Live Cricket Score: Australia v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Manuka Oval
Before the start of the five-match series West Indian captain Darren Sammy spoke of how he believed his team could achieve a rare ODI trophy. Now, after two consecutive defeats, Sammy finds West Indies needing to win the third match in Canberra on Wednesday to keep the series alive.
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The series began on a terrible note in Perth with West Indies rolled over for 74 en route to a nine-wicket pummeling. The tourists improved significantly on their batting effort in the second Perth fixture though they lost by 54 runs, with opener Kieran Powell (83) and Dwayne Bravo (45) showing some fight in their 126-run partnership. But on Sunday, once the Powell-Bravo stand was snapped West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 53 runs to be bowled out for 212 chasing 267. It's easy to see where the problems lie.
The extended poor form of Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo, as well as two ducks on return to the side from Ramnaresh Sarwan, has left West Indies' top order looking very shaky. Gayle made 4 in both matches in Perth to extend a lean run without an ODI fifty to ten matches - he averages 11.20 in this period - while Sarwan, back in the side after more than 18 months, has been taken out twice by Mitchell Starc's left-arm swing without scoring. The younger Bravo too has struggled to occupy the crease against quality pace bowling and that has led to collapses of 39 for 7 and 33 for 3 in two games. The lack of big partnerships has let West Indies down hard.