Match Report from Down Under: Windies fail again in Second ODI – Barbadian is top Scorer
The West Indies continued to struggle down under, losing their second One Day International by a comprehensive eight wickets. Opting to bat first, the Windies could muster together a meagre and inadequate 170 all out from 39.4 overs, Dwayne Smith top scoring with a fighting 43.
Australia hurriedly overhauled the total, getting up to 171 for 2 in 26.3 overs at the Adelaide Oval and now sit on a handsome 2-0 lead in the five match series.
Once again the Windies top order folded to the left arm fast bowling of Man-of-the-Math Doug Bollinger who claimed four wickets for 28 runs during his eight overs.
Bollinger removed Chris Gayle lbw first ball then sent back Runako Morton (4) and Lendl Simmons (1). In between Clint McKay accounted for Travis Dowlin for 2 to leave the Windies in tatters at 16 for 4.
Narsingh Deonarine (23) and Denesh Ramdin (30) steadied the ship for a brief period, taking the score to 62 before the former went lbw to Mitchell Johnson. Ramdin followed 15 runs later to leave the score at 77 for 6.
There was late order rally by Kieron Pollard and Smith before he was last man out. Pollard hit 32 from 39 balls while Smith’s innings lasted 63 deliveries and contained two fours and a mammoth straight six.
The pair added 37 for the 7th wicket but it was Smith’s 45 run 9th wicket stand with Ravi Rampaul (18) which spared the Windies from a completely embarrassing total.
Man-of-the-Match in the first ODI, Shane Watson, recorded another half century, striking 53 from 50 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes before he was undone by Kemar Roach.
Captain Ricky Ponting (57*) and Michael Clarke (27*) added 72 and steered their side to the crushing victory after they lost the other opening batsman – Shaun Marsh – for 27.
With 100 overs available to them in the two ODIs the Windies only used 74 overs and lost all twenty wickets along the way. The Australians, on the other hand, have lost just half that number of wickets while batting out their quota of 50 overs in the first match and completing victory in the second with 23.3 overs to spare.
The first four batsmen for the Windies have scored a total of 47 runs in the two matches and that includes Lendl Simmons’ 29 in the game one.
Enormous pressure has been placed, principally, on Pollard, Ramdin and Smith, batting interchangeably at numbers 6, 7 and 8 to produce runs following the top order collapse. Capable though they are, the pressure of five wickets down has proven too much to bear in constructing competitive totals.
The more seasoned pair of Wavell Hinds and Brendan Nash has warmed the bench thus far but they should find themselves in the playing unit for game three on Thursday night (Caribbean time).