Kieran Powell Leads the Way but Windies Lose

For a fleeting moment, Windiest fans had their hopes up as Kieran Powell and Dwayne Bravo united in an exciting126 runs partnership, peppering the boundary ropes on a consistent basis. However, they departed within 7 runs of each other and thereafter, the team declined in short order.

It was the second one day match as the West Indies engaged Australia at Perth. This time around, Captain Sammy won the toss and decided to bowl first after the humiliating defeat in the first encounter.

The Windies were superb in the field, for the most part, especially with their catching. Kieran Powell started the action with a stunning two handed catch to get rid of Khawaja. This was followed by a reflex beauty by Daren Bravo at short extra cover and captain Sammy himself snared a blinder going over his head at 1st slip and celebrated with a Usain Bolt imitation.

Australia was dangerously reduced to 98 for 6 and seemed in dire straits but the Windies failed to complete the demolition job and George Bailey blossomed with a superb hand of 125 not out, climaxing with 25 from the final over bowled by Dwayne Bravo. Australia getting to 266 for 7.

The West Indies started disastrously as has been the case in recent times. Gayle for 4; Sarwan for another duck and Daren Bravo for 14—all given out, leg before wicket. The senior Bravo joined Powell and he made his intentions clear from the outset with some exciting booming drives and that seemed to get Powell going as well and he too played some exhilarating shots of his own. The pair was parted 126 runs later and West Indies seemed on course to complete the victory.

However the innocuous looking spin of an expensive Maxwell accounted for 4 wickets and Mitchell Starc accounted for another five fer at the top of the innings. Narine entertained briefly at the end striking the hapless Maxwell for four consecutive maximums before he was stumped and then it was all over by the shouting. West Indies getting to 212 and losing by all of 54 runs.

Summarized scores: Australia 7 for 266 (Bailey 125*, Faulkner 39; Sammy 3-48) beat West Indies 212 (Powell 83, Bravo 45; Starc 5-32, Maxwell 4-63) by 54.

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