Sunday, February 14, 2010

Australia destroy West Indies

Australia 7 for 324 (Ponting 106, White 63) beat West Indies 8 for 274 (Deonarine 53, Pollard 62, Smith 58*) by 50 runs.

Skipper Ricky Ponting’s sparkling century led way as they registered a 50-run victory over West Indies to seal the five-ODI series 3-0 at the Gabba. Now just one last match to go in Melbourne.

A rampant Australia cracked 324 for seven with Cameron White (63) continuing his glorious summer after Calypso skipper Chris Gayle inexplicably ordered Australia to bat.

The Windies never looked on course to chase down the highest ODI score at the Gabba, and their fate appeared confirmed when Gayle (34 off 21 balls) departed.

However, a late flurry from big-hitting muscleman Kieron Pollard (62 off 55 balls) and Dwayne Smith (58 n.o) helped the 'Windies save some face.

The tourists finished on 274 for eight as Australia completed a 50-run win as their quest to complete an unbeaten summer continues ahead of Friday's final One-dayer at the MCG.

The man of the hour was Ponting who belted his first One-day century of the summer to show that he was far from the fading force that some cricket observers feared.

By hitting his first ODI century at the Gabba and his 29th overall, Ponting moved to outright No. 2 on the list of ODI century- makers behind Indian great Sachin Tendulkar (45 centuries).

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