Australia tour of West Indies, Only T20I: West Indies v Australia at Bridgetown, Jun 20, 2008
West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
20 June 2008 (20-over match)

4.20 Right, we have a match. The players are out in the middle. Here we go.

4.10pm We have a possible match. If there is no more rain, play will get underway in 11 minutes time, and it will be 11 overs a side.

4.05pm There is a glimmer of a prospect of play. The umpires, Billy Doctrove and Clyde Duncan, are sizing up the conditions and the rain has undoubtedly stopped. Watch this space. We have another hour and five minutes before the cut-off of 5.10pm local time ...

3.10pm Apparently there had been a brief intention to get underway right now ... but the rain is back, and so now we won't be starting for a little while longer. It's a good ground for drainage at the new-look Kensington Oval, so there is still some hope of a match of some length. Let's see what happens. The latest we can get underway is 5.10pm, which would be long enough for a five-over thrash.

2.55pm No news to bring you, alas. The rain seems to have settled in, and there's no prospect of an imminent start. Oh well.

2.30pm Well, we were meant to be getting underway now, but instead they are bringing on yet more covers. This is not very promising in the slightest, I'm afraid.

2.20pm And the covers are back on, sadly. A big blue tarpaulin has been hauled back over the square, so I imagine the start will be pushed back by another few minutes. The rain is not falling just yet, so that's encouraging. In fact, it is now drizzling lightly, which is not so encouraging.

2.15pm Some movement down on the edge of the pitch, worryingly. Nothing is happening just yet, but the groundstaff look suspiciously ready to pull on the covers. Hopefully the rains will hold off, and we can get underway as soon as possible.

2.10pm Here are the two teams, and there are six Twenty20 debutants on show, four for West Indies and two for Australia:

West Indies 1 Xavier Marshall, 2 William Perkins, 3 Andre Fletcher, 4 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Jerome Taylor, 9 Sulieman Benn, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Fidel Edwards.

Australia 1 Shaun Marsh, 2 Michael Clarke, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Shane Watson, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 David Hussey, 7 Cameron White, 8 James Hopes, 9 Luke Ronchi (wk), 10 Brett Lee, 11 Mitchell Johnson.

2pm West Indies win the toss and bowl. Ricky Ponting called incorrectly, but he's pretty happy to get a chance to bat first. The start has been pushed back by half an hour, but they are still intending to play the full 20 overs.

Dwayne Bravo will captain a new-look West Indies team because Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle both have groin injuries. The full team to follow shortly.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the one-off Twenty20 international between West Indies and Australia in Barbados. Play was due to get underway at 2pm local time (6pm GMT), but unfortunately it is raining in Bridgetown and so the start, at best, will be delayed. More news as and when we get it.

0.1

Taylor to Marsh, no run, a slower ball to start, outside off stump, and through to the keeper

0.2

Taylor to Marsh, no run, good sharp length, jagging into the splice. Defended to the gully

0.3

Taylor to Marsh, no run, quick and jagging. Lovely bowling, outside off, nipping off the moist deck, and Marsh is well beaten

0.4

Taylor to Marsh, 2 runs, full length, and swished chancily into the leg-side. Marsh gets enough bat on it to clear the infield, and he's off the mark

0.5

Taylor to Marsh, no run, more sharp movement, zipping into the left-hander, and Taylor nods approvingly in his followthrough

0.6

Taylor to Marsh, 1 wide, down the legside, well gathered, but that's an easy call for the umpire

0.6

Taylor to Marsh, SIX, in the slot, and thumped majestically down the ground for a maximum. Cracking stroke. He looked all at sea for much of that over, but he's still taken it for nine runs

End of over 1 (9 runs) Australia 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • SE Marsh 8 (6b 1x6)
    • L Ronchi 0 (0b)
    • JE Taylor 1-0-9-0

Here's a cunning move. It's Sulieman Benn, the spinner, to share the new ball

1.1

Benn to Ronchi, no run, good length to start, on off stump and pushed into the covers

1.2

Benn to Ronchi, no run, lovely bite and bounce, Benn uses his height well, and Ramdin half appeals for a stumping

1.3

Benn to Ronchi, no run, tweaking past off stump again, excellent bounce and Ramdin leaps as he takes

1.4

Benn to Ronchi, 1 run, clipped into the leg side, and Ronchi's off the mark

1.5

Benn to Marsh, 1 run, walloped into the covers, and that was technically a chance. But it was actually three runs saved. Bravo got his fingertips to it, goalkeeper style, brave effort

1.6

Benn to Ronchi, 1 run, good end to a tight and tidy over

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • L Ronchi 2 (5b)
    • SE Marsh 9 (7b 1x6)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-3-0
    • JE Taylor 1-0-9-0
2.1

Taylor to Ronchi, SIX, incredible shot! He backed away, hung his bat out as if he was a scared tailender, and yet timed it so sweetly that it flew all the way over backward point! Remarkable

2.2

Taylor to Ronchi, FOUR, inside-out clobber over the covers. Dramatic striking, and the runs are flowing

2.3

Taylor to Ronchi, FOUR, opens the shoulders, and strikes through the line like a golfer. Didn't come off the middle of the bat, but a one-bounce four will do nicely

2.4

Taylor to Ronchi, no run, slower ball, yorker length, big appeal, but just drifting down. Good riposte

2.5

Taylor to Ronchi, no run, short and climbing off the pitch, Ronchi attempted to steer that over third man, but didn't make contact. For once

2.6

Taylor to Ronchi, no run, another slower ball, and that's an excellent comeback. Ronchi swings into a slog sweep, but the ball is through to the keeper

End of over 3 (14 runs) Australia 26/0 (RR: 8.66)

    • L Ronchi 16 (11b 2x4 1x6)
    • SE Marsh 9 (7b 1x6)
    • JE Taylor 2-0-23-0
    • SJ Benn 1-0-3-0
3.1

Benn to Marsh, 1 run, full toss, and that's a bit of a let-off. Marsh can't time his slog, and midwicket fields

3.2

Benn to Ronchi, 1 wide, down the leg side

3.2

Benn to Ronchi, FOUR, smacked in the air, over mid-off, who can't quite reach as he leaps. It looks as though Bravo is unaware that the Powerplays are over

3.3

Benn to Ronchi, FOUR, cut, and cut hard, whistles through point

3.4

Benn to Ronchi, 1 run, driven hard and straight, Benn gets a finger on the ball, but still a single

3.5

Benn to Marsh, 1 run, shovelled into the covers

3.6

Benn to Ronchi, FOUR, down on one knee, and slapped violently through midwicket. West Indies' field placings are all at sea, and Australia are taking ruthless advantage

Here's Fidel Edwards to try and salvage the situation ... ouch! That has got to hurt. Edwards completely lost his footing, just as he did in the Antigua Test, and slides down the pitch. He needs spikes on the side of his right boot ...

End of over 4 (16 runs) Australia 42/0 (RR: 10.50)

    • L Ronchi 29 (15b 5x4 1x6)
    • SE Marsh 11 (9b 1x6)
    • SJ Benn 2-0-19-0
    • JE Taylor 2-0-23-0
4.1

Edwards to Marsh, no run, full toss, outside off stump. Not a bad delivery in the circumstances

It's getting quite dark out there now

4.2

Edwards to Marsh, 2 runs, swished out to deep midwicket, and a cheeky second run as Pollard's throw goes wide

4.3

Edwards to Marsh, 1 run, driven firm and straight, Perkins the debutant fields at long-on

4.4

Edwards to Ronchi, no run, full length and inswinging, a massive mow from Ronchi, but no connection

4.5

Edwards to Ronchi, 1 leg bye, Ronchi backed away, so Edwards followed him, good bowling

But Edwards seems to be feeling the effects of that slip. His ankle is bothering him

4.6

Edwards to Marsh, 1 run, fast and straight, defended into the covers for a single. Good over

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 47/0 (RR: 9.40)

    • SE Marsh 15 (13b 1x6)
    • L Ronchi 29 (17b 5x4 1x6)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-4-0
    • SJ Benn 2-0-19-0
5.1

Roach to Marsh, (no ball) 1 run, beamer! And a nasty one too. Marsh swings in self-defence, and the ball flies down to third man off his gloves

5.1

Roach to Ronchi, 1 run, dropped - superb bounce and carry, Ronchi fended it through to the keeper, who muffed the chance. It is getting very dark

5.2

Roach to Marsh, 1 run, pummelled down the ground

5.3

Roach to Ronchi, FOUR, too much width, and slashed past backward point. Ronchi gave himself room, but reached it well in the end

5.4

Roach to Ronchi, 2 runs, had to scamper as the throw came in from the covers, but safely home

5.5

Roach to Ronchi, no run, excellent slower ball, just kept out at the last minute

5.6

Roach to Ronchi, OUT, in the slot and slapped down the ground, but not enough bat on it, and the home boy has a debut wicket!

L Ronchi c Taylor b Roach 36 (33m 22b 6x4 1x6) SR: 163.63

End of over 6 (10 runs) Australia 57/1 (RR: 9.50)

    • SE Marsh 17 (15b 1x6)
    • KAJ Roach 1-0-10-1
    • FH Edwards 1-0-4-0
6.1

Edwards to Marsh, 1 run, clipped off the pads

6.2

Edwards to Watson, 1 run, short and on the pads, Benn at short backward point fields well, but winds himself in the process

6.3

Edwards to Marsh, 1 run, full toss, clobbered over cover, and picked up in the deep

6.4

Edwards to Watson, 1 run, attempted yorker, a hint of inswing, and swished out to midwicket

6.5

Edwards to Marsh, no run, slower-ball bouncer. Quite a cunning plan, that one

6.6

Edwards to Marsh, FOUR, in the slot and mowed across the line. Deep midwicket can't cut that off

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 65/1 (RR: 9.28)

    • SE Marsh 23 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 2 (2b)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-12-0
    • KAJ Roach 1-0-10-1
7.1

Roach to Watson, no run, very decent pace, outside off stump, and Watson is beaten

7.2

Roach to Watson, 1 leg bye, a touch too straight, but Watson misses out with a leg-side flick

7.3

Roach to Marsh, no run, smashed back down the ground, and Roach instinctively sticks out a mitt, and saves four runs

7.4

Roach to Marsh, SIX, that's vast - clean as a whistle over long-on. TImed to perfection and that carries 98 metres, apparently

7.5

Roach to Marsh, OUT, what a catch! That was short and swung out to deep midwicket. Marshall, running towards the rope, leaps, takes cleanly, then tiptoes along the boundary rope, just inches inside. He keeps his balance and that's a key breakthrough

SE Marsh c Marshall b Roach 29 (44m 22b 1x4 2x6) SR: 131.81

7.6

Roach to Watson, no run, tucked behind square

End of over 8 (7 runs) Australia 72/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • SR Watson 2 (5b)
    • DJ Hussey 0 (0b)
    • KAJ Roach 2-0-16-2
    • FH Edwards 2-0-12-0
8.1

Bravo to DJ Hussey, no run, slower ball from the skipper. Well bowled

8.2

Bravo to DJ Hussey, OUT, another slower ball, and Hussey is onto that far too quickly. A spiralling top-edge and Perkins at midwicket judges it well

DJ Hussey c Perkins b Bravo 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

A slight check to Australia's momentum.

8.3

Bravo to Watson, no run, flicked straight to square leg, thoughts about a single, but the throw comes in to persuade him otherwise

8.4

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, angled into the blockhole from around the wicket. Driven down the ground

8.5

Bravo to White, 1 run, an agonisingly slow slower ball, eventually cut behind square

8.6

Bravo to Watson, FOUR, aiming for the blockhole again, but swung lustily into the gap at deep midwicket, where it neatly bissects two fielders

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 78/3 (RR: 8.66)

    • SR Watson 7 (8b 1x4)
    • CL White 1 (1b)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-6-1
    • KAJ Roach 2-0-16-2
9.1

Roach to White, 1 run, floated onto a good length, White opens his shoulders for the drive, but can't time it as the ball plugs in front of long-off

9.2

Roach to Watson, 1 run, low full toss, shovelled out to midwicket

9.3

Roach to White, FOUR, not a bad ball at all, slow and full, but White gets under it and times it to perfection, inside-out, over cover

9.4

Roach to White, 1 run, flogged with even more power into the covers, but picked up by the sweeper

9.5

Roach to Watson, no run, bouncer, and a good one too. Close to a wide, but well directed

9.6

Roach to Watson, SIX, not such a good bouncer. Short again, and Watson was waiting this time. Sweet connection, into the Hall and Griffiths stand at midwicket

Last over. Breathless stuff

End of over 10 (13 runs) Australia 91/3 (RR: 9.10)

    • SR Watson 14 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • CL White 7 (4b 1x4)
    • KAJ Roach 3-0-29-2
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-6-1
10.1

Bravo to White, 2 runs, low full toss, clipped out to midwicket, a tight call for the second run, but they make it comfortably in the end

10.2

Bravo to White, 1 run, outside leg stump, flicked down to fine leg

10.3

Bravo to Watson, no run, a pre-meditated paddle-sweep, so Bravo bounces it over his shoulder. Good bowling

10.4

Bravo to Watson, no run, a swing and a miss. Quite possibly the first of the innings

10.5

Bravo to Watson, 2 runs, slower ball again, swatted back down the ground, and long-on fields

last ball ...

10.6

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, Watson wound himself up for the big strike, but succeeds only in whisking the ball round the corner for one more run

Well, that was relentless stuff. West Indies need 98, and I need an ice-bath for my fingertips. Back in five

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 97/3

    • SR Watson 17 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • CL White 10 (6b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-1
    • KAJ Roach 3-0-29-2
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