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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 May, 2003, 21:26 GMT 22:26 UK
Australia ease to victory
Second one-day international, Jamaica: West Indies 163 all out (49 overs) lost to Australia 166-2 (35.1 overs) by eight wickets
Australia lead seven-match series 2-0

Lara and Ponting
Ponting (right) hit his second consecutive half century
Australia reasserted their dominance over West Indies in the second one-day international of the series at Sabina Park with a comfortable eight-wicket win.

Having suffered a three-wicket defeat in the fourth Test, and barely edged Saturday's opening match of the series, the tourists were back at their best.

Captain Ricky Ponting scored an unbeaten 57 to take his team home with 15 overs remaining after Glenn McGrath took four wickets, including three in the final over.

Openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden barely breaking sweat in a half-century stand.

West Indies's hopes were briefly revived when Gilchrist was caught at deep square leg off Corey Collymore for 27.

But Ponting took the crease and initially checked the hard-hitting instincts of Hayden, who hit 51, until the target was within closer range.

We will keep searching for the right opening combination
Brian Lara
Only when Carlton Baugh and Omari Banks, both appearing in their second ODI, shared a 54-run partnership for the seventh wicket did the home side's batsmen look like posting any sort of target.

After winning his second consecutive toss, Brian Lara changed tactics in opting to bat first.

But 10 balls later he was already regretting the decision as Brett Lee scooped a return catch to dismiss opener Devon Smith.

Veteran McGrath had Marlon Samuels caught behind in the ninth over and Andy Bichel took the key wickets of Lara and Chris Gayle for 28.

And there was a wicket for Jason Gillespie, back in the one-day side for Ian Harvey after missing the second half of the victorious World Cup campaign through injury.

Dangerman Ramnaresh Sarwan was caught at slip off the South Australian for 14, attempting a cut.

Ricardo Powell top-scored with 32 before he was caught at long-on off Brad Hogg.

And Banks' revival with Baugh was brought to an end when the 20-year-old top-edged an attempted pull off Lee.

McGrath congratulated
McGrath took three wickets in the final over
McGrath dismissed Baugh, Vasbert Drakes and Corey Collymore in the space of five full-pitched balls to finish the job.

Australia were forced to make two changes because of injury.

Harvey, who hit 48 and took three wickets on Saturday, missed out with an abdominal muscle strain.

And Jimmy Maher came in so that Darren Lehmann could rest a thigh strain suffered in the series-opener.

Australia have now won 19 consecutive one-day internationals and their last nine one-day meetings with the West Indies.


West Indies: Brian Lara (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (vice-captain), Omari Banks, Carlton Baugh, Jr, Corey Collymore, Mervyn Dillon, Vasbert Drakes, Chris Gayle, Ricardo Powell, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist (vice-captain), Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel, Ian Harvey, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Darren Lehmann, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds





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