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2nd ODI (D/N), Bridgetown, Jul 22 - 24 2021, Australia tour of West Indies
(38/50 ov, target 188)191/6
West Indies won by 4 wickets (with 72 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
59* (75)
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• Andrew McGlashan

Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder earn West Indies series-leveling victory

Australia slumped to 45 for 6 with Akeal Hosein taking three quick wickets

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Comms: Peter Della Penna
Scorecard summary
Australia187/10(47.1 overs)
Wes Agar41 (36)
Adam Zampa36 (62)
West Indies191/6(38 overs)
end of over 3816 runs
WI: 191/6CRR: 5.02 
Alzarri Joseph5 (10)
Nicholas Pooran59 (75)
Ashton Turner 6-0-37-1
Mitchell Starc 10-1-26-3

9.49 pm Solid chase by the hosts to claim 10 points in World Cup Qualifying on what was a very tricky wicket. Australia only have themselves to blame with some extremely sloppy fielding. Pooran was dropped twice, including the first time on 26 with the score 123 for 5 on a straightforward chance at mid-off into the lap of Moises Henriques. Pooran and Holder parlayed that extra life into a 93-run partnership and the pressure eased on the very next ball which Pooran smoked to the rope to rub salt into the wound. Pooran ends unbeaten.

Pooran is named Man of the Match for his eighth ODI half-century: "I want to dedicate this to my wife. This is my first half-century since I got married so this is for her. For me it was just about building a partnership and fighting with Jason. We just had to find a way and fight. I was just backing my strengths and wanted to hit the gaps as hard as possible. I work day in and day out, try a lot of things in the nets just to get better each day. I have goals I want to accomplish and I can only do that by working hard. All the bowlers bowled fantastic today up front. Well done to them. I just felt like we allowed them to get too much runs and we gave them a chance in the game. That's something as a group we won't tolerate. The body language in the field dropped. That's something we don't like."

Australia captain Alex Carey: "Obviously it doesn't help when you're 5 for not a lot. Wade and the bowlers did a great job to get us to a total and we were back in the game. We took some early wickets again and the belief was there. We created opportunities and we were in the game in the back end. Unfortunately we couldn't quite close it out and it proved we were 20 or 30 short. I think both teams tonight, spin is a threat on these type of wickets. I think the way Matt Wade and Starc combatted that, Adam Zampa had a plan against them. I suppose with the newer ball it might spin and bounce a bit more so we need to get through those first overs against the spinners. A great effort again to get to 190 and we were definitely in the game. I thought the bowlers did a fantastic job. At five down, we had an opportunity to crack it open again. We definitely created enough to stay in the game. Bring on game three. The batting group has a bit to prove to get a good score on the board for our quicks but our quicks and spinners are doing a great job."

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard: "It's pleasing to win. Obviously when you start a cricket match you want to win, but to say I'm overall pleased with our performance throughout the entire game, I think we have some work to do. Having Australia [45 for 6] and they getting 190, I thought we didn't put our foot on the X. They getting to 190, we gave them an opportunity to come into the game. Our batters didn't make it easy as well. It seems like we don't like to do things the easy way. The spinners were fantastic. Hosein coming up trumps again, Walshy hard work continues to pay off. The start that we got, getting a couple wickets early was fantastic by the bowlers. But as I said, 180-190 I think is a bit disappointing on our part to be totally honest. Australia have world-class bowlers. What was good this time around was the fight by the guys, Nicholas Pooran getting that half-century and Jason Holder as well. Pooran has been looking like his old self again. He was a bit scratchy tonight but sometimes that's what you need in a game like this. You want someone to scrap and I think they both scrapped well for us to come through for a victory. It's a Catch-22 situation with [Jason Mohammed]. Obviously Jason is playing a role where if you lose a couple wickets, you want him to bat long. From a Super50 perspective he has done well. Chase normally does that for us. When you look at the makeup of our team and me coming back not being able to bowl, he gives us that sixth bowling option. We will look at it as a team and come up with our best combination to play this third game."

West Indies move past Ireland up into a tie with Pakistan for fifth place on the Super League points table at 40 points. Pakistan have played one more match than West Indies. Australia remain in third place on 50 points, 30 points behind Bangladesh who have played 12 matches to Australia's 8 games. Come back on Monday for the series finale between these two sides. That's all for now. For Andrew McGlashan, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!

37.6
4
Turner to Joseph, FOUR runs

almighty heave ends the match in style! Joseph slams a full ball from fourth stump high and deep over midwicket bouncing into the rope. West Indies clinch a four-wicket win with 12 overs to spare. They claim 10 very significant points on the World Cup Qualifying Super League points table. The speed of the win too is significant as they'll get a healthy net run rate bump too.

37.6
5w
Turner to Joseph, 5 wide

good length ball spins past leg stump, Joseph's legs, and Carey's gloves. Splits leg slip too and keeps spinning away to the rope for five extras. Scores level.

37.5
1
Turner to Pooran, 1 run

full on fourth stump, drives in the air just short of Agar on the long-off rope for one.

37.4
Turner to Pooran, no run

fuller length on fourth stump, goes back to defend.

37.3
Turner to Pooran, no run

good length ball on middle, goes back to defend.

37.2
Turner to Pooran, no run

good length ball on fourth stump, goes back to defend.

37.1
6
Turner to Pooran, SIX runs

top-class! Floats this up too full on fifth stump, Pooran winds up and frees the arms to send this high over the extra cover rope, landing just wide of a palm tree.

end of over 373 runs
WI: 175/6CRR: 4.72 RRR: 1.00 • Need 13 from 13 overs
Alzarri Joseph1 (9)
Nicholas Pooran52 (70)
Mitchell Starc 10-1-26-3
Ashton Turner 5-0-21-1

Ends his spell with 3 for 26. Magnificent with the new ball but looks like it'll be in vain.

36.6
Starc to Joseph, no run

off stump yorker at 147 kph, Joseph blocks it out with aplomb. Starc shakes his head in frustration.

36.5
1
Starc to Pooran, 1 run

fullish length ball on sixth stump at 142 kph, Pooran pushes at this with hard hands and is in front of the shot, he shovels this perilously close to extra cover but it just clears him landing wide of mid-off for one. Cries of "Catch!" go in vain.

36.4
1
Starc to Joseph, 1 run

bouncer on the body at 141 kph, Joseph fights this off awkwardly producing a top edge over square leg landing in no man's land for one.

36.3
Starc to Joseph, no run

yorker on middle stump, jammed out back to Starc.

36.2
Starc to Joseph, no run

wide yorker on fifth stump at 143 kph skims past Joseph's edge trying to jam it out.

36.1
1
Starc to Pooran, 1 run

good length ball on the stumps, clipped through square leg for one.

end of over 367 runs
WI: 172/6CRR: 4.77 RRR: 1.14 • Need 16 from 14 overs
Alzarri Joseph0 (5)
Nicholas Pooran50 (68)
Ashton Turner 5-0-21-1
Mitchell Starc 9-1-23-3
35.6
Turner to Joseph, no run

good length ball on the legs, defended.

35.5
Turner to Joseph, no run

good length ball on off, punched to mid-off.

35.4
1
Turner to Pooran, 1 run

dropped at slip! short on fourth stump, rocks back to cut and is cramped for room, thick edge goes to the right hand of Wade at slip. He was poorly balanced and falling over expecting the ball to come much hotter off the bat than it did. He stumbles clumsily to the ground as the ball continues off his hands behind Carey to allow Pooran a single to bring up his fifty. He was dropped at mid-off by Henriques off a straightforward chance on 26 as well. Wade made that last chance at slip look much harder than it was. He moved too early falling left and the ball went to his right hand.

35.3
Turner to Pooran, no run

good length ball on off, goes back to defend.

35.2
6
Turner to Pooran, SIX runs

flighted full on fifth stump, Pooran attacks with a powerful drive on one knee and clocks it high and handsome over the long-off rope, clanging into the sightscreen.

35.1
Turner to Pooran, no run

good length ball on fifth stump bowled wide of the crease, spins sharply to straighten and beat Pooran's cut.

end of over 352 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 165/6CRR: 4.71 RRR: 1.53 • Need 23 from 15 overs
Alzarri Joseph0 (3)
Nicholas Pooran43 (64)
Mitchell Starc 9-1-23-3
Ashton Turner 4-0-14-1
34.6
Starc to Joseph, no run

good length ball on off stump at 147 kph, defended confidently as Joseph shuffles in line.

Best performances - batters
Nicholas Pooran portrait
N Pooran WI
59 runs (75)
2 fours
2 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
cover drive
20 runs
1 four
1 six
2345921321
Jason Holder
JO Holder WI
52 runs (69)
5 fours
1 six
Control75%
Productive shot
pull
18 runs
2 fours
1 six
1041525196
Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell Starc
MA Starc AUS
O
10
M
1
R
26
W
3
ECO
2.6
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Akeal Hosein, player portrait
AJ Hosein WI
O
10
M
0
R
30
W
3
ECO
3
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of West IndiesICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberODI no. 4311
Match days22,23,24 July 2021 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith
Umpires
West Indies Image
Joel Wilson
West Indies Image
Nigel Duguid
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Gregory Brathwaite
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Leslie Reifer
Match Referee
West Indies Image
Richie Richardson
PointsWest Indies 10, Australia 0
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