West Indies v Australia, 3rd ODI, Kingstown March 20, 2012

Both sides rue missed opportunity in tied match

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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.

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

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  • 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 :) ...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !!

  • 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 !!

  • on March 21, 2012, 16:54 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • cricthoughts 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :) ...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !!

  • 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 !!

  • on March 21, 2012, 16:54 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • cricthoughts 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.

  • 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.

  • Al11 on March 21, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Otis Gibson is really comparing this Aussie team with the powerful one from 2008...really?....Good to see the WI fighting....the bowling and fielding has improve a lot since 2008....

  • jcassie on March 21, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    i'm no big fan of sammy as the captain or the balance he has brought to the team where there are so many all rounders playing at once. but it must be said he is doing a great job at the moment and i wouldn't blame him for the run out. it was quite clear when he played the shot he immediately sent back roach, and to be honest, isn't it the batsman call to say yes or no to a run??? keep up the good work sammy and continue to prove your critics wrong, including myself.

  • Gordo85 on March 21, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Come on Wadey make some runs please. I don't like this feeling of having Nevil just behind you when it should have been Hartley and also Nevil doesn't have a great One Day Domestic record at the moment he is only good in First Class so far. It was a blue from Australian selectors not picking Hartley who recently just hit a hundred and was man of the match with Queensland getting over the line. See he may have done this for Australia if he was picked or maybe he did it to show them they stuffed up not picking him.

  • PaddyRasta on March 21, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I am afraid this run out was Sammy's fault as captain. There should have been mid-pitch conversations between each ball in the last over, so that both knew what to do and as the senior player he should have been mentoring Roach to keep calm. It also was Sammy's call to go for the run or not.

  • simonviller on March 21, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    It was a tough situation for those last batsmen to be in . We just have to move on and learn from this ,making sure it doesn't happen again . To Baugh/ Russell ; as great as your performances were ,you now know that your shot selections when you got out ,were wrong for the occasion . Sorry guys, I thought you were going to bring it home . Great job guys ,lets win the next one now .

  • jmcilhinney on March 21, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @Kamar Young, he did have something to lose because there were two balls remaining. If it was the last ball then by all means swing and run but with two balls remaining, uhuh. I didn't see the game so I didn't see that play first hand but it sounds like Roach did treat it like it was the last ball and just ran without calling or listening for a call. From what I've read there wasn't a single in it. If Roach had stayed put there were two more deliveries for the win.

  • Riddymon on March 21, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Sammy stood there because there was still two balls left in the final over..there was no need to try and force a run at that moment.

  • Phat-Boy on March 21, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @Kamar - that comment "they had nothing to lose" would have been applicable had it been the final ball, but it wasn't. There were two to go, so they were better off waiting for a better opportunity. There was never a run there. Should have waited until the last ball and THEN taken a suicide run if they didn't have one by then.

  • Webba84 on March 21, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    @Kamar - In what way can you possibly think that run out was Sammys fault? They needed one run, had several balls left, he had just hit it to a fielder so there was never the possibility of sneaking a single and it was his call as the batsman anyway. Roach went for a run he shouldn't have, end of story. I know a lot of WI fans dont like Sammy for some reason but blaming him for stuff that isn't remotely his fault is going a bit too far.

  • on March 21, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    i know it was a hard fought game but sammy had the game tied he should have let the bat fly and connect it was game over proud of you guys

  • VivGilchrist on March 21, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    13 of the last 14 games Aus have played they have batted first, maybe it's time to chase and expose the WI all-rounders when defending. A team with only 2 frontline bowlers should not be restricting Aus as much as they are. WI with such a long batting lineup is always going to be in the hunt in a run chase. I say bat 2nd, especially in day games.

  • on March 21, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    The image of Sammy and Roach walking back said it all. Roach was asking him what was the matter, if he forgot the plan. That is why post match Sammy said it was no one's fault.

  • on March 21, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    I just cant believe sammy stood there ball watching....scores were level so he had nothing to lose .shouldve GONE FOR THE WIN!!!! i suppose pressure got to him. credit to Australia

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  • on March 21, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    I just cant believe sammy stood there ball watching....scores were level so he had nothing to lose .shouldve GONE FOR THE WIN!!!! i suppose pressure got to him. credit to Australia

  • on March 21, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    The image of Sammy and Roach walking back said it all. Roach was asking him what was the matter, if he forgot the plan. That is why post match Sammy said it was no one's fault.

  • VivGilchrist on March 21, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    13 of the last 14 games Aus have played they have batted first, maybe it's time to chase and expose the WI all-rounders when defending. A team with only 2 frontline bowlers should not be restricting Aus as much as they are. WI with such a long batting lineup is always going to be in the hunt in a run chase. I say bat 2nd, especially in day games.

  • on March 21, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    i know it was a hard fought game but sammy had the game tied he should have let the bat fly and connect it was game over proud of you guys

  • Webba84 on March 21, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    @Kamar - In what way can you possibly think that run out was Sammys fault? They needed one run, had several balls left, he had just hit it to a fielder so there was never the possibility of sneaking a single and it was his call as the batsman anyway. Roach went for a run he shouldn't have, end of story. I know a lot of WI fans dont like Sammy for some reason but blaming him for stuff that isn't remotely his fault is going a bit too far.

  • Phat-Boy on March 21, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @Kamar - that comment "they had nothing to lose" would have been applicable had it been the final ball, but it wasn't. There were two to go, so they were better off waiting for a better opportunity. There was never a run there. Should have waited until the last ball and THEN taken a suicide run if they didn't have one by then.

  • Riddymon on March 21, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Sammy stood there because there was still two balls left in the final over..there was no need to try and force a run at that moment.

  • jmcilhinney on March 21, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @Kamar Young, he did have something to lose because there were two balls remaining. If it was the last ball then by all means swing and run but with two balls remaining, uhuh. I didn't see the game so I didn't see that play first hand but it sounds like Roach did treat it like it was the last ball and just ran without calling or listening for a call. From what I've read there wasn't a single in it. If Roach had stayed put there were two more deliveries for the win.

  • simonviller on March 21, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    It was a tough situation for those last batsmen to be in . We just have to move on and learn from this ,making sure it doesn't happen again . To Baugh/ Russell ; as great as your performances were ,you now know that your shot selections when you got out ,were wrong for the occasion . Sorry guys, I thought you were going to bring it home . Great job guys ,lets win the next one now .

  • PaddyRasta on March 21, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I am afraid this run out was Sammy's fault as captain. There should have been mid-pitch conversations between each ball in the last over, so that both knew what to do and as the senior player he should have been mentoring Roach to keep calm. It also was Sammy's call to go for the run or not.