West Indies v Australia, 3rd ODI, Kingstown

Both sides rue missed opportunity in tied match

Brydon Coverdale

March 20, 2012

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Andre Russell is bowled off a no-ball, West Indies v Australia, 3rd ODI, St Vincent, March 20, 2012
Andre Russell was bowled off a Shane Watson no-ball and again off the free hit that followed © AFP
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Australia's captain Shane Watson and the West Indies coach Ottis Gibson both believed their sides missed a golden opportunity to go up 2-1 in the series in St Vincent on Tuesday. The dramatic tie has left the contest at 1-1 ahead of the final two matches in St Lucia, and both camps were left with a hollow feeling after the game.

West Indies entered the final over needing seven runs for victory with one wicket in hand, and after a Darren Sammy boundary the scores were level with three balls to play. However, a brain-snap from Sammy's partner Kemar Roach caused a run-out from the next delivery, and Gibson said there were mixed feelings in the rooms after the match.

"We should have won today and we have quite a few disappointed boys in the dressing room at the moment," Gibson said. "But, look at it this way, we didn't lose the match and we are still in with a great chance of winning the series.

"Today, we clawed our way back from five down for just 78 runs and kept pace with the target. The lower order kept us in the game and credit must go to them for the way they played. The last five wickets gave us close to 150 runs so that's a really good effort. We keep showing the fight that we have spoken about for a long time and we are seeing signs of improvement. Our fielding effort and our bowling performance today were outstanding.

"The way we kept going and kept ourselves in the contest was good to see. The last time the Australians toured the West Indies [in 2008], at this stage, the series was already over. They went on to win 5-0. Now at this stage we are still in it with all to play for."

West Indies left plenty of work for their lower order after slipping to 78 for 5 in a chase of 221 and Watson said it was disappointing his side had not been able to close out the game at that stage. However, he said the Australians were relieved at the final run-out, which gave them some consolation.

"In the end, seven off the last over you're thinking it's one shot away," Watson said. "So at that moment when we got the run-out you do feel like it's a bit of a win. But you look back and probably even ten overs before that we should have closed out the game. It's mixed feelings."

Watson was at the centre of a key moment in the game when he bowled Andre Russell off a no-ball in the 40th over, which gave West Indies an important reprieve. Watson's frustration was compounded when he also bowled Russell off the free hit that followed, and he said he knew he had over-stepped when went back and checked his footmarks.

"It was a bit of a weird situation, really," he said. "I haven't actually bowled a no-ball in a game for, well, I can't remember the last time I bowled one. That was very disappointing, especially in that crucial time. To get a guy out, bowl him twice in two balls and get zero result out of it, and actually giving him a run, it's very disappointing."

"When I checked the footmarks I knew I had stepped over. That was not a good feeling, knowing where my spike-marks were. It's not good enough."

The teams will now move on to St Lucia for the last two one-day internationals, to be played on Friday and Sunday.

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Posted by zenboomerang on (March 24, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

@orangtan... Mitch Johnson is 1 of the best ODI bowlers going around - ranked no.9 in the world & hasn't bowled since the SA tour... lol... Doug Bollinger is also an Oz ODI bowler as his stats prove but being injured makes them unavailable - Doesn't mean we haven't got other bowlers... Would have liked Starc to been bowling in the ODI's as he offers great variety to the team - still thats the selectors problem not mine :) ...

Posted by zenboomerang on (March 24, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

@Ryan Hill... sour grapes mate?... Give the WI team credit at doing a good job... Sure Jonno & Bollinger have injuries, as does Clarke - so what?... Thats sport... We've got what we've got... Move on... I have...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

I agree with you Rollindice. I don't understand how a West Indies fan could be happ about the result when we have 3 balls to score 1 run! You would think that the batsmen discussed this before - a sucidal run should ONLY be taken on the last ball period. This schoolboy mentality separates champion professional teams from the also ran. And I don't understand the coach soft excuses. West Indies missed a golden opportunity and lack the killer instinct. Could you imagine Viv Richards making escuses in a situation like this? We accept failure too easily and this was a failure to convert an easy win.

Posted by Meety on (March 22, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

@orangtan - I agree, (partially). I don't think it is good sportsmanship to talk about a 2nd XI. The part about Harris & MJ not being ODI bowlers though, you better check your stats my friend as they are VERY good ODI bowlers.

Posted by orangtan on (March 21, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

@Ryan Hill, you can have only 11 in a team, Siddle and Johnson are not ODI bowlers nor is Harris, so don't go on about second elevens and all that. WI playing without Gayle, remember that !!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Wi have thrown their "first Xi" against what is clearly an Australian SECOND XI and are still unable to win convincingly. ( where are the likes of Siddle, Johnson, Harris ?) The outcome of this ,match shows the lack of leadership ability in Sammy. just before that last ball was bowled the field was brought in to stop the single. At that point Sammy should have held a midwicket confab with his partner.......the fact that he did not shows considerable cricket naivete !!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

But, there were two balls left. No desperation. No absolute need for Sammy to run

Posted by Reuelsean on (March 21, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Wi should have definitely won this game after doing so well to comeback, but i dont think any WI fan would be truly sad at this result. the boys fought well to comeback from being five wickets down for 78 runs. well done WI. All the best in the other two matches.

Posted by Rollindice on (March 21, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

@kamar young .........ARE YOU CRAZY? i would stay my ground, 2 more balls to go...scores level ....what am i running for and ball going straight to fielder,an australian i may add! Roach to blame, but it was great comeback from WI no doubt.I'm sure Roach learnt something there.If it was last ball and 1 more run needed of course Sammy would've run, knowing it's last ball.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Overall a good effort by windies. They are showing fighting spirit and massive improvement after first game. Tieing the game in the end in that way shows the disbelief that they have about winning back to back. Gibson have done a great job in their fielding and bowling area but he needs to focus on batting and mentality.

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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