anyone but you would say that it's easy to forgive that. I guess they didn't try at the last World Cup either and they really dominated that. As for that last ODI series against England, to quote a well Australia groupie, who cares about the ODIs when Australia knew that they already lost the main event and the most hotly contested trophy in cricket... again! As for Forrest, I thought he was part of this much-vaunted depth you keep going on about, along with the venerable Hughes, Marsh and Khawaja. Where are they by the way? Having a lot of players who can't doesn't actually qualify as depth. If you're not sure what I mean, check the list of spinners Australia has played over the last few years.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

@ yezdi70.... The match might be shortened to 40 overs during the course of the play so the team batted first would need to get an advantage of this. Because if they were aware of the fact that it would be a 40 over match before the start of their innings they would have made the scoring a little more faster than they actually did. So in order to give them a little compensation they would get some extra runs. ( with considering the total wicket which they have lost and the max. runs scored in an over. Also there wouldn't any change in the runs if they have got all out)

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

@yezdi70...I think match was interrupted by rain & reduced to 40 overs during Aussie batting...D/L method has applied!!!

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 19, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

@ Randy OZ - Nice joke. While you are at it, you should have actually said that Aussies have dominated ODI cricket since 1890 (before ODI's were inveneted itself). I forgot, but can you tell me who the current world champions are? And who the winner of the last tri series before this one? So much for domination...

Posted by yezdi70 on (March 19, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Please can someone explain to me how the target can be more than the score set by the 1st team ?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 19, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

Well done WI. Narine is a real find and along with Bishoo, you have a good pair of spinners. Not convinced this lineup would fair so well on a good batting pitch as they seem to be at least one batsman, and one front-line bowler short. For all the criticism directed at Sammy, he has outperformed Russell easily. Powell does not belong and I think Charles will get exposed. As for the Aussies, they have lost there aggression. They batted cautiously in the home tri-series and it's now happening here. Forrest is not an ODI batsman, and the rest of them need to back themselves in a bit more. So limp.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (March 19, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Well done to the Windies for breaking this streak but both matches have been a bit dismal due to this sluggish dead wicket. And we are playing on it again for ODI 3? Its a test of batting skills that both teams have failed but for an ODI you really want a bit of bounce and carry so that batsmen can play some shots. Am looking forward to the Tests but this ODI series has a bit of a second division feel to it.

Posted by Okakaboka on (March 19, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Yep, Forrest is a selection Howler and Dave Hussey should have been in the test squad instead of him. Glad NEVILLE HAS BEEN ADDED to the squad. Should be retained for tests if Wade continues to underperform with the bat although the wicket surface has been a little cruel to him...but hey,....international cricket is unforgiving. These wickets are substandard however...making for poor cricket.

Posted by Winsome on (March 19, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Mike Hussey is starting to go downhill. He has averaged in the 20s in quite a few of the past series in ODIs. Not sure who is there to replace him though. Not convinced by Forrest, he seems incapable of turning over the strike, though that is a flaw with quite a few of the younger batsmen. And Watson of course who really relys on his hitting.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 19, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

It is easy to forgive the Aussies for thinking that just rocking up means they win. After all they are the #1 side and have dominanted the ODI scene for 15 years. When you have just come off the back of dead easy series against India and England, it's easy to get complacent. In any case this will kick them into gear and there is no way they will lose another match. Peter Forrest is clearly out of his depth at this level, similarly to other mid-30 averaging batsmen such as Cowan and Marsh. Wake up selectors.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

west indies cricket is on the up with seniors coming to play like gayle simmons i think they will reach dizzy heights

Posted by iIFeelYouVaruni on (March 19, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

I am a sri lankan but i'm usually a die hard Australian cricket supporter. But for some odd reason i'm so happy that west indies won. Well done boys. :) keep up the good work.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Clearly proves that Aussies were plain lucky against Sri Lanka and India- Although Lanka did outplay them overall in that series. On slowish pitches, this Australian side will come a total cropper like England does

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (March 19, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

Good to Windies winning, they can win more matches, if they play with more committment.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 19, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Back to square one for Australia then.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Pollard you boy! Finally Windies managed to cross the line! Was awake till 3.30 am for this win.... from an Indian half West Indian

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 19, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

@ Yorkshirematt -- Randy OZ is hiding in the basement of his in law's house. Australia can not even win in the WI with their first choice team. India did much better by sending in their second string team and still won convincingly.

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 19, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Great win for West Indies.. Really felt bad when they lost first game where they should have done a bit more and secured the match after a terrific bowling. Glad that they completed the job now. Wish they earn more wins in future. Sammy never leaves the spirits down.. Doing a far better job in holding the team together than the previous ones. Hats off!!

Posted by dudex16 on (March 19, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

Amazing WI..... Finally the drought is broken. Come on ..... defeat the loser kangaroos. I know you have it in you.... Darren Bravo should shoulder some responsibility....

Posted by jonesy2 on (March 19, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

credit to the windies, australia didnt deserve to win, they were completely disinterested and really couldnt be bothered and thats not good enough. think it will a kick in the backside though to push them to get the series at least

Posted by Alexei on (March 19, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

@caribvoice how can u say Bishoo's batting has been better than Russell's? Are u serious... remember Russell's almost-game saving innings on debut at the WC where he top scored with 49 against Eng, or his innings last year against India in Antigua - 92* - highest score at his position at the time?? Altho I do believe the option of dropping Bishoo for Russ is worth exploring.. Go look at the two player profiles because ur talking rubbish

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

Good to see West Indies winning. Keep it up guys!

Posted by lankan_style on (March 19, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

I was waiting for this day! I am a sri lankan and when I finished watching the match it was 3.30 am. Every now and then I get paid off for staying up late and watching the game and today was it! Congrats to Winidies. Common guys, what we need is a captain like Sammy. He knows what it means to be a cricketer from West Indies. That's all it matters

Posted by naveenpnayak on (March 19, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Australian team looks very different in this series.. They are not as aggressive as they used to be.. Poor cricket from Australian Team.. They are going with more no. of batsmen yet they fail to pile up enough runs on board. Drop Forrest and get in Hilfy. Ask warner and other batsmen to be more aggressive and we may see a change in the result.

Posted by Busie1979 on (March 19, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

As an Aussie I really hope West Indies cricket is on the way up. I'm not convinced by their team selection and there are a couple of guys who are well under international standard, but beating Australia is encouraging for them. Other than Warner, D. Hussey and Clarke, Australia's batting is looking very unreliable. I suspect Mike Hussey is on a downward spiral a la Ponting. Watson is struggling for form - and was struggling even before his injury. And then there is Pete Forrest - where are all the Forrest backers now? Another failure - his average is taking a predictable tumble after a far better than expected start. Many of us predicted this. Meanwhile his strike rate is reaching new lows. I do not see him as a test prospect - his batting displays a lack of intent and he gets out to very soft dismissals. This has been a selection howler.

Posted by Something_Witty on (March 19, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Congrats to WI on an excellent performance. I believe I speak for the vast majority of cricket supporters when I say that we would be delighted if WI became a formidable side again. Well played.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

hey Windies please include Chris Gayle and Devendra Bishoo in their and make Viv Richards ur Coach....Holding as Bowling coach and they will be World Beaters again....Congrats on ur win......from Indian Fan !!

Posted by HusseyForever on (March 19, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

Good to see Pollard hitting it for WI victory for the first time.

Posted by thom1367 on (March 19, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

good win WI .but we still need the seniors in the team

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Oh give me a break..........was that a convincing win? Panic, panic, imagine 2 guys got run out! Pollard went in and hit 4 sixes! lucky lucky.....if they win another game then I will start believing.......just not convince yet.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

or were wests indies lucky today...maybe it's was thier lucky day....aussie should be lucky next time...go the aussies..

Posted by jimbond on (March 19, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

Very difficult to justify Sammy's place in this side. It will become even more difficult if Gayle returns. Dwayne Bravo, Russel are much better bowlers and batsmen than Sammy. Samuels and Pollard are good batsmen and can bowl as much as Sammy in ODIs. Lets hope that WI administrators realise that Sammy is eating up a place in the side (no fault of his though). Bring in either Bishoo or Edwards/Taylor or a specialized batsman(or Gayle) instead of him and the team will become much stronger.

Posted by Marcio on (March 19, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

@jmcilhinney, the rain helped Australia? Which game were you watching? After batting cautiously and without trouble for 5 overs before the rain, they had to come out after an hour break and start hitting, losing two wickets immediately, including the skidder that got Warner, thanks to a damp ball. The DL is just wrong at times, in this case penalising the team even above the adverse conditions. At any rate, Australia have beaten every team they have played in the every series in the last two years, including thrashing England 6-1 (I won't count the one off ODI against India when half the team was absent). I think they are permitted the odd loss.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (March 19, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

Finally!! As a 10yr.old growing up in India in the 60s I vividly remember how I couldn't help but be in complete awe of the Windies teams with Sobers Kanhai Gibbs Hall Griffith... even though they routinely thrashed India.This admiration continued with Richards, Lara, Bishop, Holding etc.But then something happened and they went into a complete tailspin and the lean years followed.However, in their last visit to India in 2011 although they lost the series I noticed more team cohesion and a fighting spirit that was lacking before. I also noticed a very promising bowling attack with Roach, Narine Bishoo & Rampaul. What seems to be lacking is consistency in batting which let them down in India and in the 1st ODI vs the Aussies.This is why I think someone like Gayle would really help the cause. Cricket could really use a Windies renaissance!

Posted by WindiesWillow on (March 19, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

STOP THE PRESS - The BUZZ is Chris Gayle may be playing in the 4th ODI. Let's find out if this has merit to it.

Posted by Brumby90 on (March 19, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

Terrible display Aussies. Letting that Windies batting line up score 150 on that pitch is hopeless. You cant use this bowling lineup and expect to win many games. At least a bowler short.

Posted by Robster1 on (March 19, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Good win for the Windies - now for goodness sake get Gayle back in the side.

Posted by caribvoice on (March 19, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

And by the way pitches are not always going to be bowler friendly and when the opposition puts huge scores on the scoreboard this lot will be out of their depth without the likes of Gayle, Sars and Shiv.

Posted by truguynese on (March 19, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Mr.Daniel Brettig, loved your column, but can't help the feeling that somehow after yesterday's and today's masterful bowling by Sunil Narine , he did not measure up to your standard. You should give him his dues as he richly deserves it. With skills like that, you will have a lot of writing to do about him in the future. Just keep in mind that regardless of pitch condition, bowlers still have to perform.

Posted by johntycodes on (March 19, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

It seems australia for whatever reason have gone back to playing one dayers like test matches again with all the blocking. What is the point of trying to block out the whole innings when you are losing wickets by playing safe. Also forrest the non one day batsmen comes in at no 3 and I'm not sure he knows he's playing one day cricket. The bloke hasn't played one attacking shot all tour so far. Send him back home now.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 0:17 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

I heard Gayle is coming back for the 4th and 5th matches. Cricinfo, get on this story and give us a report.

Posted by caribvoice on (March 18, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

One tree does not a forest make. Besides while the bowling is coming together the batting could be stronger with Gayle Shiv, Sars. Russell is still a bits and pieces player occupying a position that can go to a better batsman or bowler. Ditto for sammy. At least we can hope that Bharat will be back for the next match now that he's fit and that Bishoo will be brought in to tandem with Narine in place of Russell. In fact Bishoo's batting for the West Indies has been better than Russell. Also Ramdin should be back now that he's also fit.

Posted by WindiesWillow on (March 18, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Congratulations to my WI team. Thank you. Good bowling performance again. However, how long are we going to persevere with this opening partnership. No disrespect to the young guys, but I imagine how difficult it is for them in the middle without a senior figure to comfort them so that they can play with confidence. We still need to assess the batting lineup since we have a good bowling attack. Too many allrounders (4) and we need a senior opener.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

This the first win since 2009? what's happening>? Maybe they should consider Christopher Gayle. The run machine.Bishoo & Narine is only a rubber stamp. Go shiv. go. & tell the selectors to stop playing Political cricket.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (March 18, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

Happy for this Win. Happy We beat Australia After 5 year, I hope we can be more consistent and keep on Winning, Pollard PLEASE reject Ipl and Play more for the West Indies, SHow the WICB you can cement your spot in the ODI and T20 and make your Debut in Test. I am also happy to J Charles performing good, but need to go on an make a Bigger score. Daren Bravo is great, just need to go on and make bigger score.West Indies Still have a Problem with the other Opener, Powell still dont look the part.Sameuls need to Drop down below, incase Wickets fall, because he isnt Accelerating the Scoring, he is playing a supporting role. Maybe Young bravo and Old Bravo should come infront of him. and maybe change around him and Pollard. This West Indies young side is shaping up good, just need one or two adjustment. For Sammy, he did good, according to his past performance as a Captain, his Bowling, keeping down de Run rate is good for ODI. Keep it up WI, Hope ucan pull off a win Tues, to go 1 up.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 18, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

Good job Windies! Now go win the series!

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (March 18, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Yes we are the west indies and we are proud of it . glad to see pollard standing out as a hero for us and i give encouragement to the youngster sunil naraine . well done windies keep it up .. crush dem aussies

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

I am glad that WI won. We know that our team (WI) is capable beating anyone on a given day. What we need is consistency. Until I see such consistency, then I will not overly celebrate this win.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (March 18, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Where's Randy? Did the aussies' bowling make the windies' batting look bad today?

Posted by Meety on (March 18, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Well done WIndies. Before the series, there was a report about a 5 year drought & (as an Ozzy) I was worried that means a loss is coming soon. (although a bit sooner than I was hoping for). I like low-scoring battles, the WIndies have given Oz a wake-up call before the tests that's for sure!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Congrats to the team. Pollard showed in the caribbean T20 that he is ready to take responsability for carrying his team to victory (T &T). He will now do it for west indies. Dwayne has returned to his best, he should open the batting with Charles in this team to provide experience and stability.

Posted by landl47 on (March 18, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

Well done, WI. It's good to see a team which has had such a hard time getting a win.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

Congrats! Well done. Keep the good work going. As I always say, we can beat any team on any given day. Good luck guys.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 18, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

Hey, where's RandyOZ to explain why the Australian batsmen looked so bad this time? He's so quick to post to stories about England winning tour games that I was sure he would have commented here by now, with Australia playing an actual international. You'd usually say that D/L favours the team batting second but the rain actually helped Australia this time. Without rain, WI would have had 10 more overs to chase not many more runs. I still expect Australia to win this series but well done to WI for coming back and keeping it competitive.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 22:36 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

stuttered but regained control and we won

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Big up the windies beating the number 1 team Aus. Like I predicted last year, we would have success against Aus at home, and the hard work paying off. What is the critics saying now? Totally agree with Randy- its time to move on and forget about past players- this new team is about teamwork and having the right attitude and approach. Rally round the windies!!!

Posted by Technical-1 on (March 18, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

LOL.. The Loss was to pay respect to Otis.. Birthday.. Today the Win is to pay respect to Morton.. A fallen Soldier.. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Devon L Wilson Author of the Sanctuary the Open Door.. !

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

this one is for renauko morton.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

Nice comeback win for WI. Bowlers as usual, did their part. Batting much improved over the last match's dismal effort. Cricket is a common sense game and when a team uses it collectively and its married to skills and abilities, the result will usually be positive. Am happy for the lads. Could we cease the harping for Gayle, Sarwan, Chanders et al? The past is the past; let it go and move on. Let's develop this young team into a winning one. Let's go Windies!!!

Posted by pitch-up on (March 18, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

very good win by windies, will do their confidence a world of good!1

Posted by pitch-up on (March 18, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

great win by windies, many more to come!!

Posted by mar2000 on (March 18, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

The WICB said the matches were being played in St. Vincent and St. Lucia at this time to get away from the RAIN.

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