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Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM
West Indies' captain Darren Sammy reacts with frustration at the end of the third one-day international cricket match against Australia in Kingstown, St Vincent, yesterday. The match ended in a tie. - AP

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (AP):

The West Indies and Australia played out a thrilling last-over tie yesterday in the third one-day international at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

The hosts, chasing 221 to win, were bowled out for 220 off the fourth ball of the final over when captain Darren Sammy was run out after a mix-up with last man Kemar Roach.

"I won't lay blame on anybody," Sammy said. "I think that we played a fantastic game. I'm just disappointed that as a team we didn't manage to push through in that final over."

Opener Johnson Charles led the West Indies' chase with a top score of 45, while all-rounders Andre Russell (37), Kieron Pollard (36) and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr (33) revived the chase after the middle order faltered.

Australia captain Shane Watson took 3-30 with his seamers, while left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty (2-30) and Clint McKay (2-50) claimed crucial wickets.

Earlier, Michael Hussey (67) and George Bailey (59) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 112 that anchored the visitors' 220 all out off 49.5 overs. Opener David Warner chipped in with 37.

Sunil Narine claimed 3-32, while fellow off-spinner Marlon Samuels took 2-39 and pacer Kemar Roach 2-42.

West Indies captain Sammy said he was happy with the resilience his side showed after they had slipped to 78-5.

"We kept on believing while we kept losing wickets," he said. "The way everybody played down to number 11 showed the belief of the team."

Australia's top scorer Michael Hussey had mixed feelings about the result, which leaves the series delicately poised at 1-1 heading into the final two matches in St Lucia.

"When they needed one off only two or three balls to go, it sort of seems like a bit of a win at the end," he said. "I don't know how to feel really. It's a bit of a strange one.

"I felt like we should have won and then, to hang on to the tie at the end is a good result for us."

Good showing from wi

The West Indies' pursuit got off to a sound start from Charles and Kieran Powell, who added 27 in seven overs before Powell fell to a clever change of pace from Doherty, beaten and stumped.

Watson tightened Australia's grip with two wickets in one over to remove Samuels and Darren Bravo, and when Watson claimed Charles five short of a maiden half-century and Dwayne Bravo edged Doherty to the wicketkeeper, Australia were well on top at 78-5 in the 21st over.

But the West Indies, buoyed by a capacity crowd of 11,000, fought back.

Baugh forged crucial partnerships with the more aggressive Pollard and Russell. He and Pollard added 39 for the sixth wicket before Pollard's aggression got the better of him and he holed out off Nathan Lyon.

Baugh and Russell were even more productive in adding 64.

McKay returned to claim Russell and Baugh to tilt the balance back to Australia at 190-8 and 31 needed from 31 balls, but captain Darren Sammy and tail-enders Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach provided spirited resistance.

Narine struck two fours, but he fell to Brett Lee with 16 still needed from 20 balls.

Roach and Sammy nudged their team towards the finish, Sammy lashing Lee for a four wide of mid-on to tie the scores with three balls left.

But the jumping crowd was soon silenced when Sammy drove straight to backward point and froze while Roach sprinted for a single.

George Bailey lobbed to Lee to complete an easy run-out and the match was tied, the third between these countries in 128 one-dayers between the teams.

Earlier, Australia lost early wickets after opting to bat first. Watson was run out for 10 by Andre Russell's fantastic pick-up and direct hit from mid-on at 34-1.

Wade fell cheaply after being promoted to No. 3, bowled by Narine behind his back. When David Warner, who hit six fours in 37, slapped Darren Sammy to backward point, the hosts were on top at 58-3.

But Hussey, the eventual Man of the Match, and Bailey revived the visitors in a level-headed association. Left-hander Hussey was first to his 50, off 76 balls, followed next by Bailey, who took 81 deliveries.

Hussey's dismissal by Samuels sparked a late collapse which saw five wickets tumble for six runs. Daniel Christian hit a late six in 12 off 14 balls, but Australia, well placed at 170-3 in the 40th over, subsided to 220 all out.

The five-match series now moves to St Lucia, where the fourth match will take place on Friday.



S Watson run out 10
D Warner c Pollard b Sammy 37
+M Wade b Narine 2
G Bailey c DJ Bravo b Samuels 59
M Hussey st Baugh b Samuels 67
D Hussey b Roach 15
D Christian lbw b Narine 12
B Lee b Roach 0
C McKay c wkp Baugh b Narine 0
X Doherty run out 0
N Lyon not out 4
Extras (b4, lb6, w3, nb1) 14
TOTAL (all out, 49.5 overs) 220

Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Watson, 6.1 overs), 2-38 (Wade, 10), 3-58 (Warner, 14.2), 4-170 (Bailey, 39.5), 5-202 (M Hussey, 45.4), 6-202 (D Hussey, 46.1), 7-203 (Lee, 46.2), 8-208 (McKay, 47.4), 9-208 (Doherty, 48.1), 10-220 (Christian, 49.5).

Bowling: Roach 10-0-42-2, DJ Bravo 8-1-30-0, Narine 9.5-1-32-3, Sammy 5-0-27-1, Russell 5-0-28-0, Samuels 9-0-39-2, Pollard 3-0-12-0.


K Powell st Wade b Doherty 12
J Charles c Christian b Watson 45
M Samuels lbw b Watson 2
DM Bravo c Bailey b Watson 0
DJ Bravo c wkp Wade b Doherty 13
K Pollard c Doherty b Lyon 36
+C Baugh c Christian b McKay 33
A Russell c wkp Wade b McKay 37
D Sammy run out 10
S Narine c D Hussey b Lee 10
K Roach not out 9
Extras (b1, lb5, w6, nb1) 13
TOTAL (all out; 49.4 overs) 220

Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Powell, 6.6 overs), 2-52 (Samuels, 13.2), 3-52 (DM Bravo, 13.5), 4-72 (Charles, 17.2), 5-78 (DJ Bravo, 21), 6-117 (Pollard, 28.4), 7-181 (Russell, 42.3), 8-190 (Baugh, 44.5), 9-204 (Narine, 47.2), 10-220 (Sammy, 49.4).

Bowling: Lee 9.4-1-52-1, McKay 10-1-50-2, Doherty 10-2-30-2, Watson 10-4-30-3, Lyon 8-2-41-1, Christian 2-0-11-0.

Result: Match tied.

Series: Five-match series tied 1-1.

Man of the Match: Mike Hussey.

Toss: Australia.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Peter Nero

TV Umpire: Shavir Tarapore (India).