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Mar 31, 2012 at 10:54am IST

WI win to level two-match T20 series 1-1

Bridgetown: Dwayne Smith hit a whirlwind 63 off 35 balls on Friday and Fidel Edwards and Marlon Samuels claimed three wickets apiece as the West Indies defeated Australia by 14 runs in the second Twenty20 international at the Kensington Oval.

The hosts' victory ensured the two-match series finished 1-1. Smith's top score was spiced with six fours and four sixes and piloted the West Indies to 160 all out off 19.4 overs.

Australia's chase was boosted by David Warner's 58 off 43 deliveries but once he was run out, the momentum shifted and they fell short at 146 for 9 off 20 overs.

WI win to level two-match T20 series 1-1

Dwayne Smith hit a whirlwind 63 as West Indies beat Australia by 14 runs to win the second T20.

Pace ace Edwards claimed 3 for 23, including two in an excellent penultimate over, while Samuels took crucial middle order scalps on the way to 3 for 23.

Earlier, Smith and Johnson Charles (37) provided the hosts with a frenetic start but a clatter of late wickets helped Australia keep the target manageable. The West Indies stumbled badly from 110 for 3 off 10 overs, only managing 50 runs off the final 10.

Brett Lee took 3 for 23, including the key scalp of Kieron Pollard for one. Clint McKay claimed 2 for 24 and fellow seamer Shane Watson grabbed 2 for 26. Smith and Charles excited a huge crowd of 11,500 with a boundary-studded opening stand after the West Indies won the toss. Charles lashed six fours and a six before he departed, holing out off Watson at 72 for 1 in the seventh over.

Smith continued to play some majestic strokes, racing to his half-century off 30 balls with three huge sixes in one James Pattinson over. The first landed in the Greenidge & Haynes Stand at midwicket, the second went straight and further, into the top deck of the Hall & Griffith Stand, the third even straighter into the spectators in the Three Ws Stand.

But Lee claimed Pollard cheaply and when Smith fell to left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty trying to hit another six, Australia's fightback was on. Only Dwayne Bravo, with 23 off 24 deliveries, managed any significant contribution in the late order.

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