Australia Vs West Indies Second ODI Cricket Match

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Australia Vs West Indies Second ODI Cricket Match

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Australia Vs West Indies Second ODI Cricket Match

A Welcome Victory for West Indies

Pollard Can Make a Difference

West Indies has produced a welcome victory over Australia in the second ODI played at Kingston. The first match was won by Australia. West Indies has levelled the score now at 1-1. I have written in my previous article that the present set of players under Sammy in the West Indies team are unfit to play even the fifth division league with the exception of Pollard and Gayle (Gayle is not in the team now). Pollard rose to the occasion this time and won the match for West Indies. Pollard is a real asset for the West Indies team. With his all round ability, Pollard can swing the match in the team’s favour at any point of time.

Gayle’s Inclusion Will Strengthen West Indies Team

There is another good news also for the West Indies team and its millions of fans spread all over the world including India. Gayle has met the West Indies cricket officials and there are rumours that he may be persuaded to retract his statements against the Board in order to make him available for the West Indies team. If this happens, it will be a sweet news. Gayle can hammer any bowler of any team on his day and produce copious flow of runs. Indians are fortunate to see him in action every year when he plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Now Gayle has signed up for playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) also.

Rain Interrupts Match

When I switched on the TV, there was an announcement that rain had interrupted the match. After some time when I saw again, there was an announcement that the match had been reduced to forty overs for both sides. Australia scored 154 for 9 in the allotted 40 overs. I saw the innings fully. None of the Aussie batsmen scored even a half century. It was the collective effort of the team that took the Aussie total past 150.

Aussie Total More Or Less Same As In the First ODI

There was no difference in the Aussie score compared to the first ODI. In the first match, Australia scored 204 off 50 overs. If you calculate proportionately, their score in the second match is more or less the same as in the first match. By the time the Australian innings ended, it was midnight in India. I switched off the TV set to catch up the much needed sleep because I thought the match was over. I did not want to see yet another substandard display of the West Indies team and their collapse which is all too familiar by this time.

Narine Bowls Well

But in the morning, a pleasant surprise was awaiting me. I was told that West Indies had won. I saw the highlight of the match and was very happy at Pollard’s display. West Indies scored the target in 38.2 overs for the loss of five wickets and won the match. Pollard remaining unbeaten with 47 with four sixes. Australia has been beaten comprehensively. In the bowling department, Narine took four wickets for 27 runs. It is an efficient and economical bowling. Indians can see Narine in action during the IPL this season starting from the first week of April. He has been rightly declared as the man-of-the-match.

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