14-Feb-2010 12:35:00 GMT
Australia v West Indies, 4th ODI, Brisbane
Ponting Stars in Series Success Against Windies
Brisbane: A convincing 50-run win at the Gabba on Saturday night has seen Australia clinch the Commonwealth Bank series against the West Indies.
Set an imposing target of 325 after Rick Ponting's sparkling century in the first innings, the tourists never looked like reaching the record score at the ground.
However to their credit, they did manage to bat through the whole 50 overs reaching what would be considered a competitive first innings total of 8-274.
Twenty20 specialist Kieron Pollard top scored for the Windies with a quick-fire 62 off 55 and along with Dwayne Smith (58 not out) combined for a 102-run partnership.
Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris both took two wickets for Australia, with Bollinger dismissing Windies skipper Chris Gayle yet again.
Top scoring with 106 from 112 balls, Ponting's 29th one-day century was his first in Brisbane and helped Australia onto the highest ODI score ever seen at the ground.
Ponting's clinical innings contained just six boundaries and two sixes but was characterised by two crucial partnerships.
Firstly a 52-run second-wicket stand with fellow Tasmanian Tim Paine (24) followed by a 131-run combination with Cameron White who made an impressive 63 from 78 balls.
Mike Hussey (23 off 17) and James Hopes (42 off 21) helped the hosts reach their mammoth total with some late power hitting as the West Indies pace attack watched in horror as the scoreboard ticked over 300.
Taking a nasty hit to the back of the head, White was cleared of any serious damage after going for an x-ray at a local Brisbane hospital.
Beginning their mammoth run chase, Gayle needed to stand firm and he did by blasting six boundaries in the first five overs.
Refusing to take up anything less than an attacking stance, the big left hander moved the tourists onto 0-42 after five overs but that was as testing as things got.
Losing two wickets without score, Travis Dowlin (eight) was the first to go edging Ryan Harris through to Paine behind the stumps.
Gayle's brazen 34 from 21 - his highest score for the one-day series so far, continued his woes as Bollinger's bunny and heaped the pressure on the Windies top-order.
Bowling in front of his home crowd, Hopes' introduction in the 10th over worked with Lendl Simmons (one) departing cheaply to leave the West Indies struggling at 3-55.
With the Aussies right on top, the batting side could only manage to add a disappointing 10 runs to their total by the end of the 15th over with Wavell Hinds and Narsingh Deonarine struggling to keep out Mitchell Johnson and Hopes.
To their credit Hinds and Deonarine bunkered down and were able to bring up the 100 for the West Indies.
But a mix up in the 21st over saw Hopes throw down the stumps with a direct hit dismissing Hinds for 20 after Deonarine refused a quick single.
Playing some positive shots, Deonarine brought up his half-century shovelling Hauritz over mid-wicket, however he was out the very next delivery when he found Harris at long off.
Denesh Ramdin (15) was the next to depart playing Bollinger's delivery onto his stumps in the 31st over, leaving his side 6-146.
Pollard provided some fight for the Windies, hitting the first six of the innings in the 35th over when he dumped Harris' slower ball over mid-wicket.
Voges gave Smith a lifeline when he dropped a sitter at mid-off two overs later and the middle order batsman made the Australian's pay by taking eight from the over.
The 102-run partnership between Pollard and Smith finally came to an end when Johnson snared his first wicket of the innings after Pollard picked out Hussey down the ground perfectly.
Smith's half-century came in the same over when he hit Johnson for consecutive sixes down the ground.
Australia: 325 for 7 (Ponting 106, White 63)
West Indies: 275 for 8 (Deonarine 53, Pollard 62, Smith 58*)
Result: West Indies won by 50 runs
MOM: Ricky Ponting (Australia)