Sunil Narine shines as West Indies squared series – 2nd ODI vs. Australia

West Indies 163-5 (Kieron Pollard unbeaten 47, Dwayne Bravo 30) beat Australia 154-9 wickets (David Hussey 37, Shane Watson 25, Sunil Narine 4-18) by 5 wickets.

the Jubilant West Indians after beating Australi in second ODI
the Jubilant West Indians after beating Australi in second ODI

Sunil Narine broke the back of Australian batting and the later, a lethal assault by Kieron Pollard led West Indies to a much needed victory against the visitors.

The success was witnessed after a dearth of nearly six years and brought back confidence to the home side. They beat the Kangaroos last time in the 10th match of the ICC Champions Trophy by 10 runs at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on October 18, 2006.

The rain affected match was restricted to 40 overs and the Aussies scored 154 runs after losing nine wickets. The Windies were struggling initially but managed to achieve the target by marshalling to 163 for the loss of five wickets with 10 balls to spare.

The young right arm off spinner, Sunil Narine was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his match winning accomplishment of 4-27 in his fifth ODI.

The second ODI of the five match series was played at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingston, St Vincent on March 18, 2012.

Earlier, Darren Sammy won the toss, preferred to chase and they grasped two early wickets for 19 runs in seven overs. Shane Watson and Michael Hussey added another 27 runs as the first was gone for 25 and David Hussey came in the centre.

The Hussey brothers consolidated the innings by putting together 31 runs as Michael became the first victim of Narine for 24. The fourth wicket fell at 77 when George Bailey provided some resistance and the score was enhanced to 109, David was bowled for 37 as Narine ripped through their batting.

The Australians found it hard to score the runs and accumulated 154 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the revised quota of 40 overs.

Sunil Narine was the star performer with the ball by grabbing four wickets, Kemar Roach held two as Dwayne Bravo and Sammy shared one wicket each.

The Caribbeans were in trouble as their opener Kieran Powell was declared leg before wicket on the very first ball of the innings from Brett Lee. Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels put some life by a fighting partnership of 42 runs for the second wicket. Samuel was bowled by Watson for 20 and Charles added problems for the home side before he was run out for 26.

The Windies were struggling at 74 after losing four important wickets when Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard held the innings together by a solid partnership. Pollard was in an aggressive mood and dispatched a six on the last ball of the 20th over and went on with the same shot in the 22nd and 23rd over as Dwayne kept on securing the other end while adding few runs.

Pollard believed in lofty shots and Xavier Doherty was punched to a six on the fifth ball of the 33rd over. The duo shared a match winning association of 64 runs for the fifth wicket as Dwayne Bravo was unluckily run out for 30.

The fifth wicket was gone for 138 when Carlton Baugh came in the centre and sent the ball reeling out of the ropes twice in the successive overs and hit the winning six on the second ball of the 39th over off Doherty.

Kieron Pollard remained unbeaten for 47 off 61 balls with four sixes as Baugh was at the crease on 18 from 17 deliveries with the assistance of one six and two fours. The target was achieved by smashing 163 runs from 38.2 overs with five wickets still in hand.

Brett Lee, Shane Watson and Xavier Doherty were the only comparatively successful bowlers with one wicket each.

The local crowd was thrilled after their team brought back home the much needed victory after 2006 as the five match series became interesting as that was levelled 1-1. The third ODI to be played at the same venue on March 20, 2012, will definitely be an interesting encounter as both teams will look forward to take the lead in the series.


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