Samuels guides WI to four-wicket win

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June 14, 2016
Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks West Indies batsman Johnson Charles pulls for four during Match 5 of the Ballr Cup Tri-Nation Series between West Indies and Australia at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts last night. Charles made 48.
Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks Australia's Usman Khawaja (right) is run out for 98 by the West Indies' Andre Fletcher during Match 5 of the Ballr Cup Tri-Nation Series at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts last night. 2016.
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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (AP):

Marlon Samuels scored 92 off 87 balls to guide the West Indies to a four-wicket victory over Australia last night in the fifth match of the limited-overs tri-series.

Samuels struck eight fours and four sixes as the hosts reached 266-6, surpassing the victory target with 4.2 overs to spare.

Earlier, Usman Khawaja was run out for 98 after piloting the Australians to 265-7 off 50 overs.

The West Indies' victory pursuit was given impetus by an opening stand of 74 inside 10 overs by Johnson Charles (48) and Andre Fletcher (27).

The openers benefited from chances to Khawaja before Australia hit back by dismissing both as the score dipped to 85-2.

Samuels then anchored the chase in successive half-century stands with Darren Bravo (39) and Denesh Ramdin (29).

The 35-year-old Samuels had the crowd on its feet with three successive sixes against leg-spinner Adam Zampa as the victory neared.

But he was run out by a slick direct hit from wicketkeeper Matthew Wade when in sight of his 10th ODI century.

Paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed Ramdin and captain Jason Holder to add to the home team nerves before Kieron Pollard (16 not out) sealed the crucial victory.

Australia remain top of the three-team standings on nine points from four matches, with West Indies on eight points from three matches and South Africa on five from three.

The West Indies and South Africa meet in the sixth match of the tournament at this same venue tomorrow.

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