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Pollard blast ends WI’s six-year itch

West Indies beat Australia by five wickets to record their first one-day international win over their old rivals since 2006 and tie their five match series at 1-1. Scorecard

cricket Updated: Mar 19, 2012 23:14 IST
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Big-hitting Kieron Pollard blasted a typically muscular 47 as West Indies clinched their first win in six years over Australia when they took the second one-dayer by five wickets on Sunday.

In a match reduced to 40 overs a side because of rain, Australia struggled to 154 for nine under cloudy conditions with West Indies reaching their Duckworth-Lewis target of 158 with 10 balls remaining.

Pollard top-scored with 47, an innings which featured four huge sixes, one of which, off spinner Xavier Doherty, cleared the Arnos Vale stands and ended on the runway of the neighbouring St Vincent airport.

Carlton Baugh had the honour of hitting the winning runs, another six of the hapless Doherty which flew over midwicket as the home side finished on 163 for five.

Dwyane Bravo also played a crucial role, making 30 in a fifth-wicket partnership of 64 with Pollard which swung the game the West Indies' way after they had lost opener Kieran Powell.

Australia won the first game at the same venue on Friday by 64 runs, their 15th win in their last 16 ODIs against West Indies, a run stretching back to the 2006 Champions Trophy in India.

West Indies, who suffered an embarrassing middle order collapse in Friday's defeat when they lost six wickets for just seven runs, won the toss on Sunday and put Australia into bat. David Hussey top-scored for the tourists with 37 off 62 balls, an innings which featured four boundaries before he fell to off-spinner Sunil Narine, who finished with figures of 4-27 off eight overs. Narine was named man of the match.

The start of play was delayed by rain before more showers forced the players off for 90 minutes when Australia were 16-0 after five overs.

Australia then slipped to 46 for three in the 14th over with David Warner (13) and Peter Forrest (0) both dismissed by seamer Kemar Roach in the sixth over of the day.

Brief scores: Australia 154-9 in 40 overs (David Hussey 37, Sunil Narine 4/27) lost to West Indies (D/L method) 163-5 in 38.2 overs (Keiron Pollard 47*, Dwayne Bravo 30).

First Published: Mar 19, 2012 10:23 IST