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February 7, 2013
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Windies lose despite brilliant Bravos

CANBERRA, Australia (CMC):

Uptempo half-centuries by the Bravo brothers, Darren and Dwayne, were not enough to prevent West Indies falling to a 39-run defeat in the third One-Day International, as Australia took a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series yesterday.

Asked to chase an imposing 330 for victory on an excellent batting surface at Manuka Oval, West Indies were bowled out for 290 off 47.3 overs, with the left-handed Darren top scoring with 86 and Dwayne stroking 51.

West Indies were making a fist of it at 195 for two, thanks to the Bravos' third-wicket stand of 114 but left-arm seamer James Faulkner's spell of four for 48 turned the game on its head as the tourists lost their last eight wickets for 95 runs.

Earlier, opener Shane Watson signalled a return to full fitness by lashing a seamless 122 as the Aussies piled up 329 for seven from their 50 overs after winning the toss and batting.

Left-hander Phil Hughes stroked an attractive 86, while George Bailey hammered a cameo 44 down the order, and opener Aaron Finch, 38.

Captain and medium pacer Darren Sammy (2-49) and off-spinner (2-51) picked up two wickets apiece.

Playing his first ODI of the year after being sidelined for over a month with a calf injury, Watson showed no sign of his layoff as he struck 12 fours and two sixes, in an innings that lasted 111 balls.

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