Record Book – Australia v West Indies ODIs in Barbados

Following their success in the T20I series against Australia, the West Indies will be looking to continue in the same vein as they take on the five-time World Cup champions in a three-match Super League series starting today. All three ODIs will be played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. The two teams have so far faced off in six ODIs at the iconic venue. Here is a look back in time at those matches.

Marsh guides Australia to series win – Fourth ODI, 1990-91

Australia’s first ODI in Barbados was marked by a fine hundred from opener Geoff Marsh, which spurred them to their first series win in the Caribbean with a match to spare. This was in fact the first ever ODI series defeat at home for the West Indies after ten unbeaten rubbers. 

Leading 2-1, Australia posted 283/6, then their highest total against the West Indies. Marsh (113) added 144 with captain Allan Border (79) for the third wicket and 87 with Mark Waugh (49) for the fourth. Waugh also claimed 3/34 as the hosts were dismissed for 246 in 47 overs.

Hooper brilliance hits the Aussies – First ODI, 1994-95

Carl Hooper came in to bat after the run-out of captain Richie Richardson, with the score reading a wobbly 87/3. Returning to the side after having recovered from malaria, the stylish Guyanese all-rounder put on 68 from just 69 balls with Brian Lara (55) for the fourth wicket.

Hooper also added 50 for the seventh wicket with wicketkeeper Junior Murray before falling for 84 in as many balls. His effort enabled the West Indies to reach 257. David Boon matched Hooper with an unbeaten 85, but the West Indies did enough to restrict Australia to 251/6.

Wicketkeepers pack a punch – Sixth ODI, 1998-99

The seven-match series was interestingly poised at 2-2 with two matches to go. Openers Sherwin Campbell and wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs blitzed 81 in just 11 overs, with the latter going on to score 68 off 56 balls. Both batsmen fell to the leg-spin of Shane Warne (3/28).

The West Indian innings lost steam thereafter and finished at 249/8. Jacobs’ opposite number Adam Gilchrist launched the chase by racing to 64 in 55 balls. After a brief stutter, Michael Bevan and Shane Lee put on 47* to steer Australia to a four-wicket win with nine balls left.

Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin added 192 for the fourth wicket at Bridgetown in 2016, but Australia went on to win by six wickets (source – AFP)

West Indies square the series amid drama – Seventh ODI, 1998-99

The pace trio of Mervyn Dillon, Curtly Ambrose and Reon King reduced Australia to 80/5, before Michael Bevan, Shane Lee (47) and Tom Moody (50*) combined to bolster the total to 252/9. In response, Campbell (62) and Jacobs (54) opened in style again, this time raising 99.

When on 52, Campbell was run out after colliding with the bowler. This led to the crowd hurling bottles. Australia later withdrew the appeal, and the target was reduced to 196 from 40 overs after a 45-minute holdup. The Windies secured an eight-wicket win in the 37th over.    

A Samuels hundred in vain – Eighth ODI, Tri-Nation Series, 2016

This was the penultimate round-robin game of a keenly-contested tri-series that also featured South Africa. When Marlon Samuels was joined by Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies were struggling at a dire 31/3. Their stand garnered 192, before Ramdin perished for a 92-ball 91.

Samuels ended up with 125 in 134 balls, carrying the West Indies to 282/8. Though Australia fell to 99/3, a fourth-wicket alliance of 122 between captain Steven Smith (78) and Mitchell Marsh (79*) plus Glenn Maxwell’s rapid 46* handed them a six-wicket win in the 49th over.

Australia prevail in summit clash – Final, Tri-Nation Series, 2016

The West Indies made it to the final after trouncing South Africa by 100 runs in the last league match, but could not overcome the Australian challenge. Australia were in a spot of bother at 173/6 in the 37th over, before Matthew Wade’s spirited 57* ensured a total of 270/9.

Johnson Charles (45) started the chase steadily, but a collapse of four for 23 – three of the wickets falling to Mitchell Marsh (3/32) – saw the score nosedive to 72/4. Josh Hazlewood (5/50) maintained Australia’s grip, and the Windies were bowled out for 212 in the 46th over.


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