Samuels leads Windies to key win over Aussies

Marlon Samuels – a classy knock.
Marlon Samuels – a classy knock.

Marlon Samuels, the 35-year-old Jamaica and West Indies allrounder, stroked a classy knock of 92 to lead West Indies to a four-wicket victory over Australia in the fifth match of the Ballr Cup Tri-Nation ODI series last Monday at Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Australia sent in to bat scored 265 for seven wickets in their 50 overs with opener Usman Khawaja topscoring with 98, skipper Steve Smith made 74 and George Bailey scored 55. Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite and Kieron Pollard took two wickets each.

West Indies chasing 266 for victory, reached their target after losing six wickets in their 45.4 overs.

Windies openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher put on 74 for the first wicket, with Charles stroking 48 from 38 balls and Fletcher scored a run-a-ball 27.

Man-of-the-Match Samuels’ knock of 92 came from just 87 balls which included four sixes and eight fours in his 27th ODI half-century and his first against Australia. Samuels made his ODI debut for the West Indies against Sri Lanka in October 2000.

The tournament continues with each team playing six matches. The top two will qualify for the June 26 final in Barbados.

The sixth match was played yesterday between West Indies and South Africa.

The three remaining matches will be played in Barbados: South Africa vs Australia on June 19, West Indies vs Australia on June 21 and South Africa on June 24.