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Last Updated: Friday, 30 May, 2003, 21:55 GMT 22:55 UK
Hinds inspires Windies win
Sixth one-day international, Grenada: West Indies (254-7) beat Australia 252 all out (50 overs) by three wickets

Wavell Hinds was in top form for the West Indies against Australia
Hinds hit only his second century in 74 matches
The West Indies raced to a three-wicket victory over Australia in Grenada to secure their second successive one-day win over the World Cup holders.

Opening batsman Wavell Hinds anchored the home side's innings and remained unbeaten on 125.

Ramnaresh Sarwan added some support with his half-century knock after the Australian bowling attack had seen off Chris Gayle and captain Brian Lara.

Australia had set the home side a decent victory target of 253 thanks to Adam Gilchrist's 64 and Andy Bichel's 41 off 40 balls at number eight.

But it was 26-year-old Hinds who grabbed all the glory at Queen's Park as he raced to a magnificent 125 off just 140 deliveries.

Hinds hit six sixes and five boundaries on his way to his second one-day international century, the first by any batsman in the Caribbean series.

Lara looked to have left his side in the lurch when he was caught and bowled by Andrew Symonds for 15 leaving his side at 67 for two in the 16th over.

But Hinds dug in and built a solid third-wicket partnership with Sarwan of 114 runs to set the Windies on the path to victory.

Brett Lee ended Sarwan's innings in the 40th over and was the best of the Australian bowlers, finishing with figures of three for 50.

The tourists got off to an absolute flyer through Gilchrist and Matty Hayden. But in the end 252 was a pretty decent total after a mid-innings wobble.

Leading the seven-match series 4-1, the Aussies raced to 90 without loss after 14 overs.

Wavell played a fantastic innings but we never really nailed any partnerships
Australia captain Ricky Ponting
But Ricky Ponting ran himself out for two before Gilchrist, the very next ball, slashed Marlon Samuels straight to Brain Lara at backward point.

It improved the overall picture for the home side after Merv Dillon's first eight overs were hammered for 52 by Gilchrist and Hayden (29).

Gilchrist hit one Dillon over for 16, hitting the last ball high over square leg for six.

When Hayden tried to repeat the shot off Collymore he was caught in the deep and Ponting and Gilchrist were also soon back in the hutch.

Despite Darren Lehamnn's important 43, Australia continued to lose wickets and at 193-7 things did not look too good.

But Bichel put on 50 at a run a ball with Brett Lee to ensure he and his other bowlers would have a good total to defend.

Samuels and Chris Gayle both bowled 10-over spells, and both combined economy with wicket-taking ability, collectively grabbing 5-76.


Australia: A Gilchrist, M Hayden, R Ponting (capt), A Symonds, D Lehmann, J Maher, B Hogg, A Bichel, B Lee, N Hauritz, J Gillespie.

West Indies: C Gayle, W Hinds, B Lara (capt), R Sarwan, M Samuels, R Powell, R Jacobs, V Drakes, D Bernard, M Dillon, C Collymore.



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