Darren Bravo made the highest score of his limited-overs career on his 24th birthday, but ended on the losing side as the West Indies went under to Australia in the high-scoring third one-day international yesterday.
The classy left-hander was moved up to the number three position in the batting order and made 86 off 96 balls to keep the Windies in the game until the very end, before they were bowled out for 290 off 47.3 overs - 39 runs short of Australia's 329-seven off 50 overs.
Bravo added a superb third-wicket stand of 114 with his older brother Dwayne, who made 51 off 50 balls on a good pitch at the Manuka Oval. Opener Kieran Powell was again positive at the top of the order with 47 off 49 balls, while at the end Andre Russell hit 43 off 31 balls to maintain the run chase.
Earlier, opener Shane Watson signalled a return to full fitness by lashing a seamless 122. Left-hander Phil Hughes stroked an attractive 86, while George Bailey hammered a cameo 44 down the order and opener Aaron Finch, 38.
THIRD SERIES DEFEAT
Captain and medium pacer Darren Sammy (2-49) and off-spinner Sunil Narine (2-55) picked up two wickets apiece.
The result was the West Indies' third defeat of the series, giving the home side an unassailable 3-0 lead. The final two matches will both be day/nighters at the Sydney Cricket Ground tomorrow and the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
"I thought Dwayne and myself played pretty well, we had a decent partnership. However, we needed to bat a bit longer, obviously spending more time in the middle. As a team we showed great character tonight. Chasing 300-plus runs was going to be difficult, but we stayed in the game up until the very end," Bravo said.
"I believe we can keep our heads high. From the start we felt we had a good chance of winning. Knowing (the power) we have at the back-end with the likes of Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and the captain Darren Sammy, we felt once we got the right kind of start we could set up the game."
Yesterday's knock was the eighth half-century of Bravo's career and equalled the 86 he made against India at Sabina Park, Jamaica back in June, 2011.
During the Australia innings, Kieron Pollard held a record four catches, including an amazing one-handed jumping catch on the deep midwicket boundary. Bravo said it was one of the best catches he has ever seen.
"He is tremendous in the field and what he did was simply amazing. He has set the standards very high and he is someone we look at out in the field. He is a very hard worker and for a big man he moves around very quickly," Bravo added. "He is someone we try to emulate when we are out in the outfield. He is exceptional in the field."
The two teams travel to Sydney for the fourth ODI which will be played on Friday. First ball is 2:20 p.m. (10:20 p.m. Thursday Jamaica Time).
"It is very important for us to bounce back and play with pride in those two matches. We don't want to come here and lose 5-0 so there is still a lot to do. We are going to go back to the drawing board and look to understand where we went wrong and get it right."
- WICB Media
|S Watson c Pollard b Roach||122|
|A Finch c wkp Thomas b Sammy||38|
|P Hughes c wkp Thomas b Sammy||86|
|M Clarke c & b Pollard||15|
|G Bailey c Pollard b Narine||44|
|G Maxwell c Pollard b Narine||4|
|+M Wade not out||4|
|J Faulkner b DJ Bravo||2|
|M Johnson not out||8|
|Extras (b1, w3, nb2)||6|
|TOTAL (7 wkts; 50 overs)||329|
Did not bat: M Starc, C McKay
Fall of wickets: 1-89 (Finch, 15.3 overs), 2-201 (Watson, 33.5), 3-242 (Clarke, 40.4), 4-284 (Hughes, 45.4), 5-299 (Maxwell, 46.4), 6-317 (Bailey, 48.2), 7-321 (Faulkner, 49.1)
Bowling: Roach 9-1-72-1 (w1), Russell 5-0-41-1, Sammy 8-0-49-2 (nb2), DJ Bravo7-0-39-1, Narine 10-0-55-2 (w1), Gayle 5-0-36-0 (w1), Pollard 6-0-36-1
|K Powell c wkp Wade b Maxwell||47|
|+D Thomas c Hughes b McKay||19|
|DM Bravo b Faulkner||86|
|DJ Bravo b Starc||51|
|C Gayle b Faulkner||2|
|K Pollard run out||9|
|A Russell c wkp Wade b McKay||43|
|R Sarwan b Johnson||12|
|D Sammy b Faulkner||8|
|S Narine b Faulkner||1|
|K Roach not out||1|
|Extras (lb4, w6, nb1)||11|
|TOTAL (all out; 47.3 overs)||290|
Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Thomas, 8.4 overs), 2-81 (Powell, 16.4), 3-195 (DJ Bravo, 35), 4-214 (Gayle, 37.1), 5-215 (DM Bravo, 37.4), 6-234 (Pollard, 40.1), 7-264 (Sarwan, 44.1), 8-281 (Russell, 46), 9-289 (Narine, 47.1), 10-290 (Sammy, 47.3)
Bowling: McKay 10-1-62-2, Starc 7-0-50-1 (w1, nb1), Johnson 9-1-59-1 (w1), Faulkner 8.3-1-48-4, Maxwell 10-0-44-1 (w2), Clarke 3-0-23-0 (w2)
Man of the Match: Shane Watson
Umpires: Asad Rauf, Simon Fry
TV umpire: Nigel Llong