Playing at a packed Kingstown stadium yesterday, an exciting end to the third One Day International saw the West Indies and Australia play a tie.
Needing one run from the final three balls to ensure a West Indies victory, Darren Sammy was run out in a horrible mix-up with batting partner Kemar Roach leaving the scores level with two balls remaining.
Sammy had hit a four from the previous ball to level the match but the two tail-enders could not make a single to save the game.
The two sides played in front of a packed stadium at the Arnos Vale Ground in St Vincent after yesterday was declared a public holiday when the Windies beat Australia in the second game.
Tuesday marked the second consecutive poor batting performance by the Australians. They won the toss and headed to the crease first but had it not been for a century partnership between George Bailey and Michael Hussey the Australian effort would have been plain embarrassing.
Bailey made 59 and Hussey 67, and other than Shane Watson’s 37 no other Australian posted a total of more than 15, including a combined four runs from the four tail-end batsman.
The West Indies weren’t that crash hot either. With five wickets down the home side had just 78 runs to their name, but four different batsmen produced 33 or more runs while Sammy and Sunil Narine both collected late hauls of 10 runs apiece from just 24 balls.
Australia needs some good showings in the final two matches of the series with the next to be played on Friday.