Australia tour of West Indies, 2008 / Commentary

Australia in West Indies ODI Series - 2nd ODI

West Indies v Australia

Australia won by 63 runs (D/L method)

9:45am So 15 minutes after play was scheduled to start, we can now start ... or can we? The players were lying on the grass, standing around near the square, and rocking on hammock-like nets but now the sight screen problem seems to have been sorted out and its time for the players to switch on. And there's a bit of rain in the air. In fact, its spitting down.

No, umpires say we can play. Jerome Taylor runs in to Shaun Marsh, around the stumps.

9:30am Australia have won the toss and they will bat.

Team changes: West Indies have brought in Daren Powell and Patrick Browne, for Fidel Edwards and Denesh Ramdin, and an injured Ramnaresh Sarwan misses out. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is indeed in.

Issues with the sight screen, not for the first time during Australia's tour of the Caribbean. Play has been held up. Players stand around waiting. Arms wave elsewhere and members of the ground staff try to solve the matter. Embarrassing scenes from a West Indian perspective. All these problems at the start of a match. Why wasn't this settled before?

There are half a dozen men shifting the sight screen and using planks to add on to the sides. Not a good advertisement for cricket in the West Indies. The umpires do not look pleased. The players look frustrated.

9:20am - breaking news Brad Haddin will will return to Australia after not recovering sufficiently from a broken ring finger, which means Luke Ronchi, who made his international debut in the Twenty20 game last week in Barbados, gets his first ODI today.

9:00am Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of game two between West Indies and Australia. Today's match comes to us from scenic St George's, Grenada.

We'll be Jamie Alter, starting off commentary, and Brydon Coverdale, for stellar stints in between bulletining, here all day to take you though the match.

Big game this for Ricky Ponting, though he won't really admit it, for this will see him join former skipper Steve Waugh as Australia's only members of the prestigious 300-ODI club.

From a series perspective, West Indies will hope to bounce back after defeat in game one. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is reportedly fit to play, but some doubts linger over captain Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Australia, ahead 1-0 and back on top of the ICC ODI world rankings after an 84-run victory on Tuesday, aren't expected to make any changes as Andrew Symonds' availability is still uncertain.

0.1

Taylor to Marsh, no run, fullish ball, almost a yorker, but wide enough to drive to point

0.2

Taylor to Marsh, no run, fullish again and he pushes that across to the on-side

0.3

Taylor to Marsh, 3 runs, there's runs now as he takes a full ball from about off stump and turns it past Benn at midwicket, whi runs after it and cuts it down near the boundary

Further hold up as the chaps down at the sight screen haven't finished working. Asad Rauf has a stroll down and moves his hands. One official shrugs his shoulders. This is just bizarre. The number of people converging multiplies. Tim Nielsen, Australia's coach, storms down. The third umpire shows up. "How many people does it take to move a bench?" quizzes a dry Tony Cozier.

0.4

Taylor to Watson, no run, yorker-length delivery and Watson just pushes it back to Taylor

Two slips in place now

0.5

Taylor to Watson, no run, some outswing for Taylor now as he lands that one of a full length and Watson leaves it be

0.6

Taylor to Watson, OUT, and now there's a wicket, a big one too, to cap what could be the longest first over ever! Taylor pitches very full and angles the ball in through the air, Watson expects it to move away and doesn't get his front foot out too much but the ball dips and clips him flush on the foot

SR Watson lbw b Taylor 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What an over. That took ages. Watson goes and Ponting comes in to bat.

End of over 1 (3 runs) Australia 3/1
     JE Taylor    1-0-3-1
SE Marsh    3* (3b)     

1.1

Powell to Marsh, no run, good length outside off, swings in very close as Marsh opts to leave

1.2

Powell to Marsh, no run, now he pitches it wider and moves it away from Marsh, who cannot stop having a flirt and very nearly edges it to Browne, the wicketkeeper

1.3

Powell to Marsh, no run, movement again, and some bounce, as Marsh allows that one pass

1.4

Powell to Marsh, 1 run, pitches on leg and straightens and Marsh pushes it back past Ponting, calling for the run as he takes on to the danger end, mid-off running in fast

So that brings Ponting to the crease in his 300th ODI.

1.5

Powell to Ponting, no run, and he leaves first ball, planting his front foot well in and raising arms

1.6

Powell to Ponting, no run, fuller ball, much fuller, and he drives it to cover, who is sharp to stop it

Good start from Powell, just allowing one from the over

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 4/1
RT Ponting    0* (2b)      DBL Powell    1-0-1-0
SE Marsh    4* (7b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-1

2.1

Taylor to Marsh, no run, full with movement through the air, pitches on off and turned to midwicket by Marsh, getting the bat down in time

2.2

Taylor to Marsh, no run, not as full and a bit wider, still swinging though, and Marsh leaves

2.3

Taylor to Marsh, 1 run, close one, as Marsh pushes at another swinging fuller delivery and gets an inside-edge onto front pad before Ponting calls for the single to square leg

There's some movement for Taylor and Powell today. Taylor moves over the stumps.

2.4

Taylor to Ponting, no run, good ball, pitching on middle and off and straightening and Ponting, inching across his stumps, has to defend that back to Taylor

2.5

Taylor to Ponting, FOUR, but thats too straight and in Ponting's area, so he gets off the mark with a pleasing clip off the pads and the fast outfield does the rest

2.6

Taylor to Ponting, no run, good comeback delivery, on a length and he gets forward to defend

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 9/1
RT Ponting    4* (5b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-8-1
SE Marsh    5* (10b)      DBL Powell    1-0-1-0

3.1

Powell to Marsh, no run, angled across Marsh, with swing and lift, and he shoulders arms

3.2

Powell to Marsh, no run, short of a length, again with lovely carry to Browne, and Marsh leaves

3.3

Powell to Marsh, 2 runs, very full outside off stump and he squeezes it past gully for a couple

3.4

Powell to Marsh, no run, top delivery! Thats a good length, with seam and lift, to beat Marsh as he pushes forward and misses by a whisker, Browne takes it up at a good height too

3.5

Powell to Marsh, no run, back of a length and seaming away and Marsh allows this to go by

3.6

Powell to Marsh, no run, tries to get the yorker right and Marsh punches straight to cover

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 11/1
SE Marsh    7* (16b)      DBL Powell    2-0-3-0
RT Ponting    4* (5b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-8-1

4.1

Taylor to Ponting, 3 runs, some movement through the air but fraction too full and Ponting pushes that off the front foot and picks the gap wide of Benn at extra cover, running hard

Taylor goes around the stumps to Marsh

4.2

Taylor to Marsh, FOUR, dragged in short and he's hurried into the shot, but plays it well and makes sure to keep it along the ground, tucking the ball into the gap at square leg

4.3

Taylor to Marsh, no run, full now and he drives it across towards mid-on, who runs in

4.4

Taylor to Marsh, no run, back of a length and wide, but it swings back in so Marsh leaves it be

4.5

Taylor to Marsh, no run, moves away this time but its wide enough for Marsh to leave again

4.6

Taylor to Marsh, 1 run, swings in and he clips that from off stump, in the air wide of midwicket

Some grass on the pitch, but not a whole lot. West Indies hitting the right areas. Watchful start.

End of over 5 (8 runs) Australia 19/1
SE Marsh    12* (21b 1x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-16-1
RT Ponting    7* (6b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-3-0

5.1

Powell to Marsh, OUT, edged and taken! Powell bowls it short of a length and Marsh, trying to steer it down to third man, doesn't get over the bounce and tickles it to Browne, silly shot that

SE Marsh c †Browne b Powell 12 (23m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

West Indies have removed the openers. Fab start by them. Heres' Michael Clarke. Still issues with the sight screen. Asad Rauf talks on his communicator. Ponting has a chat with him. A young lad and another man work on the sight screen. Watch the column spaces tomorrow to read about this fiasco. We've had 5.1 overs in the 45 minutes since play was supposed to start. The slats of the sight screen seem to be the issue from what I can tell. Clarke and Ponting have a laugh with Rauf and Chanderpaul.

5.2

Powell to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length and he defends it to backward point, calling for one as Ponting hesitates but they end up running through for the single

5.3

Powell to Ponting, no run, lands it on a good length, Ponting strides in and shoulders arms

"Is Australia's new young talent a scarce resource?" asks Satbir Singh from Australia, on email. I don't think so.

5.4

Powell to Ponting, no run, good length outside off and he leaves it be this time as well

5.5

Powell to Ponting, FOUR, full and wide, Ponting drives but mistimes it, scooping it over Bravo's fingers at backward point and thats his second boundary of the morning, albeit streakily

5.6

Powell to Ponting, no run, better length and he drives it back to Powell, who feigns a throw back

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 24/2
RT Ponting    11* (10b 2x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-8-1
MJ Clarke    1* (1b)      JE Taylor    3-0-16-1

6.1

Taylor to Clarke, no run, good length on middle and off and Clarke patiently defends it back

6.2

Taylor to Clarke, no run, back of a length, slightly wider, and he opts to leave that alone

6.3

Taylor to Clarke, no run, shorter one outside off, he gets up and pushes it backward point

6.4

Taylor to Clarke, no run, short again and he gets onto the toes, punching to cover this time

6.5

Taylor to Clarke, no run, tidy line from Taylor gets Clarke defending again, telling Ponting to wait

6.6

Taylor to Clarke, no run, invites the drive but he gets forward and leaves, ending a maiden over

End of over 7 (maiden) Australia 24/2
MJ Clarke    1* (7b)      JE Taylor    4-1-16-1
RT Ponting    11* (10b 2x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-8-1

7.1

Powell to Ponting, no run, yowza! That one's full and swinging in exaggeratedly off the pitch, producing a loose drive from Ponting and the ball nips back between bat and pad and Browne has to fling himself around to stop the ball from carrying on further

7.2

Powell to Ponting, 1 run, too full and on the pads and he clips it down to fine leg for one

7.3

Powell to Clarke, no run, good length again, pitching and straightening, and Clarke leaves

7.4

Powell to Clarke, no run, gets a massive stride in and defends that one to the man at cover

"Will Chris Gayle be fined/banned for a slow over rate because of this sightscreen shambles?" asks Mark Powell. No, its not his fault and there is time to extend. They may just shorten the mid-innings break.

7.5

Powell to Clarke, FOUR, top shot, Clarke just planting his front foot forward and putting the half-volley away past extra cover

7.6

Powell to Clarke, FOUR, two in two, this one punched straight back past the stumps and some sloppy fielding on the boundary down there gives away the four

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 33/2
MJ Clarke    9* (11b 2x4)      DBL Powell    4-0-17-1
RT Ponting    12* (12b 2x4)      JE Taylor    4-1-16-1

8.1

Taylor to Ponting, no run, change of pace, landing on a full length and straightening away to beat Ponting's bat as he defends off the front foot

8.2

Taylor to Ponting, no run, this time he gets more forward and defends a good ball to cover

8.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, full this time as he looks for swing but wide enough for Ponting to leave

8.4

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, short on the stumps and Ponting hooks in the air but it drops before the man down near the ropes at fine leg

8.5

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, lands on a length wide of off stump and Clarke pushes away from his body, playing it wide of the lone slip and backward point for a single

Gayle comes in at short midwicket

8.6

Taylor to Ponting, OUT, caught! Slower ball works as Ponting shuffles across and clips this in the air, indifferently, lazily, straight to Gayle at short midwicket, who falls to his right and clutches on

RT Ponting c Gayle b Taylor 13 (37m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.47

Thats the fifth time Taylor has dismissed Ponting this tour. So no landmark hundred for Ponting in ODI No. 300. Australia in trouble. Here's Michael Hussey.

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 35/3
     JE Taylor    5-1-18-2
MJ Clarke    10* (12b 2x4)      DBL Powell    4-0-17-1

9.1

Powell to Clarke, no run, comes back in sharply, Clarke gets tall and lets the ball sails over the stumps

9.2

Powell to Clarke, no run, good ball, short of a length and Clarke shoulders arms to it that time

9.3

Powell to Clarke, no run, a touch fuller and straighter and he drives to mid-off, who slides and saves it

9.4

Powell to Clarke, no run, short of a length and he gets up again, defending it down to point

9.5

Powell to Clarke, no run, slower ball, fuller length and that one's clipped to short midwicket

9.6

Powell to Clarke, no run, good length ball draws a defensive shot to cover, ending a maiden over

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 35/3
MJ Clarke    10* (18b 2x4)      DBL Powell    5-1-17-1
MEK Hussey    0* (0b)      JE Taylor    5-1-18-2

Gayle takes the second Powerplay. Taylor around the stumps to Hussey.

10.1

Taylor to Hussey, no run, gets him shouldering arms first ball with one short of a good length

10.2

Taylor to Hussey, no run, full this time, moving through the air and he punches it to cover-point

10.3

Taylor to Hussey, no run, lands on middle and straightens and Hussey taps it back to Taylor

10.4

Taylor to Hussey, no run, now he draws him forward with one outside off, stopped by Bravo

10.5

Taylor to Hussey, no run, slower ball, wider and inviting the drive but Hussey, nearly playing, leaves

10.6

Taylor to Hussey, no run, second maiden in a row, Hussey leaving a wide one be off the front foot

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 35/3
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      JE Taylor    6-2-18-2
MJ Clarke    10* (18b 2x4)      DBL Powell    5-1-17-1

11.1

Powell to Clarke, no run, back of a length and he shoulder arms as the ball starts to lift

11.2

Powell to Clarke, no run, pitches in line and comes in, Clarke shuffles and drives to midwicket

11.3

Powell to Clarke, no run, bowls a tempting fullish one outside off and Clarke shoulders arms

11.4

Powell to Clarke, no run, nips back in very sharply and pings him on the inside of the thigh, that will leave a bruise or red spot for a while

11.5

Powell to Clarke, no run, straighter one and Clarke gets forward to defend it back

11.6

Powell to Clarke, no run, this one comes in and Clarke turns it to the fielder at midwicket

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 35/3
MJ Clarke    10* (24b 2x4)      DBL Powell    6-2-17-1
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      JE Taylor    6-2-18-2

Three consecutive maiden overs. Stifling stuff. Gayle now tosses the ball to Bravo.

12.1

Bravo to Hussey, no run, works it across Hussey, back of a length, and he watches it go past

12.2

Bravo to Hussey, no run, short of a length and he defends with an inside-edge onto his boot

12.3

Bravo to Hussey, no run, straighter one, change of pace, and defended back to Bravo

12.4

Bravo to Hussey, no run, thats full and angled across Hussey, who leaves it be for Browne

12.5

Bravo to Hussey, no run, even fuller and Hussey defends solidly off the front foot to cover

12.6

Bravo to Hussey, no run, pushes at one seaming across off a shorter length and gets beaten

That makes it four maidens in a row. You don't see that too often. Powell continues.

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 35/3
MEK Hussey    0* (12b)      DJ Bravo    1-1-0-0
MJ Clarke    10* (24b 2x4)      DBL Powell    6-2-17-1

13.1

Powell to Clarke, no run, straighter one on the stumps, Clarke falls across and drives to mid-on

13.2

Powell to Clarke, 1 run, now there's a single, with Clarke getting on top of the bounce and pushing into the covers, where a sliding stop can't cut off the quick run

13.3

Powell to Hussey, no run, short one, lifting off the track as it angles across Hussey, who watches it

13.4

Powell to Hussey, no run, follows up with a fuller one, firmly driven off the front foot to cover

13.5

Powell to Hussey, 1 run, hustles his first run to get off the mark after 15 deliveries, cramped by a short one that cuts back in but he gets bat on it and drops the ball near the slips, Clarke calls him down for the single

13.6

Powell to Clarke, no run, another one short of a length, jagging back in, is loosely played to point off the thigh as Clarke falls over and misses out on the shot, Powell has a smile and a word of advice

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 37/3
MJ Clarke    11* (27b 2x4)      DBL Powell    7-2-19-1
MEK Hussey    1* (15b)      DJ Bravo    1-1-0-0

14.1

Bravo to Hussey, no run, full and going away, he chases it with a drive and inside-edges onto pad

14.2

Bravo to Hussey, no run, gets forward and leaves that one, Bravo bowling a top-class line here

14.3

Bravo to Hussey, no run, leaves off the front foot again, the ball swinging away from off stump

14.4

Bravo to Hussey, no run, its like a Test match, Hussey patiently defending a good ball to cover

14.5

Bravo to Hussey, no run, uses his feet this time but can only defend the ball as Bravo spots him coming and alters the length, top stuff this

14.6

Bravo to Hussey, no run, ends a good over with one back of a length and its defended well

That will be drinks on the field. "This is absolutely ridiculous," fumes Ronnie. "I'm going back to work." Why? Stick around, this is going to be a cracker, just you watch. And I've been known to predict a few crackers.

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 37/3
MEK Hussey    1* (21b)      DJ Bravo    2-2-0-0
MJ Clarke    11* (27b 2x4)      DBL Powell    7-2-19-1

Powell will carry on. Third Powerplay taken

15.1

Powell to Clarke, no run, gets onto the back foot and punches the ball to an ambidextrous Marshall in the covers, who dives to one side and releases with the other hand

15.2

Powell to Clarke, no run, super ball, nipping back in through the gap between bat and body, nearly cutting Clarke in half and there's noise but its ball brushing thigh through to Browne

15.3

Powell to Clarke, 1 run, too straight on this occasion and he's sharp to on-drive a quick single

15.4

Powell to Hussey, no run, short of a length and Hussey steers this one to backward point

15.5

Powell to Hussey, no run, good ball, lands outside leg and seams across and Hussey defends

Mike, from Canada: "I'm loving every moment of these last few overs. This is even better than Test match bowling and economy rate. What a perfect way to watch the Windies after finishing your Accounting Mid-Term Test on a Friday morning! A joyous start to a pleasant weekend! Go Bravo!"

15.6

Powell to Hussey, no run, good ball again, this time Hussey defends getting back

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 38/3
MEK Hussey    1* (24b)      DBL Powell    8-2-20-1
MJ Clarke    12* (30b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    2-2-0-0

Thats three runs from seven overs. Wow. Some way to use the Powerplays, what say?

16.1

Bravo to Clarke, no run, swings in off a length and Clarke defends to Marshall at short cover

16.2

Bravo to Clarke, no run, shorter and he quickly gets back, punching to short cover again

16.3

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, gets back and drops this one to backward point, Hussey initiates the manic single from the other end, Clarke sets off and the fielder misses the stumps

16.4

Bravo to Hussey, 1 run, now he plays a shot, getting over one angled across and steering into the gap between the slips and backward point for a single

16.5

Bravo to Clarke, no run, uses his feet and drives handsomely but can't beat a moving mid-off

16.6

Bravo to Clarke, no run, gets back in his crease and tries to softly steal another single towards backward point but Chanderpaul swoops in rapidly to cut off any such thoughts

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 40/3
MJ Clarke    13* (35b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    3-2-2-0
MEK Hussey    2* (25b)      DBL Powell    8-2-20-1

Bowling change: its gonna be Darren Sammy from over the stumps

17.1

Sammy to Hussey, no run, starts off with a short one, which Hussey tucks to midwicket

17.2

Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, short again and Hussey places a poor pull shot, ball taking the splice of the bat very high and nearly lobbing to mid-on, but he's slow to react and the ball lands safe

17.3

Sammy to Clarke, no run, no pace but a tidier line, back of a length, and Clarke shuffles to defend

17.4

Sammy to Clarke, no run, comes well down the track and defends a shorter one from Sammy

17.5

Sammy to Clarke, no run, sees some room but can only get up and chop the ball to point

17.6

Sammy to Clarke, 1 run, steals a single last ball, using his feet and pushing back past the stumps

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 42/3
MJ Clarke    14* (39b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-2-0
MEK Hussey    3* (27b)      DJ Bravo    3-2-2-0

18.1

Bravo to Clarke, no run, fuller ball outside off, swings in, Clarke pushes to short cover

18.2

Bravo to Clarke, no run, swings through the air and lands full, Clarke gets in and on-drives

18.3

Bravo to Clarke, no run, gets onto the front foot and drives again, failing to beat short cover

18.4

Bravo to Clarke, no run, moves forward and punches the ball to cover, who also stops it

18.5

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, thats too wide and he cuts over the ball, getting a single out to Powell running across from third man, who returns a good throw to keep them to one

18.6

Bravo to Hussey, no run, worked across him at a good height and he watches it go to Browne

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 43/3
MEK Hussey    3* (28b)      DJ Bravo    4-2-3-0
MJ Clarke    15* (44b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-2-0

19.1

Sammy to Clarke, no run, gets onto the front foot and plays a pleasing drive, but right to cover

19.2

Sammy to Clarke, 1 run, single now, but courtesy an inside-edge to square leg as he defends

19.3

Sammy to Hussey, no run, change of pace, good length on off stump and he plods it back

19.4

Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, good shot, getting over the bounce and guiding a single to third man

19.5

Sammy to Clarke, 1 run, too straight and he turns that into the gap at square leg

Two singles in two balls ... its unbelievable.

19.6

Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, fullish ball outside off stump and he drives well to extra cover

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 47/3
MEK Hussey    5* (31b)      DJG Sammy    2-0-6-0
MJ Clarke    17* (47b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    4-2-3-0

Is that a fight back? We've just seen four singles that last over from Sammy. There's a third slip in.

20.1

Bravo to Hussey, no run, short of a length, no room to work with, and he defends off the back foot

20.2

Bravo to Hussey, no run, plays and misses at one that kicks up and he admonishes himself

20.3

Bravo to Hussey, no run, now he comes down the pitch, smothering the ball to cover

20.4

Bravo to Hussey, 1 run, advances down and drives into the gap at cover, single out to sweeper

Plenty of questions asking about the pitch. Its just fine to bat on. West Indies just bowling well.

20.5

Bravo to Clarke, 1 wide, walks way across his stumps to the off side, Bravo sees him and drags it in short, and umpire Asad Rauf spreads his arms

Slip comes to midwicket, Benn drops back from mid-off to long-off

20.5

Bravo to Clarke, 1 wide, another wide, this one sliding down leg stump, raises 50 in the 21st over

20.5

Bravo to Clarke, no run, shuffles across and on-drives, but Bravo reacts and saves a single

20.6

Bravo to Clarke, no run, nearly pops a return catch back to Bravo as this one stops on him, Clarke plays with one hand off the bat but the ball drops to the right of Bravo

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 50/3
MJ Clarke    17* (49b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    5-2-6-0
MEK Hussey    6* (35b)      DJG Sammy    2-0-6-0

21.1

Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, there's a single as the ball strays and Hussey nudges to square leg

21.2

Sammy to Clarke, no run, gentle stuff, no real movement, and he defends off the front foot

These two in no hurry to get on with things.

21.3

Sammy to Clarke, no run, gets forward, well outside his crease, and drives a slow ball to mid-off

21.4

Sammy to Clarke, 1 run, shuffles around and nudges a straighter one down to fine leg

21.5

Sammy to Hussey, no run, this one seams across and beats bat as he pokes at it away from his body, the most gentle bit of movement off the scrambled seam does the trick that time .. well, almost

21.6

Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, bit too full and Hussey comes forward to drive towards extra cover

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 53/3
MEK Hussey    8* (38b)      DJG Sammy    3-0-9-0
MJ Clarke    18* (52b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    5-2-6-0

22.1

Bravo to Hussey, no run, pushed across the stumps and he leaves it be

22.2

Bravo to Hussey, no run, fuller and wider and he again leaves it be for Browne

22.3

Bravo to Hussey, 2 runs, short and he pulls past midwicket, wanting two immediately

There's nothing wrong with the track, its just that there's some varied bounce.

22.4

Bravo to Hussey, 1 run, picks up one more, dabbing a wide one past backward point

22.5

Bravo to Clarke, no run, good length on middle and off, straightens, Clarke drives it back

22.6

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, eases onto the front foot, pushes a single to a sluggish Gayle at cover

Remember, these two are the experienced duo. After this its White, back in the ODI side after a while, Ronchi, on debut, and Hopes. They can all bat, but Clarke and Hussey are experienced.

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 57/3
MJ Clarke    19* (54b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    6-2-10-0
MEK Hussey    11* (42b)      DJG Sammy    3-0-9-0

23.1

Sammy to Clarke, 1 run, gets back and across and on-drives off the toes to Marshall at mid-on

23.2

Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, gets up and steers a short one past backward point for one more

23.3

Sammy to Clarke, 1 run, a bit too wide and now its Clarke's turn to dab the ball to third man

23.4

Sammy to Hussey, no run, good length ball on off stump, Hussey drops his head and defends

23.5

Sammy to Hussey, no run, gets forward and blocks this one out as well, in no hurry at all

23.6

Sammy to Hussey, no run, tidy stuff again, landing on middle and leg and watchfully patted back

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 60/3
MEK Hussey    12* (46b)      DJG Sammy    4-0-12-0
MJ Clarke    21* (56b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    6-2-10-0

24.1

Bravo to Clarke, no run, bounced in short and he misses out on the pull, pirouetting, plays too early

24.2

Bravo to Clarke, no run, fuller and straighter, bunted back but Bravo dives across to field

24.3

Bravo to Clarke, no run, well played, working the shorter one across the line, but to the fielder

24.4

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, swings in and he clips it nicely past midwicket to Taylor

Yes, this is untypical of Australia but Clarke and Hussey have settled into a defensive zone and they know they have to stick around for as long as possible. If they can get 220 on this track, that could be plenty. Scoring is a little tough.

24.5

Bravo to Hussey, 1 run, short, wide and crunched away off the back foot to deep point

24.6

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, fuller and straighter and he drives it towards mid-on to keep strike

So at the halfway mark Australia are 63 for 3.

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 63/3
MJ Clarke    23* (61b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    7-2-13-0
MEK Hussey    13* (47b)      DJG Sammy    4-0-12-0

25.1

Sammy to Clarke, no run, short and it sits up and he plays an uppercut, getting airborne, but the tennis-ball bounce defeats him

25.2

Sammy to Clarke, FOUR, a boundary .. bring out the drums! Clarke sashays down and thumps this one over Sammy to long-off ... thats been about 101 balls since the last four

Browne comes up to the stumps now

25.3

Sammy to Clarke, 1 run, short and wide and he gets across, cutting into the covers

25.4

Sammy to Hussey, no run, full on middle and off and he pushes the ball to cover

25.5

Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, no room to work with but he pushes this one to point, well done

25.6

Sammy to Clarke, no run, defends the last ball back to Sammy patiently

Its over to Brydon for a while now. Enjoy ...

End of over 26 (6 runs) Australia 69/3
MJ Clarke    28* (65b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    5-0-18-0
MEK Hussey    14* (49b)      DJ Bravo    7-2-13-0

Thanks Jamie, hope you've all managed to stay awake so far, now what will happen with Pollard to come on with his medium pace ...

26.1

Pollard to Hussey, no run, good start, he pitches it on line and it moves away off the pitch, beating Hussey's edge

26.2

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, outside off again, this time Hussey waits and guides it through the vacant slip region for a single

26.3

Pollard to Clarke, 1 run, a bit of bounce for Pollard, but at his pace Clarke has no problem pushing it away to off for a single

26.4

Pollard to Hussey, no run, defended away to cover

26.5

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey waits again and helps it on its way down to third man

26.6

Pollard to Clarke, 1 run, and now Clarke does the same thing, outside off and he angles the bat to guide it fine for an easy single

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 73/3
MJ Clarke    30* (67b 3x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-0
MEK Hussey    16* (53b)      DJG Sammy    5-0-18-0

Here's some spin now, let's see how Benn goes on this pitch

27.1

Benn to Clarke, no run, he's around the wicket with one slip, Clarke cuts to point

27.2

Benn to Clarke, no run, bit of turn now, past the outside edge, good bowling

27.3

Benn to Clarke, no run, Clarke pushes this one away to cover

27.4

Benn to Clarke, no run, Clarke forward now, smothers any spin and pushes back to the bowler

27.5

Benn to Clarke, no run, no real turn on this one, Benn tosses it up outside off and Clarke defends

27.6

Benn to Clarke, FOUR, and there's a big chance that's gone begging! Benn did get this one to turn, pitching outside off and spinning further away, Clarke tries to cut but gets an edge to first slip. Bravo has moved to his right and the ball went to his left, he didn't even get a hand on it, but really that should have been a comfortable catch, he just moved the wrong way

End of over 28 (4 runs) Australia 77/3
MJ Clarke    34* (73b 4x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-4-0
MEK Hussey    16* (53b)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-0

28.1

Pollard to Hussey, no run, defended away to point

28.2

Pollard to Hussey, FOUR, good shot, Hussey's first boundary as he seizes on a short one from the medium-pacer and pulls confidently forward of midwicket.

28.3

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, driven away to deep cover and there's an easy run

28.4

Pollard to Clarke, no run, pushed away defensively

28.5

Pollard to Clarke, 1 run, on off stump, good line and Clarke nudges it away forward of point

28.6

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, cut fine, there's more easy singles to third man

End of over 29 (7 runs) Australia 84/3
MEK Hussey    22* (57b 1x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-0
MJ Clarke    35* (75b 4x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-4-0

Benn over the wicket to Hussey

29.1

Benn to Hussey, no run, spins in to the stumps, Hussey defends

29.2

Benn to Hussey, no run, Hussey pushes away to cover and there's no run

29.3

Benn to Hussey, 5 wides, this one spins and bounces too much, it's darted down leg side and Browne can't glove it, the ball runs away to the boundary

29.3

Benn to Hussey, no run, Hussey leaves outside off

29.4

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, turns in towards off, Hussey tucks it away square

Around the wicket to Clarke

29.5

Benn to Clarke, 1 run, Benn curves this one in towards the stumps, Clarke uses his feet and drives down to long on

29.6

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, just a little spin, Hussey turns it to square leg and they scamper through for a tight single

End of over 30 (8 runs) Australia 92/3
MEK Hussey    24* (62b 1x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-12-0
MJ Clarke    36* (76b 4x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-0

Spin from both ends, Gayle around the wicket to Hussey

30.1

Gayle to Hussey, 1 run, darted in, Hussey pushes a quick single towards point

over the wicket to Clarke

30.2

Gayle to Clarke, 2 runs, tossed up a fraction, Clarke tries a big swat and edgily gets it away behind square, not where he intended

30.3

Gayle to Clarke, no run, flatter and wider outside off, Clarke cuts but there's a short third man who stops any run

30.4

Gayle to Clarke, no run, turns in to Clarke, who defends

30.5

Gayle to Clarke, 1 run, on the stumps, Clarke gets down for a paddle sweep that is collected at fine leg

30.6

Gayle to Hussey, no run, angled in to Hussey, who defends

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 96/3
MEK Hussey    25* (64b 1x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-4-0
MJ Clarke    39* (80b 4x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-12-0

31.1

Benn to Clarke, no run, straight ball, Clarke defends

31.2

Benn to Clarke, 1 run, pushed away to deep cover and there's an easy single

31.3

Benn to Hussey, no run, pitches around off stump and turns down leg, Hussey tries to glance and doesn't connect, then wonders why it wasn't called a wide, which is a good question

31.4

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, nudged away to point for a quick run

31.5

Benn to Clarke, no run, prods this one away to cover

31.6

Benn to Clarke, FOUR, and Clarke attacks now, Benn pitches wide of off, Clarke gets forward and sweeps along the ground through midwicket, a good safe shot that gets the scoreboard ticking over

And now it's drinks.

So Hussey and Clarke putting together a very useful partnership after the early wickets. Australia's batting order is deep, but White and Ronchi are sometimes a little hit-or-miss, not to mention that Ronchi is on debut, so not a bad plan to consolidate until, say, 40 overs then have a dip with wickets in hand.

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 102/3
MJ Clarke    44* (84b 5x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-18-0
MEK Hussey    26* (66b 1x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-4-0

32.1

Gayle to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to reverse sweep, doesn't connect and the ball strikes him on the pad, it was heading down leg though

32.2

Gayle to Hussey, no run, pushed away to leg

32.3

Gayle to Hussey, no run, defends on the front foot

32.4

Gayle to Hussey, 2 runs, this time Hussey's reverse sweep does work, he gets it fine for a couple

32.5

Gayle to Hussey, 1 run, pushed away for a quick single into the off side

32.6

Gayle to Clarke, FOUR, very good shot from Clarke, Gayle pushing them through a tad quickly and Clarke waits, then with very soft hands cuts it so fine that it would have gone between the keeper and first slip, not that there was a slip, and it runs away for four. Excellent thinking from Clarke

End of over 33 (7 runs) Australia 109/3
MJ Clarke    48* (85b 6x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-11-0
MEK Hussey    29* (71b 1x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-18-0

33.1

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, turns toward Hussey's pads now, he works it away through square leg

33.2

Benn to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke rocks back now and cuts square, Benn just a fraction too short that time

33.3

Benn to Hussey, no run, quite a bit of turn in towards Hussey, he tries to tuck it away fine but can't get a run

33.4

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, pushed out forward of point this time

33.5

Benn to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads, Clarke nudges an easy single to long on and that's his half-century

It's taken him 87 balls, so not his most entertaining innings but a really important one after Australia were 35 for 3

33.6

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, pushed away into the off side, easy runs for Australia here and West Indies just can't build up the pressure

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 114/3
MEK Hussey    32* (75b 1x4)      SJ Benn    4-0-23-0
MJ Clarke    50* (87b 6x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-11-0

Gayle bowling with his cap on now, that's not seen too often these days ...

34.1

Gayle to Hussey, no run, nudged away towards cover

34.2

Gayle to Hussey, no run, there's some turn, Hussey tries to sweep and can't connect

34.3

Gayle to Hussey, 1 run, spins it away from Hussey again, but no real drift from Gayle and Hussey works a run forward of point

34.4

Gayle to Clarke, 1 run, cut away to point and there's an easy single where there probably shouldn't have been one

34.5

Gayle to Hussey, 2 runs, guided away forward of point, they push through for two and West Indies are not switched on in the field here, that should have been kept to one

34.6

Gayle to Hussey, 1 wide, down leg side, Hussey can't get bat on ball and Asad Rauf, after a long while to make his decision, calls it wide

34.6

Gayle to Hussey, no run, another reverse sweep doesn't come off for Hussey, hit on the pads but Gayle's angle is taking it down leg side

End of over 35 (5 runs) Australia 119/3
MEK Hussey    35* (80b 1x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-16-0
MJ Clarke    51* (88b 6x4)      SJ Benn    4-0-23-0

35.1

Benn to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke uses his feet and gets to the pitch of the ball, clipping a run to long on

35.2

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey sweeps, beats Chanderpaul at square leg and gets a single into the deep

Taylor did the fielding in the deep, he's holding his left shoulder, which is causing him some trouble. He went off the field earlier because of it

35.3

Benn to Clarke, no run, pushed to cover

35.4

Benn to Clarke, no run, an appeal for lbw, Clarke tried to sweep but couldn't connect, the ball clearly spinning past off stump

35.5

Benn to Clarke, 1 run, another easy single, Clarke just finding the gaps so comfortably here

35.6

Benn to Hussey, no run, tossed up outside off, Hussey drives hard but straight to cover

End of over 36 (3 runs) Australia 122/3
MEK Hussey    36* (82b 1x4)      SJ Benn    5-0-26-0
MJ Clarke    53* (92b 6x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-16-0

So West Indies not really leaking runs here, perhaps dripping would be a better word. Gayle now hoping that Powell can change the mood

36.1

Powell to Clarke, 1 run, tip and run from Clarke, he nudges to cover and takes off immediately, Bravo's throw to the bowler's end missed but Clarke was home in any case

36.2

Powell to Hussey, 2 runs, slower ball, Hussey forward and driving through cover, Hussey pushes for two and puts the pressure on the man in the deep, a fumble lets them get back

36.3

Powell to Hussey, 1 run, pushed to midwicket for an easy run

36.4

Powell to Clarke, no run, Clarke prods defensively back down the pitch

36.5

Powell to Clarke, 1 run, angled in to the pads, Clarke clips it forward of square and despite another fumble in the deep from Bravo this time, they only get a single

36.6

Powell to Hussey, no run, short ball, not a bad one from Powell, Hussey shapes to hook and then lets it go

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 127/3
MEK Hussey    39* (85b 1x4)      DBL Powell    9-2-25-1
MJ Clarke    55* (95b 6x4)      SJ Benn    5-0-26-0

37.1

Benn to Clarke, no run, dropped! Clarke drives it back to Benn's left, he hurls the hand out in hope and it bounces out, really tough chance, those either stick or they don't.

37.2

Benn to Clarke, 1 run, cut away for a single

37.3

Benn to Hussey, no run, Hussey sweeps, can't beat the man behind square

37.4

Benn to Hussey, SIX, tossed up outside off, Hussey picks this one up early and sweeps with the turn, it flies over deep midwicket and bounces just over the rope, Pollard dives in the deep but he was never really near that one. First six of the innings

37.5

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, flatter this time from Benn, Hussey tucks a single square

37.6

Benn to Clarke, OUT, and Benn breaks through! He's coming around the wicket, sends in a quicker ball that pitches on off, Clarke is walking across and trying to clip through leg, he's struck in line and that was not spinning, probably taking leg stump

MJ Clarke lbw b Benn 56 (142m 98b 6x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

A valuable innings from Clarke comes to an end. Now here's Jamie Alter to take you through to the conclusion of this innings

End of over 38 (8 runs) Australia 135/4
     SJ Benn    6-0-34-1
MEK Hussey    46* (88b 1x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    9-2-25-1

Thanks Brydon, who signed off with a wicket last ball, Clarke out to an arm ball from Benn.

38.1

Powell to Hussey, 1 run, and he's nearly taken, but dropped by Bravo! Hussey pokes feebly at shortish one and the ball balloons up off the shoulder towards backward point but Bravo, diving forward, cannot hold on with his left hand .. he should have attempted it with two hands, so a chance goes down

38.2

Powell to White, no run, back of a length and he shoulders arms

38.3

Powell to White, no run, and again, ball comes back in and he leaves it be

38.4

Powell to White, 1 run, off the mark now, shuffling and tickling it to fine leg for one

38.5

Powell to Hussey, 1 run, comes forward and pushes into the covers

38.6

Powell to White, 1 run, comes in with the angle and he opens the face, steering to third man

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 139/4
CL White    2* (4b)      DBL Powell    10-2-29-1
MEK Hussey    48* (90b 1x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    6-0-34-1

39.1

Benn to White, no run, comes well forward and defends

39.2

Benn to White, no run, gets back and cuts but cannot beat the fielders

39.3

Benn to White, 2 runs, too straight and he gets down, paddling into the gap for a couple

39.4

Benn to White, no run, flat on middle and off, defended back towards Benn

39.5

Benn to White, no run, gets back and cuts but cannot beat the man at backward point

39.6

Benn to White, no run, cuts hard and the ball nearly flies to short third man

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 141/4
CL White    4* (10b)      SJ Benn    7-0-36-1
MEK Hussey    48* (90b 1x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    10-2-29-1

As we enter the last ten overs, its Taylor, from around the stumps to Hussey

40.1

Taylor to Hussey, 1 run, loosener, overpitched and he drives past cover, calling for two

40.2

Taylor to White, 1 run, straighter one, gets across and drives but mid-on comes around

40.3

Taylor to Hussey, no run, full and he reaches out, mistiming the drive into the covers

40.4

Taylor to Hussey, FOUR, streaky shot to bring up a hard-earned fifty, Hussey chasing one and edging smack past where a slip could have been, third man cannot get across and he gets a four

40.5

Taylor to Hussey, no run, edged but this one doesn't carry to the wicketkeeper, Taylor slipping in the slower, split-fingered ball which Hussey nibbles at, the ball drops a couple feet before Browne

40.6

Taylor to Hussey, 1 run, times this one better, guiding it into the gap at gully for one

End of over 41 (7 runs) Australia 148/4
MEK Hussey    54* (95b 2x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    7-2-25-2
CL White    5* (11b)      SJ Benn    7-0-36-1

41.1

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, Hussey walks across and turns it away

41.2

Benn to White, 1 run, flat and a tad full, White gets across and paddles past square leg

41.3

Benn to Hussey, no run, pushed in quicker, forcing Hussey to wait and dab it to short third man

41.4

Benn to Hussey, no run, again he gets back and pokes at it, this time with an inside-edge

41.5

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, waits to see if it spins, and it doesn't, so he plays it to midwicket

41.6

Benn to White, no run, some turn there, spinning back in and White cuts past the 'keeper

End of over 42 (3 runs) Australia 151/4
CL White    6* (13b)      SJ Benn    8-0-39-1
MEK Hussey    56* (99b 2x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    7-2-25-2

So Australia have gone past 150. There are eight overs remaining. They should target 220.

42.1

Taylor to Hussey, 1 run, dances down, mistiming the drive over mid-off and it drops safely in front of the fielder running in ... Hussey wants to get on with it now that he's got fifty

42.2

Taylor to White, no run, well bowled, as he sees White advancing, holds back the length and White can only turn it to midwicket

42.3

Taylor to White, 2 runs, well played, working the wrists to turn the slower and straighter ball past the man positioned at short fine leg, getting White a couple more

42.4

Taylor to White, no run, full on off stump, he plods forward and pats it back to the bowler

42.5

Taylor to White, no run, shorter in length and he's hurried into a back-foot punch to point

42.6

Taylor to White, 2 byes, changes of pace and White's onto the front foot and driving way too early, somehow the ball sneaks back as he withdraws a hand off the bat, but Browne sloppily fumbles and allows two byes

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 156/4
CL White    8* (18b)      JE Taylor    8-2-28-2
MEK Hussey    57* (100b 2x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    8-0-39-1

43.1

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, full and flat on the stumps, up goes the back leg as he clips to midwicket

43.2

Benn to White, no run, there's a big shot, as White sizes up midwicket, but fails to connect

43.3

Benn to White, FOUR, comes forward, waits, and crunches a wide one powerfully past cover

43.4

Benn to White, 1 run, quicker and flatter, on middle and off, and driven to midwicket

43.5

Benn to Hussey, 1 run, dances down, exposing his stumps, Benn follows him but Hussey drives in the air down to long-on

43.6

Benn to White, 2 runs, gets across and paddles from outside off down to fine leg for two

End of over 44 (9 runs) Australia 165/4
CL White    15* (22b 1x4)      SJ Benn    9-0-48-1
MEK Hussey    59* (102b 2x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    8-2-28-2

Gayle calls on Bravo with six overs to go. White has been shoring up the small boundaries.

44.1

Bravo to Hussey, 1 run, full on the stumps, he uses his feet and drives into the gap for one

44.2

Bravo to White, FOUR, poor ball, wrong line, low a full toss gift-wrapped on White's pads and he easily clips that down into the gap, beating the man running around from fine leg

44.3

Bravo to White, 2 runs, slower ball, but short and wide, he has to really wait on it and then gives it a hard thump out to the man at deep point sweeper

44.4

Bravo to White, 1 run, another low full toss as Bravo strives for a yorker but struggles, White comes out and hammers it out to deep cover this time

44.5

Bravo to Hussey, 2 runs, full outside leg stump and clipped out to Chanderpaul at deep midwicket

44.6

Bravo to Hussey, OUT, full on leg stump and a tiring Hussey can only chip that in the air down to long-on, where Marshall settles under an easy catch, ending a patient and crucial 62

MEK Hussey c Marshall b Bravo 62 (151m 105b 2x4 1x6) SR: 59.04

End of over 45 (10 runs) Australia 175/5
     DJ Bravo    8-2-23-1
CL White    22* (25b 2x4)      SJ Benn    9-0-48-1

That brings another pair of young legs to the crease. James Hopes, with success in the IPL.

45.1

Benn to Hopes, 2 runs, plays and edges first ball, playing against the turn and edging past Browne down towards third man

45.2

Benn to Hopes, FOUR, just too short and Hopes places that superbly past point and gully, sweeper is also too far in front so that races away to the boundary ropes

45.3

Benn to Hopes, no run, better stuff, turning and bouncing and beating his back-foot prod

45.4

Benn to Hopes, no run, looped up and dipping outside off, he gets struck outside the line of impact

45.5

Benn to Hopes, no run, flatter this time and Hopes drives it back to Benn

45.6

Benn to Hopes, no run, some more room but he can only thump that off the front foot to point

End of over 46 (6 runs) Australia 181/5
JR Hopes    6* (6b 1x4)      SJ Benn    10-0-54-1
CL White    22* (25b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    8-2-23-1

West Indies doing solidly in the death overs. Benn finished his spell with 1 for 54.

46.1

Bravo to White, no run, well bowled, a spot-on yorker on middle and off, slower too, has White jamming the bat down just in time and Bravo fields himself

46.2

Bravo to White, 1 run, not quite right this time and White clips off the pads to midwicket

Gayle moves himself from midwicket to deep square leg

46.3

Bravo to Hopes, 1 run, well done again, yorker on off stump, he jams bat down and the ball sneaks through this legs for a scampered single towards square leg

46.4

Bravo to White, 1 run, very full outside off stump and thats driven out to deep cover sweeper

Tidy over from Bravo, very crafty, offering no pace or width

46.5

Bravo to Hopes, 1 run, full on off stump and turned away off the front pad to deep midwicket

46.6

Bravo to White, 1 run, nearly a yorker but not quite, yet its only a driven single to mid-on

Superb example of how to bowl at the end of an ODI. Bravo hitting the right areas. Full, no room. Simple.

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 186/5
CL White    25* (29b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    9-2-28-1
JR Hopes    8* (8b 1x4)      SJ Benn    10-0-54-1

Taylor comes back, two overs in his spell remaining. There are 18 balls in all left.

47.1

Taylor to White, (no ball) 2 runs, poor stuff, a front-foot no-ball, and he gives White room to cut past point

So we have a free hit

47.1

Taylor to White, 2 runs, gives him more room, White cuts up and over point, not timed well and Pollard does well to run across in front of square and keep them to two

47.2

Taylor to White, FOUR, powerful shot, White makes room and muscles this very straight and a sliding long-on cannot get there, that shot came up because of the length Taylor bowled

47.3

Taylor to White, 1 run, good grief, Fletcher's dropped him at deep square leg! White went hooking a short ball, undone by the sluggish bounce, but Taylor is let down by his fielder, keeping his eyes on it but not settling himself and spilling a simple catch, in and out

47.4

Taylor to Hopes, 1 run, short again and this one's worked along the ground to Fletcher

47.5

Taylor to White, 1 run, onto the front foot, slashing through the covers for one

47.6

Taylor to Hopes, 1 run, short on the stumps and he pulls over the man at midwicket, the slowness of the track not allowing the ball to come on, and the sweeper runs in to field

End of over 48 (13 runs) Australia 199/5
JR Hopes    10* (10b 1x4)      JE Taylor    9-2-41-2
CL White    35* (34b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    9-2-28-1

Australia nearing 200. There are two overs to go. Bravo will bowl out his spell.

48.1

Bravo to Hopes, 1 run, makes room and skips down, Bravo knew he was coming and bowled it short and wide and Hopes swats it off the toe end of the bat down to mid-off

48.2

Bravo to White, 2 runs, full and down leg stump as he sees White moving about, well bowled, so thats a clipped couple more to the score out to deep fine leg

48.3

Bravo to White, 1 bye, slower ball, White swings with his eyes shut, fails to connect, and another silly fumble by Browne gives up a run ... he's had a poor day behind the stumps

48.4

Bravo to Hopes, no run, oh well done Bravo, following Hopes and honing a yorker into the pads, causing him to fall over onto his knees as the ball takes him out, excellent bowling

48.5

Bravo to Hopes, 2 runs, doesn't get it right this time and Hopes flicks two to deep fine leg

48.6

Bravo to Hopes, 2 runs, well done, nearly a yorker on leg stump, clipped in the air over midwicket

Another good over from Bravo, giving up eight in the penultimate over. One was Browne's fault, remember.

End of over 49 (8 runs) Australia 207/5
JR Hopes    15* (14b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    10-2-35-1
CL White    37* (36b 3x4)      JE Taylor    9-2-41-2

Last over coming up. Taylor will close it off.

49.1

Taylor to White, 1 run, in the blockhole, nearly, and White swings it down to long-on

49.2

Taylor to Hopes, 1 wide, drops in a bouncer with no pace on it at all, Hopes swats and misses and the umpire calls it wide as it misses his bat ... Taylor doesn't like the call, marginally above the head, but not enough to be called wide

49.2

Taylor to Hopes, 1 run, swings hard again, doesn't get it out of the screws, but one to midwicket

Taylor changes to around the stumps

49.3

Taylor to White, 1 run, full and right up there, White heaves it along the ground to midwicket

49.4

Taylor to Hopes, 1 run, slips out a loopy full toss which Hopes can't put away, flicked to the deep

49.5

Taylor to White, 1 run, another drop! White backs away and slices a slower ball to Gayle at extra cover, who leaps up full stretch and gets fingers to it, failing to latch on

49.6

Taylor to Hopes, no run, bouncer to end the over, Hopes backs away and flays at it, trying to uppercut it over gully but the ball beats him so Australia are kept to 213 for 5

13:30pm Australia lost early wickets, Clarke and Hussey then buckled down on a sluggish track to add exactly 100 in 29 overs. That sounds extremely dull yes, but with an inexperienced order to follow the senior duo opted to bat it out and keep wickets in hand. Both scored sapping half-centuries before West Indies struck back. White finished unbeaten on 40, unable to really smack the ball given the tennis-ball bounce. A score of 220 seemed the target, but they will have to settle for 213. I reckon we have a good contest on hand. Brydon and myself will be back for West Indies' chase, in about half an hour.

End of over 50 (6 runs) Australia 213/5
JR Hopes    17* (17b 1x4)      JE Taylor    10-2-47-2
CL White    40* (39b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    10-2-35-1
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