Saturday, September 26, 2009

Australia Defeated West Indies by 50 Runs in ICC Champions Trophy 2009

Defending champion Australia started off well in their title defense mission in Champions Trophy 2009. The Aussies defeated weak West Indies by 50 runs in the tournament today. Well, West Indies put on a good competition in the match even though they lost the game.

Batting first Australia scored 275 runs for 8 thanks to a blistering knock from Mitchell Johnson. The bowling all rounder played an innings of 47-ball 73, hitting eight boundaries and three over-boundaries.

However, Australian top order struggled against West Indies bowlers initially and at one point, Australia lost 7 wickets at 171. However, responsible batting from Johnson and Lee, who scored 25 off 28, helped Australia reach a commanding target. Earlier, Ponting played a slow but useful innings of 79 off 95 balls. Roach, Bernard and Miller all got 2 wickets each.

West Indies also tried their best to make a successful chase, but the Caribbean side stopped 50 runs short of the winning target, despite having a good start in the innings. Half centuries from Fletcher and Dowlin set up the much-needed platform for West Indies, but their milled order failed to continue the momentum. Mitchell Johnson was awarded the man of the match award.

With this defeat West Indies has been out of the tournament with a match still in hand. West Indies will play against India in their last game of the tournament.

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