Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and live cricket updates post of the fifth One-Day International (ODI) between West Indies and Australia. This is the fifth ODI of the ongoing Tri-Nation ODI series in the West Indies, and it can be said that this is the second leg of the series. West Indies and Australia have clashed earlier, with the visitors taking lead by 6 wickets against hosts. This game will be played at the Warner Park in St Kitts, and Australia will be looking to earn the final spot in this series. In the hindsight, West Indies will want to avenge their earlier defeat against visitors. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Australia, Tri-Nation Series, 5th ODI at St.Kitts

Live cricket scores & updates | West Indies 266/6 in 45.4 Overs | TARGET 266 | Kieron Pollard 16(12), Carlos Brathwaite 3(7): ALL OVER AT Basseterre. West Indies wrap up the game with 26 balls and 4 wickets remaining. Although Adam Zampa picked two crucial wickets in between, he was expensive giving 60 runs in 7 overs. The duo of James Faulkner and Travis Head bowled economically but could not make many breakthroughs. While Faulkner removed the set man Charles, Head went wicket-less. Australia easily fell short by 20-30 runs at the end, this results leaves them with a lot of thinking before the other matches.

Live cricket scores & updates | West Indies 180/3 in 33 Overs | TARGET 266 | Marlon Samuels 58(63), Denesh Ramdin 3(7): OUT! Zampa again. He was removed by Smith after he was smashed for 11 in an over. Smith brings him back and Zampa does not disappoint his skipper once again. Zampa gets the right turn, as Bravo looks to work it to the on-side, he ends up giving an easy catch to Wade behind the wickets. Bravo and Samuels put up 82 runs and this stand was looking dangerous, they could take away the game from the Aussies. Game is not over yet. Samuels is still at the crease. The man who has been unbeaten in 2 World T20 finals and won West Indies those games. OUT! Darren Bravo c Matthew Wade b Adam Zampa 39(63)

Live cricket scores & updates | West Indies 161/2 in 30 Overs | TARGET 266 | Darren Bravo 38(61), Marlon Samuels 44(54): Australia need a wicket here. The required rate at the moment is well under 6 and with these two well settled down, its danger for the visitors. Travis Head and Faulkner have been economical but they need to make a breakthrough to put Australia ahead here.

Live cricket scores & updates | West Indies 99/2 in 16 Overs | TARGET 266 | Darren Bravo 20(22), Marlon Samuels 2(9): Charles gets ‘Zamplified’ 😀 Adam Zampa is the sixth bowler Smith has introduced. He comes in and picks a wicket in the very 4th ball he bowls. Charles waits for the delivery to come, he goes to defend and Zampa traps him in front of the middle stump. Zampa has been impressive game after game. Zampa comes back again in the 16th over but is smashed for 11 runs. Bravo and Samuels together take 16 runs. OUT! Johnson Charles LBW Adam Zampa 48(38)

Live cricket scores & updates | West Indies 83/1 in 12 Overs | TARGET 266 | Johnson Charles 48(37), Darren Bravo 6(8): FINALLY a WICKET! George Bailey makes no mistake in taking a catch here. Faulkner makes the crucial breakthrough as he breaks the opening partnership by removing Fletcher. The West Indian earlier received a life when Khawaja dropped him. He was on duck when his catch was dropped. Khawaja then dropped Charles’ catch, who is still playing. No Australian bowler bowls that slower delivery as well as Faulkner and this ability of his helps him here. Fletcher picked the wrong region and gives an easy catch to Bailey at backward point. OUT! Andre Fletcher c George Bailey b James Faulkner 27(27)

Live cricket scores & updates | West Indies 52/0 in 6 Overs | TARGET 266 | Johnson Charles 29(16), Andre Fletcher 22(20): Excellent start by the hosts. The required run is under 5, with all the wickets in hand. Both the pacers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Josh Hazlewood have been expensive so far, with the former going almost 10 an over.

INNINGS BREAK

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 265/7 in 50 Overs | James Faulkner 4(3), Nathan Coulter-Nile 1(1): FIRST INNINGS COMES TO AN END. Bailey took charge after the dismissal of Smith. he scored a fifty after seven innings. Finds form at the very right time. Matthew Wade as expected failed to deliver as he lasted only for three balls. The wicket-takers for West Indies were skipper Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard and Carlos Brathwaite, they bagged two wickets each. OUT! Mitchell Marsh c Jason Holder b Carlos Brathwaite 16(16), OUT! Travis Head c Denesh Ramdin b Kieron Pollard 1(2), Matthew Wade b Jason Holder 5(3), OUT! George Bailey c Denesh Ramdin b Kieron Pollard 55(56)

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 208/3 in 43 Overs | George Bailey 25(34), Mitchell Marsh 2(5): Khawaja gets trapped in the NERVOUS NINETIES. Benn dismisses him in the 41st over, as the Australian falls short of two runs for his maiden ODI ton. Unlucky Khawaja and Australia. Junior Marsh joins Bailey at the crease. OUT! Usman Khawaja run out (Jerome Taylor/Andre Fletcher) 98(123)

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 179/2 in 37 Overs | Usman Khawaja 93(112), George Bailey 5(14): West Indies finally made a breakthrough. Carlos Brathwaite removed skipper Smith in the first ball of the 35th over. A leg-cutter from the West Indian that tempts Smith who goes down for a slog but gets a thick too-edge that lands as a return catch for the bowler. Bailey in next. Meanwhile, Khawaja is slowly nearing his maiden ODI century. OUT! Steven Smith c & b Carlos Brathwaite 74(95)

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 166/1 in 33 Overs | Usman Khawaja 88(106), Steven Smith 71(91): Still no wicket. Smith and Khawaja are playing some sensible cricket here. West Indies must make a breakthrough in order to deny the opponents a big total at the end. A total of 6 bowlers have come into action, with Kieron Pollard being the newest. He has bowled 2 overs, but was not successful in breaking this partnership. They have put on 165 runs for the 2nd wicket now.

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 124/1 in 26 Overs | Usman Khawaja 67(81), Steven Smith 56(74): Sulieman Benn is having a great battle against Smith. The 25th over begins with Smith smashing him for a SIX over the long-ob boundary. Next 4 balls go for DOTS. WIth ball after ball Benns gets aggressive. Smith comes ahead in the 5th delivery, Benn collects the ball and throws it to get Smith run out. However the Australian skipper makes it to the crease, falls on the left though. 29 runs off the last 5 overs. The over ends wit Smith winning the battle as he brings up his second consecutive FIFTY of this series with a SIX over the deep mid-wicket fence.

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 92/1 in 20 Overs | Usman Khawaja 53(63), Steven Smith 38(56): Khawaja brings up a second consecutive FIFTY in this Tri-Nation Series. With him skipper Smith looks in a great touch too. In the absence of David Warner and now Finch has been dismissed early, these two have to put up  abig stand for the second wicket. Although Australia have scored only 17 runs in the last 5 overs, they have managed to not lose a wicket. Good comeback for them after West Indies made a breakthrough in the very first over of the day.

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 25/1 in 7 Overs | Usman Khawaja 19 (26), Steven Smith 5 (15): No harm done following the loss of the opening wicket in the form of Aaron Finch as the present batsmen make sure that they don’t suffer further early setbacks and play out the powerplay phase in a respectable manner.

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 3/1 in 2 Overs | Usman Khawaja 3 (9), Steven Smith 0 (2): OUT! Jason Holder draws first blood on the third ball of the contest. Bowls in the corridor of uncertainty, Holder produces extra bounce as well as lateral movement, Finch edges it to Sulieman Benn in the slip cordon. OUT! Aaron Finch c Sulieman Benn b Jason Holder 0 (1)

Playing XI:

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

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

TOSS: West Indies win toss, opt to field.

Australia have received a big blow with the absence of their key player David Warner. Australia will however have to find a solution the void created by absence of Warner. The match will also give a good indication of how heavily dependent the team is on Warner. Apart from Warner, skipper Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja have also been effective with their contribution with their fifties against South Africa in the previous outing. Warner’s absence adds further responsibility on these batsmen. Glenn Maxwell might gets a call now to prove his stance, if not then Travis Head will be welcomed in the squad.

Their ace spinner Sunil Narine has been the bright spot after his performance in the opening match of the series as well as in IPL. Playing an ODI series for the first time in six months, Narine has been crucial for West Indies. He will be the key against Australia’s strong batting order.

Squads:

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

Australia: Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon, James Faulkner, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Travis Head.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Australia, Tri-Nation Series, 5th ODI at St.Kitts

Live cricket scores & updates | Australia 124/1 in 26 Overs | Usman Khawaja 67(81), Steven Smith 56(74): Sulieman Benn is having a great battle against Smith. The 25th over begins with Smith smashing him for a SIX over the long-ob boundary. Next 4 balls go for DOTS. WIth ball after ball Benns gets agrressive. Smith comes ahead in the 5th delivery, Benn collects the ball and throws it to get Smith run out. However the Australian skipper makes it to the crease, falls on the left though. 29 runs off the last 5 overs. The over ends wit Smith winning the battle as he brings up his second consecutive FIFTY of this series with a SIX over the deep mid-wicket fence.