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West Indies lose again besides ton from Kieron Pollard – 4th ODI vs. Australia

Zia Rana February 8, 2013

Australia 221-5 (Shane Watson 76, Michael Clarke 37, Sunil Narine 2-34) beat West Indies 220 (Kieron Pollard 109*, Darren Sammy 25, Mitchell Johnson 3-36, Ben Cutting 3-45) by five wickets.

A fighting century from Kieron Pollard went in vain as the top order batting of West Indies crumbled again and they lost the 4th consecutive ODI vs. Australia.

West Indies were bowled out for 220 runs in 49.4 overs as their top order batting flopped early. Australia found no problem by smashing 221 runs with half of their side back in the pavilion in 44.5 overs.

Kieron Pollard - Second ODI ton against Australia

Kieron Pollard – Second ODI ton against Australia

Kieron Pollard (West Indies) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his masterly unbeaten knock of 109 runs.

The fourth One Day International of the five match series was played on Friday, February 8, 2013, at Sydney Cricket Ground.

The toss was won by the Windies skipper, Darren Sammy, who instantly decided to bat to take some advantage of the good looking track. They had a terrible beginning after losing three quick wickets against the lethal quick bowling of Mitchell Johnson. Kieran Powell, Johnson Charles and Darren Bravo surrendered for 9, 0 and 4 runs respectively. The miseries were multiplied when Dwayne Bravo was declared leg before wicket off Glenn Maxwell for just three runs.

The visitors were reeling at 4-22 in 10.4 overs as Kieron Pollard took over and found little assistance from the other end. He hit 2 fours in the 14th over as a couple of wickets fell in the next six overs and his team was stranded at 6-55 after 19.2 overs. Darren Sammy associated with Pollard next and they crawled to 98 when the first was caught by the Australian captain, Michael Clarke, at first slip off Ben Cutting for 25. Pollard reached his fifty in the 39th over off 95 balls as Andre Russell became the next victim for 18 runs. Sunil Narine added two fours in the next over as Kieron Pollard opened up by sending the ball out of the fence five times in the 42nd and the following over. Narine was gone for 23 as Pollard succeeded in dispatching his third ODI century, the second against Australia, on the fourth delivery of the 49th over.

Kieron Pollard remained unbeaten for 109 off 136 balls with 2 towering sixes and 11 fours as West Indies managed 220 runs before their innings was rolled back with two balls to spare.

Mitchell Johnson and Ben Cutting were the top wicket snatchers with three each whereas Clint McKay, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner shared one wicket each.

Australia started off well as Shane Watson and Aaron Finch posted 20 runs in the first four overs. Finch was dropped by Tino Best off his own bowling at six runs and the batsman responded with 2 fours in the next overs followed by 2 back to back fours in the 9th over. He was adjudged lbw off Sunil Narine for 25 and the first wicket was lost at 53 in 9.5 overs. Phillip Hughes came in next as Watson kept on stabilising from the other end. The poor ground fielding of the tourists continued when Watson was dropped by the wicket keeper Devon Thomas off Dwayne Bravo at 32 on the second delivery of the 17th over.

Shane Watson attained his 29th ODI fifty in the 21st over and the first hundred of the hosts’ innings also appeared on board. The Caribbeans got their second success when Phillip Hughes lost his wicket for 23 runs at the total of 115. Michael Clarke joined in next with Watson and they pushed the score to 145 in 28.4 overs as Shane Watson was caught behind by Thomas off Best for 76 scored from 84 balls comprising 9 fours. Adam Voges contributed a 53 runs partnership for the fourth wicket with Clarke and was caught by Sammy at midwicket off Andre Russell for 28.

Michael Clarke was caught behind by Thomas on the bowling of Best for 37 off 65 with just one four when the score was levelled. The Kangaroos achieved the target by scoring 221 after losing five wickets and 31 balls to spare.

Tino Best and Sunil Narine picked up two wickets each and Andre Russell claimed one wicket.

Australia won the fourth One Day International comfortably by five wickets and leads the five game series 4-0. The fifth and final match will be played on February 13, 2013, at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

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