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16 April 2024

West Indies beat Australia by 27 runs

Australian players congratulate Josh Hazelwood (C) after he dismissed West Indies batsman Chris Gayle during their international T20 cricket match at the Gabba cricket ground in Brisbane on February 13, 2013. (AFP )



The West Indies ended their disappointing tour of Australia with a morale-boosting 27-run win over Australia in a one-off T20 international on Wednesday.

After losing all five one-day internationals and a warm-up game against the Prime Minister's XI, the T20 world champions cruised to an easy win against a below-strength home side.

The West Indies romped to 191 for six in their 20 overs, then restricted Australia to 164 for eight on a perfect batting strip.

Australia, whose five-man pace attack was badly exposed by the West Indies batsmen, started brilliantly.

But they were reined in by the off-spin of Sunil Narine and the run outs of Sean Marsh (21) and Adam Voges (51) when both were in full flight.

Voges and Marsh put on 74 at better than a run a ball until they were run out within three runs of each other.

Narine, who finished with 2-19 from his four overs, then chipped in with the key wicket of Australian skipper George Bailey (15) to put the hosts under intense pressure.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (22) and debutant Ben Rohrer (16) threatened briefly, but the asking rate was too much and the innings fell away towards the end.

Earlier West Indies opener Johnson Charles scored a blistering 57 off just 35 balls as the visitors dominated the Australian attack.

Charles took control after fellow opener Chris Gayle (8) failed once again, and hit seven fours and a six in a sparkling innings.

Any thoughts Australia had of keeping the West Indies under control after Gayle's early departure were soon ended by a brilliant partnership between Charles and Darren Bravo.

They added 88 in quick time before Charles played on to Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Bravo followed soon after when he was run out for 32 following a dreadful mix-up with Kieron Pollard, which left both batsmen stranded at the non-striker's end.

Pollard was looking dangerous until he miscued a drive off Faulkner and holed out to Marsh at long on for 26, with Dwayne Bravo (13) clean bowled two balls later.

But Darren Sammy (20) and Andre Russell (23 not out) took the Australian attack apart, smashing 35 runs off the last two overs.

Left-armer James Faulkner was the pick of the attack, with 3-28 from his four overs, but the other four seamers were all expensive on a flat batting track.




West Indies

C. Gayle c Coulter-Nile b Hazlewood      8

J. Charles b Coulter-Nile               57

Darren Bravo run out                    32

K. Pollard c Marsh b Faulkner           26

Dwayne Bravo b Faulkner                 13

A. Russell not out                      23

D. Sammy c Marsh b Faulkner             20

N. Deonarine not out                     6

Extras (lb4, w2)                         6

Total (6 wkts, 20 overs)               191

Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Gayle), 2-99 (Charles), 3-106 (Darren Bravo), 4-139 (Pollard), 5-141 (Dwayne Bravo), 6-172 (Sammy)

Bowling: McKay 4-0-44-0, Hazlewood 4-0-36-1, Faulkner 4-0-28-3 (1w), Coulter-Nile 4-0-36-1 (1w), Cutting 4-0-43-0



A. Finch b Sammy                         4

S. Marsh run out                        21

A. Voges run out                        51

G. Bailey c Deonarine b Narine          15

B. Rohrer c Deonarine b Pollard         16

B. Haddin c Russell b Pollard           22

J. Faulkner c Sammy b Pollard            7

B. Cutting st Thomas b Narine            0

N. Coulter-Nile not out                 16

C. McKay not out                         6

Extras (b1, lb2, w3)                     6

Total (8 wickets, 20 overs)            164

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Finch), 2-79 (Marsh), 3-82 (Voges), 4-96 (Bailey), 5-121 (Haddin), 6-139 (Faulkner), 7-139 (Rohrer), 8-141 (Cutting)

Bowling: Best 3-0-19-0 (2w), Sammy 3-0-30-1 (1w), Narine 4-0-19-2, Russell 1-0-9-0, Deonarine 3-0-37-0, Dwayne Bravo 2-0-17-0, Pollard 4-0-30-3

West Indies win by 27 runs

Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), John Ward (AUS)

TV Umpire: Simon Fry (AUS)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)