Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Match 2 between West Indies and Australia of West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2016 at Guyanan’s Providence Stadium on Sunday. I am Pramod Ananth, and I will bring you all the live updates and scores from this thriller of a contest. In the first match of this tri-series, West Indies beat South Africa by 4 wickets, thanks to Sunil Narine’s magical 6 for 27. In fact, it was West Indies’ second win in 19 matches against South Africa. Given they have been in downward spiral in ODI cricket, they will leave no stone unturned to come up victorious in this electrifying series. If they manage to edge past Australia as well, the next contest between the mighty Aussies and the rampant Proteas will be nothing but a thriller of contest. Full Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs Australia, 2nd ODI Match, Australia and South Africa in West Indies Tri-Series, 2016

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Live cricket score updates | Australia 117/4 | 25.4 overs | TARGET: 117| David Warner 55 (55), Mitchell Marsh 9 (19): David Warner remains unbeaten on 55 as Australia thrash West Indies by 6 wickets and have also earned a bonus point in the process. Mitchell Marsh held his nerve in the end and managed to support Warner. Australia had lost three quick wickets, but with target so less, they managed to get home easily in the end. It took Australia just 25.4 overs to finish this match.

Live cricket score updates | Australia 109/4 | 24 overs | TARGET: 117| David Warner 50 (49), Mitchell Marsh 6 (15): West Indies have picked up a couple of wickets and it is Narine, who has done the damage. He first removed Smith then followed it up with the wicket of Maxwell couple of deliveries later. But Warner has held fort at one end and is going well at the moment. He also brought up his fifty. OUT! Steven Smith LBW b Narine 6 (10),  Glenn Maxwell b Narine 0 (2)

Live cricket score updates | Australia 92/2 | 19 overs | TARGET: 117| David Warner 39 (38),Steven Smith 6 (8): Usman Khawaja too has to walk back to the hut after playing a decent hand. Suliemann Benn picks up his wicket. Australia are however comfortably placed at the moment and look well on course to secure the bonus point as well. Aussie skipper Steven Smith is the new batsman. OUT! Usman Khawaja c Holder b Benn 27 (38)

Live cricket score updates | Australia 66/1 | 12 overs | TARGET: 117| David Warner 29 (22), Usman Khawaja 17 (20): And we are back after the dinner break and Australia are in firm control of the match at the moment. Warner and Khawaja are playing sensibly and seem to be in no hurry to finish the match quickly. West Indies perhaps need a miracle, if they are to win the match from here.

DINNER BREAK! Australia need just 63 more to win from 40 overs to win this match. If they win the match before 40 overs, they will earn a bonus point.

Live cricket score updates | Australia 54/1 | 10 overs | TARGET: 117| David Warner 26 (19), Usman Khawaja 8 (11): Australia have lost the wicket of Finch, but are firmly in control of the match at the moment. Usman Khawaja and David Warner will want to make sure that there aren’t any more hiccups in this match. OUT! Aaron Finch LBW b Holder 19 (30)

Live cricket score updates | West Indies 116 | 32.3 overs | Jerome Taylor 5 (8): All over for West Indies! Brathwaite is the last man out and Australia need just over 2 an over to win this match and register their first win of the tri-series. Lyon and Zampa finished with three wickets apiece. OUT! Carlos Brathwaite c Finch b Zampa 21 (48)

Live cricket score updates | West Indies 112/9 | 31 overs | Carlos Brathwaite 21 (45), Jerome Taylor 1 (4): Brathwaite and Narine are still hanging in there. Brathwaite has hit a couple of big ones and has taken West Indies past the 100-run mark. They will need much more from him today, if the hosts are to give a good fight. OUT! Denesh Ramdin LBW b Maxwell 12 (30), Jason Holder b Zampa 1 (6), Suliemann Benn c & b Lyon 3 (7), Sunil Narine st Wade b Zampa 5 (8)

Live cricket score updates | West Indies 85/5 | 22 overs | Denesh Ramdin  12 ( 28): West Indies have lost a couple of wickets more and find themselves in deep trouble. Brathwaite and Ramdin will hope that they can take their team past the 200-run mark. The Australian bowlers have been on the money and will hope that they can knock over the remaining batsmen as soon as possible. OUT! Marlon Samuels LBW b Lyon  10 (14), Kieron Pollard c Warner b Lyon 0 (1)

Live cricket score updates | West Indies 62/3 | 14 overs | Dinesh Ramdin  1 ( 3), Marlon Samuels 6 (8): Australia put West Indies on the back foot, as they scalped 2 wickets in a matter of 2 overs. Mitchell Marsh dismissed Darren Bravo on 19.Given West Indies were under pressure, captain Steven Smith brought Mitchell Starc back into the attack. He struck again, as his lethal yorker dismantled the in-form Charles’ defence. OUT! Darren Bravo c Zampa b Mitchell Marsh 19 (31), OUT! Johnson Charles b Mitchell Starc 22 (40)

Live cricket score updates | West Indies 48/1 | 10 overs | Johnson Charles 19 (28), Darren Bravo 19 (30): West Indies are going at a steady pace. Charles and Bravo have not thrown their wickets away and are approaching their 50-run mark.

Live cricket score updates | West Indies 27/1 | 5 overs | Johnson Charles 9 (13), Darren Bravo 10 (14): Hazlewood and Starc have kept things tight so far and the West Indies batsmen are looking clueless at the moment. The top-order did not fire in the first match against South Africa as well, but will be looking to put up a better show today. Darren Bravo has played a couple of good looking shots nevertheless.

Live cricket score updates | West Indies 7/1 | 2 overs | Johnson Charles 2 (1), Darren Bravo 0 (1): Mitchell Starc started the proceeding for Australia. He was right on the money in his first over. Bowled a couple of sharp, toe-crushing yorkers. Andre Fletcher did well to tackle the in-swingers but eventually holed out a pitched delivery to Glenn Maxwell at backward point.

Josh Hazlewood, at the other end, kept things quiet with his disciplined line and length. The onus is now on Johnson Charles and Darren Bravo to stitch up a vital partnership.

TOSS UPDATE: Australia win toss and elect to bowl.

Playing XI:

Australia: Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steven Smith (c), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (c), Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn

The track at the Providence Stadium has been a paradise for the spinners for the past few years. In 2014, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi scalped 7 wickets and conceded only 12 runs against West Indies on the same track, which was followed by Narine’s 4-wicket haul. Australia have two spinners in Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon in their ranks, along with the part-timer Glenn Maxwell. Thus, it will be interesting to see if captain Steven Smith prefers spinners over the fiery pacers.

Good news for Australia is that their star fast bowler Mitchell Marsh, who was out of the action due to an ankle injury, will make a comeback after 6 months. He was the joint highest wicket-taker in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. With him back in the side, it will be an uphill task for the West Indies batsmen to score runs at a brisk rate.

West Indies, on the other hand, will look to continue the winning momentum.


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

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

Live cricket score card and ball-by-ball commentary, West Indies vs Australia, Match 2, West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2016