Australia vs West Indies ODI: Cricket live scores, updates

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    Australia v West Indies

    SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND, FEBRUARY 8, 2013

    4th ODI - AUS v WIN

     
    West Indies 1st Inn 220 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 5/221
    West Indies won the toss and elected to bat
    Australia won by 5 wickets
    Australia Over:44.5  RR:4.93
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    MS Wade 13 7 1 1 185.71
    GJ Maxwell* 1 2 0 0 50.00
    West Indies
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    TL Best* 9.5 0 38 2 3.86
    AD Russell 6.0 0 40 1 6.67
    Recent Overs:
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    Last Wicket: Clarke, 37 (c:Thomas b:Best)
    Current Partnership: 1 runs, 2 balls, RR:50.00

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    With the series won, Australia will have an eye on rotating players around, but a clean sweep beckons as they take on a West Indian side looking to save face.

    We’ll bring you the live coverage of the action throughout this fourth one day international at the SCG from 2.20pm AEDT on February 7.

    Despite coming into their own with the bat in the previous couple of ODIs, West Indies have fallen short in both chases.

    They looked good to win the second ODI but never in contention in the third, despite a solid fourth wicket stand between the Bravo brothers.

    Chris Gayle’s side injury may have been an issue but given his recent form it may not have mattered anyway.

    As it turned out, he came out to bat at number five in the previous game and lasted all of five deliveries before being sent off by James Faulkner.

    Batting however, may not be West Indies’ problem; it could well be down to their bowling in that both their strike bowlers – Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine – have struggled to come to grips with the Australian tracks so far.

    Australia’s confidence with the bat in the shorter format has grown, undoubtedly thanks to the improved tracks and reduced bowling pedigree, especially in comparison with the Sri Lanka series.

    If it was George Bailey whose century propelled Australia to a match-winning century in the second ODI, Shane Watson made his return to the team a memorable one with a cracking hundred in the third.

    And the way West Indies have bowled it is easy to imagine someone else could join this 100-getting bandwagon soon.

    The Sydney track could assist a little more turn than the ones before this game. In line with their player management policy, the Australian selectors could rest one of the pace bowlers and get Xavier Doherty into the side.

    Also in line for selection will be Adam Voges in case George Bailey does not recover from his hamstring injury.

    With Gayle not expected to recover in time as well, West Indies might want to make a change instead of risking him for an inconsequential game. Johnson Charles could get his ninth call up, or Narsingh Deonarine may provide an all-round option to prop up their slow bowling attack.

    We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the SCG and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

    Images from the game – photos by Paul Barkley/LookPro

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    • Roar Guru

      10:02pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:02pm | ! Report

      West Indies were never in the game once they had scored only 220 batting first. Even that looked a long stretch after slumping to 6/55 and 7/98 at different times in the match.

      There were chances that both Watson and Hughes offered in their second wicket stand of 62 and had West Indies taken those, things could have got a lot closer. Watson finally got out for 76 but by then it was all over bar the shouting, with Clarke’s 38 helping their cause.

      Best was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies, ending with 2/38 in 9.5 He bowled with what can be defined as the meaning of ‘bowling with a lot of heart’ and at speeds touching 150 km/hr. No batsman looked comfortable against him and it is a surprise he did not start in the first couple of games or so.

      That’s it from me then. I will be back with the coverage of the fifth and the final ODI before the one-off T20I – the last game of this summer season. As always, it’s been a pleasure.

    • Roar Guru

      9:57pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:57pm | ! Report

      And off the next one, Maxwell has clinched the ODI for Australia, backing away and drilling it through for a four.

      Australia have won by five wickets with more than five overs to spare.

    • Roar Guru

      9:56pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      Maxwell, all of a million bucks behind his back, shows the confidence he should facing up to Best. Backs away and wants to crack it through. Misses.

    • Roar Guru

      9:53pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      And would you believe it! Best’s got a wicket now!

      Bouncer and Clarke wants to pull it away to finish off the game. Instead he gets a top-edge and it flies to the keeper…

      …again it’s Best who’s doing all the appealing and the umpire obliges. Surprised to see the keeper not really joining in!

    • Roar Guru

      9:52pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:52pm | ! Report

      Couple of runs tapped to the leg-side level the scores.

      One more to win.

    • Roar Guru

      9:51pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:51pm | ! Report

      A single off the Free Hit to fine-leg takes Australia to 4/218.

      Three more to end proceedings.

    • Roar Guru

      9:51pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:51pm | ! Report

      Russell bowl a wide! Which means that Australia need four and Clarke’s still got his Free Hit!

    • Roar Guru

      9:50pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:50pm | ! Report

      Wade crunches one through the covers for a four…and the requirement is down to single figures.

      Russell’s bowled a no-ball which gives Clarke a Free Hit. Five needed to win.

    • Roar Guru

      9:48pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:48pm | ! Report

      Ooo! Almost a wicket!

      Clarke wanted to drive it over the bowler’s head and he mis-hits it…

      …so sure Clarke was about that being out that he began walking back before realising that it could pop over the fielder and that is what happens. Just not West Indies’ day in the field.

    • Roar Guru

      9:47pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:47pm | ! Report

      And Best’s conceded only one off his ninth over.

      Now Best has always been quick but his problem has always been control. Not seen him show so much control before. This has been a serious couple of spells or so from Best.

      14 needed now

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