Late drama ensures tie in St Vincent

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The final-over run out of skipper Darren Sammy forced the West Indies to settle for a tie in the third ODI against Australia in St Vincent on Tuesday.

The final-over run out of skipper Darren Sammy forced the West Indies to settle for a tie in the third ODI against Australia in St Vincent on Tuesday.

In an up-and-down chase of Australia's modest 220, the home side took the match to the final over, where they needed just seven runs to win with one wicket in hand.

After two singles, Sammy smashed Brett Lee for a boundary and with just one needed off three balls, non-striker Kemar Roach set off for a suicidal single and left his captain stranded as George Bailey and Lee combined to inflict a simple run-out, leaving the series locked at one win apiece with two matches to play.

With the exception of newcomer Johnson Charles (45), the West Indies' top order offered very little hope in their pursuit as a flurry of wickets left them floundering at 78 for five.

Xavier Doherty and Aussie captain Shane Watson were the early destroyers as they put their side on course for what looked set to be an easy victory.

The performances of Kieron Pollard (36), Carlton Baugh (33) and Andre Russell (37), however, put the Windies back in contention. It was Baugh and Russell's 64-run partnership for the seventh wicket that provided the spark for the hosts.

Watson, meanwhile, had only himself to blame for the partnership as he cleaned bowled Russell, but the batsman was called back after television replays revealed a front-foot no-ball.

After Baugh and Russell's eventual departures, it was left to all-rounder Sammy to see his side home alongside tail-enders Sunil Narine and Roach.

A few lusty blows from Narine and Roach got them to the final over, but ultimately it proved a bridge too far as the home crowd was left with the bitter-sweet result to savour.

Earlier, cruising at 202 for four, Australia promptly lost their last six wickets for just 16 runs to settle on the 220 all out.

The intensity of the contest showed in the head-to-head battles, typified by David Warner's handling of the new-ball seamers and the way Michael Hussey's dealt with spinner Narine.

The Aussies were shaky in their running between the wickets for the most part. Watson was run out, as was Doherty. The others endured a string of close calls.

Hussey and Bailey's 112-run stand was the glue that held the order together. Narine's miserly approach, in particular, never allowed for anything more than four to the over.

Hussey, though, was sure to tick through the singles while the spinner was in the attack, fetching sharp turn time and time again. The left-hander's release shot – the slog-sweep – was especially telling as six sailed over midwicket.

He enjoyed the 37th half-century of his ODI career, while Bailey cherished his first – both men fell in quick succession of each other.

Daniel Christian was left to shepherd the tail, but soon ran out of partners as Lee, Clint McKay and Doherty perished for ducks.

Narine finished the pick of the bowlers with three for 32, but Roach's figures of two for 42 should not be discounted despite their relative expense. The pace ace was key to the substandard nature of the score. His deft change of pace was well orchestrated.

The fourth ODI gets underway at Gros Islet on Friday.

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