Tait powers Australia to easy 38 run victory

Felix Austin | cricket20

Shaun Tait proved to hot for the West Indies to handle as they collapsed to an embarrassing 38 run defeat against Australia at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

Set a target of 180 for victory the West Indies offered little fight losing wickets at regular intervals as their top order failed to get going.

Chris Gayle, who on his day could chase down any total with ease, struggled against Tait who was bowling with pace and accuracy. Gayleís inning only lasted 5 balls before he was bowled by Tait in the second over having mistimed a cover drive.

West Indies debutant Narsingh Deonarine was caught by Shane Watson off Taitís next delivery for a golden duck to leave the visitors 12-2. Lendl Simmons (5) soon followed to the Aussies firmly on top.

The West Indies were now in deep trouble and they needed Kieron Pollard to steady the middle order and rebuild the innings with Wavell Hinds. Pollard looked in control hitting two stunning boundaries but his dayís work was soon over having only scored 12 when he was caught by Brad Haddin behind the stumps to give the impressive Tait his third wicket.

Hinds (11) and Dwayne Smith (4) soon followed Pollard back to the West Indies dug out leaving the visitors in deep trouble with the score 53-6. The Aussies were now in complete control and counting down the overs to victory.

Runako Morton (40) and Denesh Ramdin (44) enjoyed a 7th wicket partnership of 73 offering some sort of resistant but the pair both departed in consecutive balls to give the impressive Dirk Nannes two wickets.

With Morton and Ramdin gone the Aussies cruised to victory.

Having won the toss Australia skipper Michael Clarke decided to bat first at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart hoping Watson and Warner would get the Aussies off to a great start.

The pair started off slowly seeing off the threat of Narsingh Deonarine and Nikita Miller after West Indies skipper Chris Gayle decided to opening with his spin bowlers hoping to slow the run rate from the start.

Once into their flow Watson and Warner started to find the boundary with ease, in the 3rd over Warner hit a Deonarine delivery into the streets of Hobart forcing Gayle to replace the spinners with his fast bowlers.

The pair continued their onslaught and looked on course for a century opening partnership before Gayle brought himself into the attack and straight away picked up the wicket of Watson who tried to hit Gayle into the stands but was only able to top edge a drive into the air which was caught by Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps.

The loss of Watson for 37 left the Aussies 83-1 ending a great opening partnership. Warner (49) soon followed missing out on a half century when he was caught by Dwayne Smith to give the West Indies two quick wickets.

With Watson and Warner back in the pavilion the West Indies had fought their way back into the game and they struck again removing David Hussey (1) and Michael Clark (12) in quick succession leaving the Aussies 106-4 and in danger of squandering the brilliant start by Watson and Warner.

Cameron White (15), Travis Birt (13) added some much needed runs before Brad Haddin enjoyed a cameo performance smashing 37 runs from just 16 runs to help the Aussies to a defendable total.

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