Cricket: Pace and Accuracy Secure Series for Australia ; Australia 286-5 West Indies 219 Australia Win by 67 Runs

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Cricket: Pace and Accuracy Secure Series for Australia ; Australia 286-5 West Indies 219 Australia Win by 67 Runs


Chetwynd, Gareth, The Independent (London, England)


AUSTRALIA DISMISSED the West Indies for 219 on Saturday to win the fourth one-day international by 67 runs and take an unassailable lead in the seven-match series.

Accurate bowling and athletic fielding by the world champions proved too much for the West Indies' batsmen, who fell well short of their target of 287.

"We wanted to wipe the slate clean after the World Cup," the Australia captain, Ricky Ponting, said. "We've slowly improved in each game we've played here and today was far and away the best we've batted."

The West Indies' openers Chris Gayle and Ricardo Powell struggled to cope with the early onslaught of the Australian pace men Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie. Powell played and missed several times before Ponting took a fine diving catch on the leg side from Gillespie.

The Australian fast bowlers obtained ample bounce from the pitch and Wavell Hinds took two deliveries on the helmet before succumbing lbw to Lee. Glenn McGrath trapped Ramnaresh Sarwan leg before when the right- hander had scored just 16.

The West Indies' captain, Brian Lara, played some flowing drives and cuts, forging a promising 69-run partnership with Chris Gayle, but the big Australian target forced him to play a high-risk game. Lara had hit 40 when his attempted cut off Andy Symonds was caught by Matthew Hayden at short third-man.

Gayle scored a string of fine boundaries before the medium pace bowler Ian Harvey trapped him lbw on 84 when the opener tried to play across the line.

Harvey captured a second wicket when Hogg took an excellent low catch from Marlon Samuels (27) and the West Indies' lower order collapsed.

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