Indian bowler Jerome Taylor, right, gestures after claiming
one of his four victims against Australia in the one day international
cricket match in the ICC Champions Trophy in Mumbai, India,
yesterday. (AP Photo)
Taylor snared a hat-trick to help defending champions West
Indies breathe life into the ICC Champions Trophy, when they
overturned World champions Australia by 10 runs in a pulsating
fourth preliminary match on Wednesday at the Brabourne Stadium.
Taylor provided a sensational climax to the match, when he
became the first West Indies bowler to snare a hat-trick in
One-day Internationals, as the Caribbean side, successfully
defended a target of 235.
The 22-year-old fast bowler removed Mike Hussey and Brett
Lee with the last two balls of the 48th over, and added the
scalp of Brad Hogg with the first ball of the final over,
as Australia were restricted to 224 for nine from their allocation
of 50 overs.
Taylor finished with four wickets for 44 runs from his allotment
of 10 overs, and gained admirable support from the rest of
the West Indies attack that all played a part in shaping the
victory with some tight, purposeful bowling.
Runako Morton, whose undefeated 90 included seven fours and
one six from 103 balls, and captain Brian Lara had set things
up for West Indies with a record fifth-wicket partnership
Typically enterprising, Lara hit seven fours and two sixes
in 71 from 94 balls and established a new West Indies ODI
record against Australia for the fifth wicket with Morton,
as West Indies reached 234 for six from their allocation of
Later, a back injury saw Lara give way to Ramnaresh Sarwan,
his deputy, to lead the West Indies for the Australian pursuit.
Things appeared to have been going awry for Sarwan and West
Indies, when Adam Gilchrist, who hit 11 fours in the top score
of 92 from 120 balls, and Michael Clarke -similarly-had the
opposition bowling at their mercy and victory in sight.
The Caribbean side had seen the pair carry Australia from
the instability of 81 for four in the 20th over to 182 for
four, when Gilchrist was run out in the 42nd over, backing
up too far looking for a single, and failing to beat Wavell
Hinds throw from backward point to Chris Gayle at the
Dwayne Bravo then held a smart, low return catch to remove
Clarke for 47 in the 47th over, much to the delight of West
Indies, who now sensed they had a chance to pull the rug from
under the Aussies.
Taylor bowled Hussey, now rated the No. 1 batsmen in the World
in ODIs, for 13, and gained a palpable lbw verdict over Lee
next ball to leave Australia on 214 for eight, needing 21
from the last 12 balls of the match.
Bravo was entrusted with the penultimate over of the match,
and conceded a mere five runs, leaving Australia needing 16
from the final over.
Taylor however, delivered a fast, straight, full-length delivery
on middle stump, and Hogg stepped inside the line, tried to
clip the ball to deep fine leg, and was bowled for 10 to snuff
the life out of Australias chances.
Earlier, West Indies looked beyond redemption, when they won
the toss, chose to bat, and sunk to 63 for four in the 15th
They suffered an early setback, when Wavell Hinds, opening
the innings in place of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, was caught
at second slip off Bracken for one in the fourth over.
Chanderpaul suffered a bout of food poisoning overnight, and
he was not selected for the match, but it was to the fortune
of West Indies that Morton took his place, and grabbed his
chance with gusto.
Hinds departure brought Dwayne Smith to the crease.
He struck a couple of sweetly-timed fours through the off-side
before he was caught at square leg off Lee for eight in the
Gayle was just getting into stride, when he edged a short,
rising ball from Shane Watson and was caught behind for 24
in the 12th over, before Sarwan was lbw to Clarke for a cameo
This brought Lara to the wicket. He played responsibly, and
gaining solid support from Morton, he steered West Indies
away from rocky waters.
Neither batsman placed a foot wrong, except when Australia
captain Ricky Ponting dropped Morton on 41 at cover.
Both batsmen seemed to be eyeing a huge flourish towards the
end, but Lara was afflicted with what has been diagnosed as
lower back spasms, and though he struck a couple delightful
balls for boundaries, he was clearly in discomfort.
The West Indies captain eventually fell to his nemesis Glenn
McGrath, caught at cover slapping a short ball, leaving Morton
and the bottom half of the batting to navigate the late overs.
West Indies then set back Australia, when Ian Bradshaw had
Shane Watson caught at mid-off for a duck in the third over,
and Taylor bowled Aussie captain Ricky Ponting for one in
the fourth over.
The pressure was just beginning to slacken on Australia, when
Taylor struck Damien Martyn on the helmet, and Bradshaw followed
up with the knockout punch in the 11th over, when he had the
batsman caught low down at cover for 17.
West Indies then found themselves on the backfoot again, when
Andrew Symonds arrived and played with his usual forthright
Gayle however, bowled the locksed-haired batsman, who was
advancing down the pitch, only to be outfoxed with a well
Clarke came to the wicket and with Gilchrist got Australia
back on track, but the World champions failed to carry on.
West Indies face India in their second match next Thursday
in Ahmedabad; Australia next tackle arch-rivals England on
Saturday at Jaipur. (CMC)