Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of  Match 8 of the Tri-Nation series One-Day International (ODI) match between West Indies and Australia at Bridgetown, Barbados. This is Arun Rawal and I will be bringing you the live updates of this match. Australia have played five games and have won two of them. They lost two matches and one ended in a draw owing to rain. West Indies, on the other hand have the same number of wins and losses, but they have featured in one match less. As per the current standings, Australia are at second position with 11 points whereas West Indies have eight points and are at the third and last position in this Tri-Nation series. Live Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs Australia, Match 8, Tri-Nation Series 2016 at Barbados

Australia are through to the final of Tri-series with 15 points. West Indies are in a difficult state now as they need to beat South Africa and that too by a big margin to revive their chances of reaching the final. That’s it for today’s coverage, stay tuned to CricketCountry.com for more updates.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 283/4 in 48.4 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Mitchell Marsh 79(85), Glenn Maxwell 46(26): Maxwell makes it look easy. He steps in the ground when Australia were in trouble and then starts hitting the ball all around the park for boundaries. He takes the pressure of Marsh and barely gives him any strike. He took on Narine, Gabriel on his own conceding runs through fours and sixes. Australia reach home comfortably with eight balls to spare.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 242/4 in 45 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Mitchell Marsh 71(77), Glenn Maxwell 13(12): Australia lost their fourth wicket in the form of Smith. He was run out in an attempt to take an extra run. Maxwell walks into bat. The stage is set for a Maxi special cameo. He has just three runs to his name in the series so far and this is the perfect chance to prove himself. Meanwhile Marsh is keeping the scoreboard ticking and preventing the run rate from going out of the hand.

OUT!!! Steven Smith run out 78(107)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 210/3 in 40 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Steven Smith 74(103), Mitchell Marsh 61(63): Smith and Marsh have started to shift gears as they prepare for fireworks in the ending stages of the game. Marsh was looking positive till he tried to play against the spin. It went up in the air but luckily for him it dropped in no man’s land. Smith too is trying to hit the ball as hard he can. West Indies are trying to put pressure and make them play big shots.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 175/3 in 35 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Steven Smith 57(87), Mitchell Marsh 45(49): Smith is struggling to score runs. That is clearly not a good sign for Australia chase as they need to shift gears now before the run rate goes out of hand. On the other hand Marsh is looking good trying to work the ball into the gaps. Smith looks frustrated from the way he is playing and might try a few rash shots shortly.  

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 157/3 in 30 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Steven Smith 46(66), Mitchell Marsh 35(34): These two are looking dangerous now having played themselves in. Skipper Smith is close to his half cnetury and on his way to win this match for Australia. Marsh too has defeated the ghosts of the past and for the first time is hitting the ball well here in West Indies. Smith has taken a backseat now whereas Marsh is trying to hit boundaries and get some pressure off them. The required run rate is also mounting with every over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 130/3 in 25 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Steven Smith 40(55), Mitchell Marsh 19(21): Australian batsmen seem to have settled in. Smith and Marsh are playing the waiting game here with patience. They are not giving anything to West Indies. Smith is on his way to a captain’s knock leading the team from the front and trying not to lose his wicket. Marsh was looking sloppy early on but now looking comfortable on the crease. West Indies need a breakthrough here.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 102/3 in 20 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Steven Smith 31(41), Mitchell Marsh 1(5): Benn removes bailey as he was looking comfortable in the crease. West Indies are slowly building pressure on Australia with spin from both ends. Narine and Benn have succeeded to stop the flow of runs and make them play a loose shot. Marsh comes in to bat who has not done well in this series. This is his chance to prove himself. A lot depends on how Smith to decide the fate of the match.

OUT!!! George Bailey c Pollard b Benn 34(46)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 85/2 in 15 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Steven Smith 21(28), George Bailey 29(34): These tow have now put on 50 runs for third wicket. They have settled in and trying to cruise towards the total. Bailey and Smith are not taking any risks trying to keep their wickets intact as middle order’s form has not been top notch in this tournament. West Indies will be looking to stop the flow of runs and make them play a few big shots. Sunil Narine has been brought in to the attack.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 60/2 in 10 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Steven Smith 11(14), George Bailey 14(16): West Indies are back into the game as Khawaja walks back to the pavilion with Shannon Gabriel taking his wicket on his debut. Bailey came in and he was beaten early on in the innings and a couple of them took a thick edge towards the boundary. It is not going to be a one sided affair between West Indies and Australia. Australia are looking for a partnership here between these two as their middle order has not done well in this tournament. 

OUT!!! Usman Khawaja c Ramdin b Gabriel 17 (17)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: Australia 35/1 in 5 overs | Target 283 |BATTING| Usman Khawaja (17(16), Steven Smith 0(3): Australia got off to a flyer with 12 runs off the first over. Both Khawaja and Finch launched an onslaught on West Indies bowling attack early on in the innings. Gabriel and Holder were taking a beating as Brathwaite replaced Holder to bowl in 5th over. He stood up to the task and removed Finch who was trying to work the ball towards leg side from off side. The ball had some pace and bounce in it as it took a leaning edge to mid-off. West Indies have a chance here to put Australia under pressure.

OUT!!! Aaron Finch c Samuels b Brathwaite 16(11)

INNINGS BREAK!!!

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 282/8 in 50 overs | Sunil Narine 1(2): West Indies managed to put up a respectable total here at St Kitts. Samuels scored a splendid century to take them to 282 for 8 in full quota of 50 overs. Ramdin failed to reach his century as Starc removed him by knocking off his stumps. Pollard too had a short stay at the pitch as he was trying to score runs quickly. Brathwaite and skipper Holder too got out cheaply in order to score quickly. Samuels got out off the last ball to put an end to a brilliant innings. Australia have a tough task ahead beating West Indies and reaching the Final of Tri-series.

OUT!!! Marlon Samuels c Marsh b Faulkner 125 (134)

OUT!!! Jason Holder c Marsh b Faulkner 1(2)

OUT!!! Carlos Brathwaite b Boland 7(6)

OUT!!! Kieron Pollard c Marsh b Boland 20(18)

OUT!!! Dinesh Ramdin b Starc 91(92)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 220/3 in 42 overs | Marlon Samuels 95(116), Denesh Ramdin 90(90): Strange to see that Samuels has taken the backseat now as Ramdin has shifted gears. He has scored 43 runs in the last 23 balls. He struck Starc for a couple of sixes over his head. If they continue like this 300 might be possible at the end of the innings. Australia are looking frustrated with the way this partnership is going as the brought back Starc back into the attack but that didn’t seem to work for them so far as he got picked off boundaries too.  

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 164/3 in 35 overs | Marlon Samuels 83(97), Denesh Ramdin 47(67): The flow of runs has taken a hit now. They are taking it slow in the middle overs. Samuels has not looked comfortable against spin bowling. Glenn Maxwell has come to bowl. Faulkner is bowling from the other end meanwhile. Just 19 runs from the last five overs. If they accelerate now, there is a chance that they might get past 300 mark. Samuels is cruising towards his century and Ramdin just three runs away from his eight ODI fifty.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 143/3 in 30 overs | Marlon Samuels 71(76), Denesh Ramdin 40(58): Samuels and Ramdin are turning it on here at Barbados. They are taking on the Australian bowling attack as the ball is getting old and the wicket isn’t providing much support to the bowlers. Samuels has completed his 5,000 ODI runs and on his way to complete his century. Aaron Finch has been introduced into the attack. The left-arm bowler has not been able to put on a break on the flow of runs. Ramdin too is trying to score runs as he looks settled at the crease.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 116/3 in 25 overs | Marlon Samuels 60(57), Denesh Ramdin 24(47): Suddenly, the game has shifted towards West Indies now. Samuels has shifted gears as he reaches his half century. He starts off by hitting a six of Boland continued by a few more boundaries in the next few overs. Samuels is going towards another big score similar to his effort the last time these two teams met at St Kitts where he scored 92. Ramdin is playing the role of an anchor now, hanging in there and letting Samuels do the hitting. 47 runs in the last five overs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 69/3 in 20 overs | Marlon Samuels 23(40), Denesh Ramdin 15(34): These two batsman have shared a partnership of 38 runs now. Scott Boland and James Faulkner have succeeded in keeping Samuels and Ramdin quiet for a while. Although, if Samuels gets going he can prove dangerous towards the end of the innings.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 51/3 in 15 overs | Marlon Samuels 12(21), Denesh Ramdin 9(23): Samuels and Ramdin are trying not to lose their wickets and build a partnership. With Starc and Hazlewood completing his first spell, they have time to play themselves in. Samuels scored 92 the last time played against Australia. He will look to do something similar to that here at Barbados.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 36/3 in 10 overs | Marlon Samuels 2(4), Denesh Ramdin 4(10): Australia have suddenly put the pressure back on West Indies. Bravo was looking dangerous hitting a few boundaries but his stay at the crease was short-lived by Hazlweood’s brilliance as he gives a simple catch to Smith who takes his second one today. Fletcher to became a victim of Starc as the ball takes a leaning edge towards Mitchell Marsh who takes it comfortably. Samuels and Ramdin are new to the crease and need to stay there to give their team a fighting chance and build a partnership between them.

OUT!!! Andre Fletcher c Mitchell Marsh b Mitchell Starc 9 (22)

OUT!!! Darren Bravo c Steven Smith b Josh Hazlewood 15 (20)

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 13/1 in 6 overs | Andre Fletcher 1(15), Darren Bravo 10(17): A rather slow start to the proceedings here at Barabados. Fletcher is being over cautious and barely surviving on the crease with Starc’s onslaught. Bravo is looking promising as he is trying to play himself in.

LIVE CRICKET SCORES & UPDATES: West Indies 3/1 in 3 overs | Andre Fletcher 0(10), Darren Bravo 1(4): West Indies are off to a sloppy start with Charles going back to the pavilion without scoring. Starc is looking dangerous today bowling at a decent pace and picking up a wicket in the first over of the innings. Darren Bravo comes out to play and he has been cautious trying not to lose his wicket and add to the misery of West Indies. Fletcher too is surviving the attack of both Starc and Josh Hazlewood trying to keep his wicket intact.

OUT!!! Jonathan Charles c Steven Smith b Mitchell Starc 0(4)

TOSS: Australia’s Steven Smith has won the toss and elected to put West Indies into batting first.

A lot of big names from these two teams are expected to take on each other in this encounter making it quite interesting. Steven Smith is captain of the Australian team whereas Jason Holder will lead the West Indies. There is one more match to be played after this and before the final. This fixture is scheduled for Friday. Both the 9th match and the final will be played at the same venue Barbados. Since the three teams are sitting very close in the current standings, this eighth match becomes important for both Australia and West Indies.

Besides Australia’s skipper Smith, a few other big batsmen in their squad are Aaron Finch, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell. They also have the services of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa in the bowling department. West Indies too have some really special cricketers in their squad viz. Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, and let us not forget their captain Holder.

Squads:

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn, Jonathan Carter, Shannon Gabriel, Ashley Nurse

Australia: Steven Smith (c), Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa

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