West Indies defeated Australia in a low scoring rain-curtailed Second Digicel ODI at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St Vincent. This was West Indies first victory in an ODI against the Aussies after five long years. The last time West Indies defeated Australia in an ODI was way back in 2006.
Sunil Narine 4/27 restricts Australia to 154 for 9 in 40 Overs
Asked to bat first after losing the toss, Australia struggled to get going in the stop-start match and found itself stuttering at 77 for 4 in the 24th over. The match was reduced to a 40-over-contest and the visitors finished with a poor total of 154 for 9. The top scorer for Australia was David Hussey who scored 37 taking 62 balls and striking 4 fours. Trinidadian Sunil Narine strangled the Aussies with his off break variations to take 4 for 27 in 8 overs while fast bowler Kemar Roach bowled well yet again taking 2 for 23 in 8 overs including three maidens. At one stage, Kemar Roach had mean figures of 5-3-4-2!
Dwayne Bravo, Pollard seal the match for West Indies
The Aussies fought back with the ball reducing the hosts West Indies to 74 for 4 in 18.4 overs but a crucial stand of 64 runs between Dwayne Bravo (30 from 49 balls with 1 four) and the big hitting Kieron Pollard (47* from 61 balls with 4 sixes) sealed the game. West Indies reached the D/L Target of 158 in 38.2 overs losing five wickets.
The 23-year-old Sunil Narine got the Man of the Match award. The 5-ODI Series is leveled 1-1 with Australia winning the First ODI and now West Indies winning the Second Match. The third ODI of the Series will also be played at this same venue on the 20th.