Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder hit half-centuries each as West Indies got the better of Australia in the second One-Day International at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Saturday and levelled the three-match series 1-1. With the win, Windies secured a crucial 10 Super League points and will aim for another 10 in the third match of the series.
Replying to the tourists' total of 187 all out, Pooran's unbeaten 59 and 52 from former captain Holder lifted the home team from the discomfort of 72 for five with a 93-run partnership which tilted the balance of the match in their favour despite the threat of fast bowler Mitchell Starc who finished with three for 26.
"It was a bit tricky, you couldn't drive the ball properly, so you just had to fight and fight. I was just trying to back my strengths and my abilities to hit hard and go over. Jason had a clear plan to defend off the back foot and it worked tonight," Pooran said after the win.
Australia had slumped to 45 for six batting first but their lower order proved resilient with Wes Agar top-scoring with 41 at number ten in the batting order while Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa contributed 36 apiece. Spinner Akeal Hosein and seamer Alzarri Joseph took three wickets each for the West Indies.
"It was an interesting game in the end. It doesn't help when you are five for not a lot. Wade and the bowlers brought us back into the game.We created opportunities in the end, but we were at least 30 runs short. Spin is a threat on these wickets. With the new ball it might spin and bounce a little bit more. A great effort to get to 190. Our bowlers did a fantastic job. We had an opportunity to crack it open again," Carey said in his assessment.