Monday, April 22, 2024

WI, Aussies in thrilling tie


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Tension-filled, nerve-tingling, and heart-stopping were just a few of the words used to describe the frenetic finish to the third Digicel One-day International between West Indies and Australia, which ended in a tie today.
Opener Johnson Charles led the way with 45, as several batsmen got starts, but failed to carry on and West Indies narrowly unsuccessfully chased 221 for victory before a capacity, holiday crowd that packed into the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground from well before the start.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy was run out with two balls remaining in a mix up with tail-ender Kemar Roach to deny his side their second straight victory in the series – something many in the crowd had come to urge them towards.
The result meant that the five-match Digicel ODI Series is still level 1-1, after West Indies won the second Digicel ODI last Sunday by five wickets at the same venue, following a 64-run win for Australia in the first Digicel ODI last Friday also played here.
The fourth Digicel ODI will be played this coming Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia, where the series also comes to a conclusion on Sunday.
Andre Russell scored 37, Kieron Pollard made 36 and Carlton Baugh Jr got 33, as the hosts played with determination to set-up the dramatic finish, after they recovered from a mid-innings crisis at 78 for five in the 21st over.

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