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Marlon Samuels Shines to Let West Indies Defeat Australia by 4 Wickets

June 14
16:34 2016

wiNew Delhi, Tuesday, 14 June – A victory for West Indies over Australia a day ago brought them back in action once again. To register a win on Australia is always special for the reason that they don’t lack the talent to do their bit on most of the occasions. The Caribbean side must have heaved a sigh of relief thanks to the taste of recent victory.

Triumph of the host over the travellers on Monday also added zing to several things in the ongoing tri-series where each participant is keen to outperform the challengers.  West Indies Playing XI comprised Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Sulieman Benn, Sunil Narine and Jerome Taylor. While Jonathan Carter, Shannon Gabriel and Ashley Nurse were in extras, watching each bit of the match from bench to learn more than a few things by observing others.

At the same time, team Australia included Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Josh Hazlewood. Those who were on bench for yesterday’s play were David Warner, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc. Seeing some star performers not performing in the fifth match took a number of viewers by surprise. West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and decided to bowl first, idea was to restrict the rivals from getting a good total, which can be attained when they come on the crease to chase it in 50 overs.

The audience at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts were set to see the live action as both teams been keen to pocket a win at a crucial time. Despite starting well against West Indies in the fifth ODI, tail-ender batsmen of the Australian team succumbed easily to pressure making it to accumulate 265 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs. Aaron Finch was out for a duck in the first over of Holder, making West Indies get elated. But Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith’s stand of 170 runs changed the story to a certain extent for them. West Indies got their second success in terms of wicket in 34.1 overs when Australian skipper gave his catch to the bowler Brathwaite while playing at an individual total of 74 off 95 balls. His innings included five 4s and a couple of sixes.

The opener Khawaja was a tad unfortunate to lose his wicket at 98 runs as Jerome Taylor and A Fletcher were quick in collecting the ball to let it hit the stumps. The 29-year-old a Pakistani-born Australian cricketer was run out and fell two runs short to complete a century. However, his impressive innings comprised four 4s and three biggies. Contributions from George Bailey were of huge significance as well since he played a knock of 55 runs facing 56 deliveries with the help a four a two sixes. He made sure to be on the crease till last, lending a hand to the lower order to not let any pressure build on them. However, wickets fell from this point of time as Mitchell Marsh was dismissed by Brathwaite after scoring 16 runs off 16 balls, including a couple of boundaries.

Travis Head succumbed to Pollard at a score of 1. Australian wicket keeper batsman Matthew Wade struck a four boosting a thought to stay there for long but Holder showed him the way back to the dressing room at 5 runs. Wickets were lost quickly by Australia in the death overs. Pollard ended stint of Bailey as well in final over. James Faulkner was not out at 4 runs while Nathan Coulter-Nile at a single. In spite of the fact that West Indies players did not play bigger innings except Marlon Samuels, there was a comfort in getting close to the target thanks to the reality that it was clear in mind to contribute as much as possible and give no room to Australians feel any ease in gaining grip in the match.

The opening batsman Andre Fletcher was dismissed by Faulkner but 27 runs from him came in 27 balls, together with three 4s and two sixes.  Johnson Charles was given leg before wicket by the umpire when he was a couple of runs away to get a fifty. His innings came in 38 balls due to five brilliant boundaries, a six, some singles and twos. Darren Bravo fell short to Zampa when playing at a score of 39 (4 x 3 and 6 x 1). Marlon Samuels was run out by Wade at a score of 92. Eight 4s and four sixes made him get this total in a short span of time. Here is to mention that he set the foundation for West Indies victory with his outstanding play.

Denesh Ramdin, the wicket keeper, was out by Coulter-Nile at 29 runs (4 x 1 and 6 x 1). When West Indies captain Holder was dismissed by Coulter-Nile at a zero, West Indies were just a few runs away from the total scored by Australia. Kieron Pollard was not out at 16 runs (4 x and 6 x 1) and Carlos Brathwaite at 3 runs when West Indies won the match in 45.4 overs, losing six wickets. In the mandatory powerplay, the host scored 74 runs while Australia just 40 runs. Player of the Match award went to Marlon Samuels.

If truth be told then the Tri-Series going on in West Indies is getting interesting as soon as each scheduled match is played. So far, out of five matches, two are won by Australian team, two by West Indies and one by South Africa. But yes, a few thinks are likely to change on the points table after 6th match, which is to be played between West Indies and South Africa at the same venue as it was a day ago. The travellers got to perform now for sure as the host is slowly getting on a safer side that has been made possible with latest win on the Aussies. In case, the Caribbean are defeated at the hands of Proteas, they will have chance to think of a rise further. That will not be a problem too as a result of familiarity with pitch conditions and weather as well.

Australia have now lost one-one match each at the hands of West Indies and South Africa but are likely to bounce back in a little while. Each team is eager to carry on winning in the future matches to stay at the top of points table. Among the three participants, Australia are yet ranking up with 9 points with two defeats and two wins in pocket; West Indies are at second spot with 8 points, while Proteas are at the bottom with five points. To book a berth in the Grand Finale of the tournament and lift the winner’s trophy in the end, best foot is to be put forward. To see ups and downs in the chart, the viewers need to wait a bit more. Preparations to host the match are in progress. Mood of the pitch will help a team to shine and another to end up thinking where efforts were lacked that victory was missed by an inch.

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