West Indies 282/8 (50.0 ov)
Once again Australia has proved why they are the champion of One Day International Cricket.
Set a formidable total of 282 runs by the Windies, Australia chased the total and at the end came out winners scoring 283 for 4 wickets.
West Indies competitive total was largely due to a century from Marlon Samuels (125 off 134) and 91 from Dinesh Ramdin.
However, their effort came to naught as Australia winning response was setup by fantastic innings’ from both captain Steve Smith (78 off 107) and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh (79 off 85) but when Smith ran himself out in the 42nd over, his replacement Glenn Maxwell went into overdrive scored 46 off just 26 balls, thus ensuring his team would not be found wanting.
The win means that the men from down under are through to the final, while West Indies will now have to wrestle with South Africa on Friday to see who will come out on top to meet the Aussies in the final of the tri-nation series competition.
Australia’s captain Steven Smith in his post-match comment reckoned that the West Indies played a pretty good game and noted that 280 was par.
“They fought back well after being reduced to 3 for 30. Samuels and Ramdin’s stand was a good one, but I thought we pulled it back well. We didn’t hit our areas as well as we would have liked. We started well, but the middle overs weren’t good. Hopefully, we can do that on Sunday. It was going to be a tough chase, but the wicket played well. Mitchell Marsh played a mature innings, while Maxwell finished it off with his trademark reverse slogs. We like playing good, hard cricket as long as we cross the line,” said Smith after the game.
On the other hand, a disappointed West Indies captain Jason Holder pointed to the team’s confidence at the halfway mark and praised Marlon Samuels for the way he played.
“His partnership with Denesh Ramdin set things up for us,” Holder noted.
He also said he strained his left hamstring during the game and therefore was forced to leave the field for a while.
Holder expressed doubt on whether he will be fit and ready for the next game.
On another note, he said “We felt we were in the game right till the end. I thought Fletcher slipped in three tight overs. In hindsight, maybe he could have bowled two more. We created a few chances, which didn’t go our way today. It’s important to regroup going into our last game,” said Holder.
“South Africa aren’t No. 2 for nothing. They’ve done well so far,” he added.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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