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Aussies drub Windies to lift DLF Cup

The West Indies began their run chase in the most unfortunate fashion as they lost opener Chris Gayle out first ball.

ibnlive.com |September 24, 2006, 10:57 AM IST
Aussies drub Windies to lift DLF Cup

New Delhi: The Australians always manage to keep that bit extra to triumph in summit clashes just like they did in the DLF Cup final in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, and how.

After a reasonable outing with the bat, Australia had much to worry about, with a dangerous West Indies team full of strokemakers who are well capable of pulling a surprise off. But it wasn't to be.

A sublime restricting role by Glenn McGrath (six overs and six runs), a superb display of left-arm fast bowling by Nathan Bracken (3 for 15) and a typical tearaway performance by Brett Lee (4 for 24) were enough to end all Windies hopes of an unexpected win.

As a result, West Indies folded for paltry 113 in 34.2 overs and Australia yet again setting a benchmark performance, killing their opponents before they knew it. Maybe West Indies wanted to reserve their best while defending a Champions Trophy soon to kick-off in India.

West Indies began their run chase in the most unfortunate fashion as they lost opener Chris Gayle out first ball to a scathing Brett Lee delivery, the target now looking just a tad farther.

West Indies were in for more suffering, as Shivnarine Chanderpaul also followed shortly, caught out in an attempt to cash in on a ball on the leg side, mis-timing it to Katich for 12 off Bracken.

And then the third blow, as Runako Morton also made his way into the pavilion, trapped leg before off Bracken again, as the pressure continued to rise due to lack of runs.

Brian Lara was expected to turn the tide in favour of his side with an array of his strokeplay. He did start that way, with a screaming cover drive announcing his arrival, but a soft edge to wicketkeeper Haddin off Bracken ended his short stay.

With just 55 runs on the board and the run rate mounting steeply, Dwayne Bravo also followed suit, going for eight runs caught by Ricky Ponting off Shane Watson.

Watson was back in the wicket-taking act four balls later when he shattered Wavell Hinds' stumps to send the batsman back for a duck.

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After a partial revival by Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Smith and when it looked the Windies fight may last a bit longer than expected, a superb direct hit from skipper Ricky Ponting ended Sarwan's stay in the middle. He scored 36 runs.

Dwayne Smith, who decided to take the attack to the Aussies right from scratch, followed Sarwan soon, mis-timing a flick straight into Ponting's hands off Lee for a well made run-a-ball 30.

Ian Bradshaw was next to go in the same over, the 9th Windies wicket, caught behind without troubling the scorers.

The last wicket was only a matter of time, and Carlton Baugh obliged to Brett Lee's half-tracker, skying it for Brad Haddin.

Australia had set a target of 241 runs for the West Indies to chase in the final of the DLF Cup on Sunday, after an extremely disciplined bowling performance by the Windies bowlers never let them loose.

Damien Martyn and Andrew Symonds contributed 50's and Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin provided the much needed sparks to push the Australian score over 230, which at the start of the innings looked highly unlikely.

The Windies bowlers put in a spirited effort, especially the fast bowlers led by Ian Bradshaw, with figures of 2 for 30 in his ten overs. Jerome Taylor, who bowled fast and accurate throughout, had just one wicket to show for his efforts. Dwayne Smith and spinners Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan, all chipped in with valuable contributions with the ball.

Dwayne Bravo though, bowled well in patches, but his figures got a huge blow during the later overs, as he went for plenty and ended with none for 65 of his nine overs.

The West Indies would still be reasonably happy to be chasing a total below five runs an over, and with seven genuine batsmen in their ranks. But with a firing Australian bowling attack led by Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee, the chase might just come with a few ups and downs.

Australia chose to bat after winning the toss on a bright Sunday afternoon at the Kinrara Oval.

The Australians however, didn't get the start they were expecting, as they were pinned down by some excellent bowling by Ian Bradshaw and Dwayne Smith up front.

The pressure of scoring quickly proved too much for Shane Watson, as he perished chasing an away-going delivery, snapped up by Gayle at slip off Smith for 18 runs.

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The Windies bowlers continued to mount pressure on Katich and skipper Ricky Ponting. Jerome Taylor came in first change and bowled with pace but seemingly controlled aggression, the strategy looking to dry the Australians of their beloved big shots.

And soon Taylor struck, with a ball that kept slightly low, sneaking in to wrap Ponting on the pads plumb in front for six.

The first 20 overs were an unlikely story for the Australians. Brian Lara managed to bring the best out of his three quickies, giving them the right field to stem the flow of runs.

The Aussies on the other hand, never even looked to take the bull by the horn, their all three Powerplays yielding a sorry 63 runs.

Simon Katich and Damien Martyn did try to up the scoring, as Katich struck a lusty blow off Bravo out of the park and Martyn followed it up with a sweetly timed square drive to the fence, much to Taylor's dismay.

But just as the partnership threatened, Chris Gayle rolled his arm over to strike gold with the scalp of Katich holding out in the deep for a patient 25.

After a typically dogged knock, Damien Martyn was caught out in the deep in a bid to push the scoring rate as the Australian innings desperately needed a turnaround. He fell for 52 off the bowling of Ian Bradshaw.

Andrew Symonds soon followed for the same score, as the innings close neared, going in the same fashion as Martyn, with Ramnaresh Sarwan doing the trick for the West Indies.

Sarwan seemed to be the goldem arm, as he struck again in the 46th over of the Australian innings, bundling out Michael Clarke for 23, the Aussie score reading 200 for 6.

But the Aussie innings got a late resurgence through Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin, who tonked a couple of sixes to put the Aussies on a rather auspicious footing.

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