Australia Vs West Indies ODI Produces a Thrilling Tie

The Tied Test in 1960 at Brisbane

When Pollard Was Out, I Lost All Hopes of a West Indies Victory

When Pollard Was Out, I Lost All Hopes of a West Indies Victory
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West Indies Tail Wagged To Produce the Tie


The Tied Test in 1960 at Brisbane

Who can forget the Australia-West Indies tie? I don’t mean today’s match at St Vincent. It will be fresh in memory for all the cricket lovers because not even twenty four hours have passed by. I mean the historic tied test in Brisbane in 1960 when towering stalwarts like Richie Benaud, Sir Frank Worrell and Wes Halls played. As Brett Lee hit the ball at the stumps to run out the West Indies captain Darren Sammy, my mind was taken to 52 years back when Joe Solomon’s throw from the square leg was accurate and hit the stumps to run out McKenzie to bring the result of that historic match to a tie. From his position, Joe Solomon could see only one stump and the throw could have easily missed the target as it was made almost from the boundary line. Real pity that in those days there were no video cameras and cell phones with camera facility.

When Pollard Was Out, I Lost All Hopes of a West Indies Victory

Australia made a score of 220 in almost 50 overs. Mike Hussey and Bailey were engaged in a century partnership. While Mike Hussey made the top score of 67, Bailey chipped in with a useful 59. When the West Indies innings started, I eagerly expected some fireworks as West Indies had just won the previous match through a good performance from its star all rounder Pollard. West Indies opening batsman Charles contributed 45 runs off 56 balls with seven boundary hits. Pollard settled down to play a good innings. Pollard hit two boundaries and two sixes. As Pollard settled down well, I thought he would take West Indies to victory this time also. But Pollard disappointed all and was out for 36. I lost hopes and switched off my TV set to go to sleep as it was well past midnight in India by that time.

West Indies Tail Wagged To Produce the Tie

In the morning I came to know that a thriller of a match was produced and the match was tied. I rued for having missed this sensation but compensated by watching the recorded match. After Pollard’s departure, Russell (37 runs off 42 balls with three fours and a six) and Baugh (33 runs off 69 balls with three fours) engaged in a productive partnership which lifted the total from 117 for 6 to 181 for 7. Even at this juncture, the match was clearly in Australia’s favour. But the West Indies tail wagged with Darren Sammy leading the race. Finally when Sammy was run out off the fourth ball of the 50th over, there were wild cheers everywhere. A thriller of a match was produced once again. Now the ODI series is level at 1-1. Another two matches are still to go. Mike Hussey was awarded the man of the match award.

Michael Holding’s Commentary Is Very Pleasing

Michael Holding’s Commentary Is Very Pleasing
Michael Holding’s Commentary Is Very Pleasing | Source

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Australia Vs West Indies ODI Produces a Thrilling Tie

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Australia Vs West Indies ODI Produces a Thrilling Tie

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Crowd Got Their Money’s Worth

Tuesday was declared a public holiday at St Vincent and a swelling crowd at the stadium got its money’s worth of entertainment thanks to both the sides. The West Indies required only one run from the last three balls of the final over being bowled by Brett Lee. But there was an unfortunate mix up between Darren Sammy and the last batsman Kemar Roach. Both the batsmen were stranded at the striker’s end. Brett Lee whipped off the bails to run out Sammy.

Alan Donald’s Mix-Up Cost South Africa the World Cup

From a hopeless position of 78 for 5, the West Indies team fought gallantly to level the score against Australia. This was no mean achievement. This will enormously lift the confidence of the West Indies team. If Gayle also joins the team, they can put up a sterling performance against any team in the world. Of course the lack of fast bowlers will remain a concern for the West Indies team. Sunil Narine is compensating for the lack of fast bowlers with his crafty spin. At one stage the bowling analysis of Sunil Narine read 5-1-5-1. Australia was lucky to escape with a tie. Had the mix-up not happened, West Indies would have won the match to take a lead of 2-1 in the series. Andre Russell was lucky to be reprieved because of a no ball bowled by Watson. To add insult to injury to Watson, Russell was also clean bowled during the free hit. The mix-up between Sammy and Roach reminded me the incident of Alan Donald, the South African tail-ender being stuck up at his end in a crucial World Cup match that cost South Africa against Australia.

Michael Holding’s Commentary Is Very Pleasing

Michael Holding’s beautiful commentary in a crisp and clear voice was a delight to watch and hear. West Indies conceded 203 dot balls whereas Australia had given only 175. But West Indies made up by hitting 19 fours and six sixes whereas Australia hit fourteen fours and three sixes. Australian bowlers gave away four runs through wide and no balls whereas West Indies conceded seven runs. That made the vital difference to the final outcome of the match. In a closely fought encounter, each run matters. In the last ten overs, Australia hit 50 runs for the loss of six wickets whereas West Indies hit 56 runs for the loss of four runs.

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