West Indies v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Bridgetown

West Indies draw series with 14-run win

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

March 30, 2012

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West Indies 160 (Smith 63, Lee 3-23) beat Australia 146 for 9 (Warner 58, Samuels 3-23, Edwards 3-23) by 14 runs
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Dwayne Smith works a ball fine during his half-century, West Indies v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Bridgetown, March 30, 2012
Dwayne Smith top scored for West Indies with 63 © AFP
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Fidel Edwards and Marlon Samuels bowled West Indies to a 14-run victory to draw the Twenty20 series 1-1 in Barbados. Dwayne Smith and Johnson Charles started the day with a strong, aggressive opening partnership and despite Australia's bowlers fighting back to dismiss West Indies for 160, it proved to be sufficient for the hosts as Australia's batsmen stalled in the chase after David Warner's quick opening.

Too much was left for the final few overs for Australia, who needed 50 from the last five overs and then 19 from the last six balls, bowled by Dwayne Bravo. David Hussey was the only specialist batsmen left at the crease but he couldn't launch the boundaries required off Bravo, who picked up two wickets in that final over as Australia fell well short of their target.

Hussey was caught at deep midwicket for 19 trying to clear the boundary and Clint McKay was bowled next ball by Bravo, who finished with 2 for 27 from his four overs and changed the course of the match by running out Warner with a direct hit from side-on. Warner was hurrying back for a second run when Bravo, who had run in from the midwicket boundary, threw down the stumps at the striker's end and it was the pivotal moment in the chase.

Warner was on 58 from 43 balls and had threatened to steer Australia home, but after he departed Australia lost momentum. Hussey and Matthew Wade managed a couple of sixes but they were barely treading water with the required run-rate at ten an over, and things became even harder when Wade pushed a Samuels full toss straight back to the bowler for 17.

Edwards picked up two wickets in the next over, Daniel Christian caught at cover and Brett Lee bowled for a golden duck, and West Indies had become firm favourites with 25 needed from the last 10 balls. It was quite a change from the early stages when Warner was steering Australia towards a strong position, although his opening partner Shane Watson was caught at slip in the first over off Edwards.

Warner gradually found his rhythm and pulled Garey Mathurin for six, before lifting Sunil Narine over long-on for another six. George Bailey promoted himself to first drop and showed that he can clear the boundary, with a powerful slog over cow corner off Mathurin. Bailey top-edged a catch to fine leg off Samuels for 24 and Charles, who had dropped a sitter at fine leg before Bailey had scored, breathed a sigh of relief.

Michael Hussey pushed a return catch to Samuels for 14 and although Warner kept the runs flowing and even forced the umpires to find a new ball when he pulled Mathurin out of the ground, West Indies kept themselves in the match. Warner's half-century came from 39 balls but his run-out was a blow from which Australia could not recover, and they were disappointed not to chase down 161 on a fine batting pitch.

The Australian bowlers had done well to peg West Indies back after the Charles-Smith opening stand, which took West Indies to 72 for 0 in the seventh over. Charles scored 37 from 21 balls and Smith made 63 from 34 deliveries, his first half-century in a Twenty20 international, but there were few other contributors and Bravo (23 from 24 balls) was the only other man who reached double figures.

Charles raced out of the blocks with four, six and four from his first three balls, the six a slashing cut that cleared the point boundary off Lee. Charles was also very strong through the leg side but he was the first man to fall, when he couldn't quite force Watson over the boundary and was caught at long-off.

Kieron Pollard, promoted to No.3, edged behind off Lee for 1 and it was a major blow after his success in the previous game. But Smith, who had already been strong on both sides of the wicket, kept the runs flowing and 20 runs came off a James Pattinson over as Smith deposited him in the stands three times in the over.

He started with a monstrous smash over cow corner that landed in the top tier of the Hall and Griffith Stand and followed it with a six that bounced into the windows of the Garfield Sobers Pavilion over long-on. Next ball came the most pure stroke of them all, a lofted drive hit through the line that landed over long-on and brought up his half-century from 30 deliveries.

Another six off Xavier Doherty followed in the next over before Smith fell to the left-arm spinner, caught at long-on trying to maintain his tempo. That wicket was the end of West Indies' blitz, as Bravo moved along at a run a ball and didn't strike a boundary. McKay's changes of pace troubled the middle order and the medium-pacers Watson and Christian were disciplined and accurate.

Lee picked up two late wickets to finish with 3 for 23 as West Indies were bowled out with two balls to spare, having scored 50 for the loss of seven wickets in ten overs after Smith's departure. It was quite a collapse, but Smith and Charles had done enough to set up victory, and just like the ODI portion of the tour, the T20s could not produce a winner. Perhaps the Tests can split these two sides.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP Overs 16-20 NB/Wides
West Indies 52 8 5 65/0 15/4 1/9
Australia 53 14 5 53/1 25/5 0/2

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Posted by rayinto on (April 2, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

I wish Smith luck - he deserves it with the current selectors. He could be another exceptional all-rounder competing for a test place alongside Sammy, Bravo, Russel & Samuels - competition is good. Batting wise, the current team is young in experience and NONE of them have an ODI batting average >30 runs. We can only survive so long on sloggership - and time will tell who has real talent. In the meanwhile we sit out the experience of Gayle and Chanderpaul, both with ODI averages >40 - so who will mentor the young talent we have. Certainly not Gibson. These young players need the experienced ones alongside to soldier along with them and learn from. Our selectors are too thick headed to figure that out.

Posted by simonviller on (April 2, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

i'll stay optimistic about W.I in the test series ,but I would not be so naive as think that W.I will have an easy time . Despite good performances in the shorter formats by the W.I , Australia performed better in key areas of the game . Australia's big guns have a lot of experience and ability to hold on to their wickets ; I'm not so sure about our guys ,because our key guys are woefully out of form and that concerns me . Watson/Warner/ponting /Clarke/Hussey ...worry me a bit . Lets hope they don't get off on us ,or it would be a long series .

Posted by Meety on (April 1, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

@amitgarg78 - mate, I think you need to check your stats between Lyon & Bishoo v India. Lyon has marginally bettr stats, career wise on the same amount of matches, Bishoo has taken more wickets, but at a higher average & S/Rate. Narine v Beer - I suspect you MAY be right, however between them they have only played ONE test, which is insufficent to make any conclusions! @Behind_the_bowlers_arm - YES, YES YES! I want Warney to lead Oz to the next W/Cup! That would be awesome! I agree regarding leaving Test specialists quarantined. I think they can experiment with up & coming players in the T20 stuff. @brittop - hmmmm, what is the last T20 result between the WIndies & England??? I know Swann was the captain.....

Posted by LeicesterNick on (April 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Looking from afar its about time the Windies public appreciated their captain. He's brought unity to an emerging team. They're playing with a smile on their face and belief. Credit to him, I hope they carry on the promise in the tests.

Posted by steve19191 on (April 1, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Just how low will the Aussies sink before they reach rock bottom.....perhaps the weakest international side out side Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Such a shame......NOT LOLOLOLOL

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

last time west indies was in Australia they could have won both test and 0di series. they were never seriously out played by Australia. WI lose games most of the time because of their own carelessness. the bowlers are doing well if the batsmen apply them selves they can beat any team

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

It's a great morale-booster for the Windies to draw both the ODI and T20 series. I can't recall the last time the Boyz even got close to acheiving that against Australia. I've read several comments about Australia not being as strong or the Windies shouldn't get too carried away. Well there's some truth in both statements, but to be fair the Windies have also made several changes in the last year and the WI fanbase have not had alot to cheer about in recent years, so any signs of improvement and progression will be welcomed with open arms. The test series will be alot tougher for the Windies, as Australia will have Clarke and Ponting back and despite many changes in personnel, the Aussies will always be fiercely competitive. I haven't got high hopes about the test series, but as long as the Boyz show the kind of collective, fighting spirit under Sammy's leadership, then i'll take that for now. Curious about the test-squad, as injuries and the IPL schedule will be a factor.

Posted by delboy on (April 1, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

@Selvamurugan Sakthivel, remember T20 demands CONTROL and that variety. You may want to bench both Roach and Fidel in order to get Santoki (Left arm) in to the mix. Since winning the Stanford million; Fletcher has lost that hunger for the game. I would include Ramdim if fit with Lendl as the backup batsman/keeper. Can you seriously afford 8 overs between Roach and Edwards for 60 plus? To win is to hit the opposition with what they do not expect.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

My West Indies t20 Squad : Chris Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Marlon Samuels,Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard,Andre Russel,Andre Fletcher,Darren Sammy,Sunil Narine ,Kemar Roach,Fidel Edwards.

Bench Squad: Jerome Taylor, Christoper Barnwell,D.Bishoo,J.Charles,K.Santokie.

Posted by Marcio on (April 1, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Unfortunately half a dozen over of glory hitting are not going to win you test matches, at least not very often. Tests are very technical, and I suspect the WI batsmen will be shown up big time in this department. Their best chance for a win will be on a rank turner where AUS have to bat last, and where the WI put up a good first innings total. Narine could win them such a game. Australia will also be VERY highly motivated for the tests, unlike the recent short format stuff. Clarke, Ponting, Harris and co will be raring to go. The poster who said Pattinson is out of sorts and should be dropped, again, you are confusing formats. Pattinson is not a short format bowler at this stage, he's an out and out fast bowler - perfect for cowboy T20 hitters when the track is low and slow. His two overs in that last game was an exercise in futility by the AUS team. David Hussey's "nothing" balls would have been a much better option.

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