Australia crush West Indies by 8 wkts in 2nd ODI
ADELAIDE: Australia outplayed West Indies by eight wickets, second time in a row, here at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
Doug Bollinger''s first-ball dismissal of West Indies captain Chris Gayle effectively determined the outcome of the contest as the West Indies slid as low as 4-16 and were ultimately bowled out for 170, leaving Australia a leisurely chase they duly completed inside 27 overs.
Shane Watson extended his outstanding summer by cracking 51 and captain Ricky Ponting was also smooth in compiling an unbeaten 57.
The West Indies never recovered from the hammer blow of Gayle''s instant dismissal by the excellent Bollinger (4-28).
He had plenty of support as there were wickets for every bowler on an Adelaide pitch that offered plenty of bounce to the pacemen and turn for Nathan Hauritz (1-45).
Of the visitors only the middle order quartet of Narsingh Deonarine (23), Denesh Ramdin (30), Kieron Pollard (33) and Dwayne Smith (43) offered any sort of resistance.
Australia''s chase was never going to be in any trouble from the moment Watson muscled two boundaries from Kemar Roach''s opening over.
Watson added 51 with Shaun Marsh (27) before the left-hander dragged a ball onto his stumps via a crooked bat.
Ponting had little difficulty finding the winning runs alongside Michael Clarke (27 not out) after Watson fell to Roach.
Travis Dowlin was caught behind while trying to leave Clint McKay (2-33), before Runako Morton and Lendl Simmons departed cheaply.
Regular wickets then ensured there would be no chance of the visitors reaching 200.
Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke, Cameron White, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Clint McKay, Doug Bollinger. 12th man: Ryan Harris.
West Indies: Chris Gayle (captain), Runako Morton, Travis Dowlin, Lendl Simmons, Narsingh Deonarine, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Nikita Miller, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach. 12th man: Darren Sammy.