Australia revel in blockbuster finish as Windies blow chance to take lead
23:06 GMT, 20 March 2012
Darren Sammy was run out with just two balls remaining in an incredible finish as the West Indies tied the third one-day international against Australia, blowing the chance to take the lead in the series.
The hosts, who had used a late flurry of wickets to restrict Australia to 220 earlier in the day, recovered from early troubles to close in on their target, needing seven off the final over.
Two quick singles and a four from Sammy gave them three balls to chase the winning run, but with an unlikely victory seeming to be moments away, Kemar Roach got overexcited, calling for an impossible single and leaving his team-mate stranded.
So close: West Indies' captain Darren Sammy lost the chance to go ahead of Australia
It meant the West Indies had matched Australia's 220 all out while only facing one ball fewer, with the tourists being bowled out in 49.5 overs.
That the West Indies came close to a victory was a surprise after they found themselves at 78 for five after 21 overs.
Kieran Powell was stumped early on for 12, and Marlon Samuels added just two off 20 balls before he was bowled by Shane Watson.
Darren Bravo went for a duck to leave the hosts on 52 for three, and after opener Johnson Charles fell five runs shy of a half-century, Dwayne Bravo soon followed for 13.
But the hosts fought back impressively.
Kieron Pollard put on 36, Andre Russell 37, and when Carlton Baugh went for 33 the score was a much more competitive 190 for eight with a little over five overs remaining.
The Kingston crowd's nerves were tested when Sunil Narine went for 10 with 16 balls left, but it was ultimately Roach's nerves that frayed at the crucial moment.
Boom: Brett Lee ran out Sammy
Earlier, a flurry of late wickets prevented Australia from setting a bigger target.
The last six wickets fell for 18 runs with three coming in the space of five balls as three Australians – Brett Lee, Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty – went for ducks in little time.
However, the tourists could be grateful for 67 runs from Mike Hussey and another impressive display from George Bailey, who added 59 for his maiden ODI fifty, in giving them a solid platform before the collapse.
Together, Hussey and Bailey put on 112 for the fourth wicket, taking Australia to 170 after opener Watson made just 10 before being run out and first man in Matthew Wade soon followed for two, bowled by Narine.
Nice work: Sammy is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of David Warner
When David Warner's innings came to a close, caught by Sammy off Pollard for 37, Australia were wobbling on 58 for three.
Bailey and Hussey stemmed the tide as they batted out 25 overs, the partnership eventually ended when Bailey was caught off Samuels, who then had Hussey stumped six overs later.
Hussey's departure came with the score on 202 and they failed to add a run before his brother David departed for 15, bowled by Roach.
Roach accounted for Lee moments later with McKay and Doherty following soon after to leave Australia on 208 for nine.
The innings came to a close one ball short of the full 50 overs with Narine trapping Daniel Christian for the final wicket.
The five-match series is tied at 1-1.