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Taylor sinks Aussies after Morton heroics


taylorIn yet another upset result at the ICC Champions Trophy, pace bowler Jerome Taylor took a hat-trick towards the end of the innings and helped West Indies snatch a thrilling ten-run victory against Australia at the Brabourne Stadium here on Wednesday in a Group A fixture.

After a jittery start, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Clarke added 101 for the fifth wicket to put Australia back on track. After Gilchrist fell for 92, West Indies fought back courtesy some brilliant bowling by Taylor and Dwayne Bravo as they ended up with 224 for 9. Taylor also became the first West Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs.

Gilchrist and Clarke earlier kept Australia in the hunt with a measured stand as they went into the last 16 overs needing a further 89 at an asking rate of 5.56. Gilchrist was then unbeaten on 70, but with Michael Hussey the only remaining specialist batsman, Australia still had plenty to do on a pitch which was beginning to offer more assistance to the spinners.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, standing in as captain for Brian Lara — who was off the field with a back problem — read the situation well and got a long spell out of Marlon Samuels, the off-spinner, who went for only 21 in seven overs. Chris Gayle, the other spinner in the line-up, struck a crucial blow, getting rid of Andrew Symonds for 18, and still had six overs up his sleeve.

Gilchrist, though, was the star for Australia. On a pitch where the ball didn’t come on to the bat, he cut out his usual flamboyance and played the percentages brilliantly — the horizontal-bat shots were minimised early in the innings and unfurled only once he’d got a measure of the wicket.

For the most part, he looked to score when the bowlers got their direction wrong and drifted down leg, picking off boundaries to fine leg. His fifty required 77 balls, but it served the Australian cause perfectly.

Brian Lara and Runako Morton lit up the Brabourne Stadium with an outstanding 137-run partnership as West Indies finished with a challenging 234 for 6 — the highest total in an ODI at this ground. Morton, in the side for an indisposed Shivnarine Chanderpaul, made maximum use of the opportunity with a superbly paced unbeaten 90 off 103 balls, while Lara, dropping himself down to No.6, rescued the innings after four early wickets with a classy 71. —Cricinfo

ICC Champions Trophy Group A Table

Teams P W L Pts NRR

India 1 1 - 2 +1.771

West Indies 1 1 - 2 +0.200

Australia 1 - 1 0 -0.200

England 1 - 1 0 -1.771


West Indies won toss

West Indies

W W Hinds c Ponting b Bracken 1

C H Gayle c Gilchrist b Watson 24

D R Smith c Hogg b Lee 8

R R Sarwan lbw b Clarke 21

R S Morton not out 90

*B C Lara c Symonds b McGrath 71

†C S Baugh c Ponting b Bracken 13

M N Samuels not out 1

Extras (lb1, w3, nb1) 5

Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 234

Did not bat: D J Bravo, I D R Bradshaw, J E Taylor

Fall: 1-10, 2-25, 3-47, 4-63, 5-200, 6-233

Bowling: Lee 8-0-45-1 (1nb, 2w); Bracken 10-1-42-2; McGrath 8-0-42-1; Watson 8-0-34-1; Clarke 5-0-18-1; Symonds 8-0-35-0; Hogg 3-0-17-0 (1w)


†A C Gilchrist run out (Hinds/Gayle) 92

S R Watson c Sarwan b Bradshaw 0

*R T Ponting b Taylor 1

D R Martyn c Bravo b Bradshaw 17

A Symonds b Gayle 18

M J Clarke c & b Bravo 47

M E K Hussey b Taylor 13

G B Hogg b Taylor 10

B Lee lbw b Taylor 0

N W Bracken not out 3

G D McGrath not out 3

Extras (lb8, w9, nb3) 20

Total (9 wkts, 50 overs) 224

Fall: 1-12, 2-17, 3-44, 4-81, 5-182, 6-206, 7-214, 8-214, 9-219

Bowling: Bradshaw 10-0-38-2 (3nb, 3w); Taylor 10-0-49-4 (1w); Smith 3-0-16-0; Samuels 10-1-36-0 (2w); Gayle 10-0-39-1 (1w); Bravo 6-0-33-1 (1w); Sarwan 1-0-5-0 (1w)

Result: West Indies won by 10 runs

Points: West Indies 2, Australia 0

Man of the Match: Runako Morton

Umpires: M R Benson (England) and R E Koertzen (South Africa). TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan). Match referee: M J Procter (South Africa)

Next match: Friday (tomorrow), New Zealand v Sri Lanka (Mumbai, d/n), Group B
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