Downpour concludes Windies victory chase – Windies suffer more with bowler Kemar Roach injured

The West Indies hunt for a victory in the third One-Day International lasted just six balls as heavy rained led to the match being abandoned at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday night.

Australia lead the five match series 2-0 and a third win would put them in an unassailable position

Australia lead the five match series 2-0 and a third win would put them in an unassailable position

The Windies bowled out the Aussies for 225 off 49.5 overs and reached 6-0 off 0.5 overs when a downpour forced the players off the field. The delay lasted almost two hours and the revised target was 151 off 24 overs under the Duckworth Lewis Method.

The game resumed at 9:20 pm but only one ball was possible when another heavy shower forced umpires Billy Bowden and Bruce Oxenford to call off the day/night contest.

Earlier in the day, pacer Ravi Rampaul picked up 4-61 from 9.5 overs and new ball partner Dwayne Smith had 3-45 to restrict the home side. Darren Sammy took the vital wickets of Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting on his return to the team as a replacement for Kemar Roach.

The Aussies lead the series 2-0 but the series is still open with two matches still to be played. The two teams now travel to Brisbane for the fourth ODI on Sunday.

West Indies XI: Chris Gayle*, Travis Dowlin, Lendl Simmons, Narsingh Deonarine, Wavell Hinds, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin†, Darren Sammy, Nikita Miller, Ravi Rampaul

Australia XI: Ricky Ponting*, Adam Voges, Tim Paine+, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, James Hopes, Nathan Hauritz, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Doug Bollinger

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