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232dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Watson and Hussey set up Australia win

Kieron Pollard raced to the fastest half-century by a West Indies player in a Twenty20 international as the hosts recovered from a slow start to post 150 for 7 in St Lucia

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
SR Watson
69(43) 5x4 - 6x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 49 runs
  • 1x4 - 6x6
0 0 2 15 0 0 19 33
MEK Hussey
59(45) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 21 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 9 15 7 4 9 9 6

Best performances - Bowlers

DT Christian
O3
M0
R27
W3
Eco9.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
B Lee
O4
M0
R30
W2
Eco7.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

West Indies , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.20, Interval 15.20-15.40, Second Session 15.40-17.00

Match days

27 March 2012 (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Alan Gardner

5.15pm: Time for the presentations ...

West Indies captain Darren Sammy: "We were looking for about 170 but the Australians bowled well and maybe outplayed us today. We have one more game in Barbados and hope to change things there. We might try to add some firepower to the bowling for the next game."

Australia's Shane Watson is the man of the match: "It's nice, good to be able to put a complete performance together. I was thinking 160-170 was a par score, it's a beautiful wicket and a pretty small boundary as well, so we thought 150 would be good to chase. One of Pollard's big hits chopped up the ball a little, so that helped us with reverse swing, so thanks big man ... With the bat, it's getting there, I'm definitely hitting the ball better now."

That, folks, is your lot. Join me for the second and deciding match on Friday. After all, what else will you have on? Cheerio

5.05pm: That was about as easy as a Jackson Five song for Australia. They take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, with standout performances from Shane Watson and Michael Hussey, as well as decent figures for Daniel Christian. West Indies look like they need a major rethink, particularly on quicker pitches like the Beausejour one. Not even another Godzilla-like rampage from Kieron Pollard could save them in this one.

18.1
4
Sammy to Bailey, FOUR runs, clubbed hard through midwicket for four - and that is that

END OF OVER:
18 | 8 Runs | AUS: 149/2 (2 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.27, RRR: 1.00)

  • Michael Hussey59 (45b)
  • George Bailey17 (16b)
  • Sunil Narine4-0-21-0
  • Dwayne Smith1-0-12-0
17.6
4
Narine to MEK Hussey, FOUR runs, length, spinning across Hussey, who expertly steers the ball fine down to the third man boundary - Australia are almost home, despite Narine's tidy figures
17.5
1
Narine to Bailey, 1 run, length, on the legs, Bailey sweeps hard and flat out to deep backward square
17.4
1
Narine to MEK Hussey, 1 run, flighted across the left-hander, nurdled behind point
17.3
1
Narine to Bailey, 1 run, shorter ball, pulled wide of long-on
17.2
0
Narine to Bailey, no run, tossed up on the wicket, blocked back to the bowler

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0SR WatsonDA Warner
2nd108MEK HusseySR Watson
3rd45MEK HusseyGJ Bailey