CANBERRA, Australia (AP):Kane Richardson took five wickets, including four in his last four overs, as Australia held on to beat India by 25 runs yesterday and extend their lead to 4-0 with one match remaining in the limited-overs international series.Aaron Finch made 107 and David Warner returned from paternity leave to score 93 as Australia posted a total of 348-8 after winning the toss and batting.India were coasting at 277-1 in reply in the 38th over but lost their last nine wickets for 46 runs, with Richardson taking 4-16 in a match-turning spell and returning 5-68 for the innings.Shikhar Dhawan scored 126 and Virat Kohli added 106, the pair sharing a 212-run partnership for the second wicket and seemingly setting India on course for a victory until the dramatic late collapse ended with the visitors all out for 323 in 49.2 overs.The pattern of the series changed slightly yesterday; India batted first in each of the first three matches and lost.Finch reached his seventh ODI century from 97 balls. It was his first against India and his second at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital. Warner was the main aggressor in a blazing beginning by the Australian openers, who rushed to 40-0 after five overs. Warner was out in the 30th over when he chopped a ball from Ishant Sharma on to his middle stump.Finch was out when Australia were 221-2 in the 38th over after he and Mitchell Marsh had added only 34 runs in 8.4 overs. The opener reached 100 with a single from his 97th delivery, two years after his first century at Manuka Oval against South Africa. Finch was finally caught off Umesh Yadav, skying a pull shot to Ishant Sharma at mid-on.Finch’s power-hitting claimed one notable casualty. In the 17th over, his straight drive hit English umpire Richard Kettleborough on the right leg and Kettleborough was forced to retire from the match. He was replaced by Australia’s Paul Wilson.Steve Smith hit the ball powerfully from the outset and reached his 50 from 27 balls.The Australians lost 5-37 to lose momentum before Glenn Maxwell hit 41 from 20 balls with six fours and a six, falling to the last ball of the innings.The fifth match will be played in Sydney on Saturday. – AP
“It is going to be very competitive. We have selected the team that is going to represent us and I think it is the best that is available in the circumstances,” Patterson said. Batsman Darren Bravo, spinner Sunil Narine, and all-rounder Kieron Pollard have withdrawn from the West Indies squad. The Darren Sammy-captained squad includes Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, and Lendl Simmons, some of the world’s best T20 players. However, Patterson said it won’t be a walk in the park for the West Indies. “If you have been watching international cricket, all the other sides are going to turn up and we can’t afford to do anything but play constantly at our best. All members of the team are going to have to contribute – batting, bowling, and fielding,” he said. TOUGH MATCH-UP One of the region’s foremost cricket students, P.J. Patterson, said the success of the Under-19 team at the recent World Cup offers hope for a revival in West Indies cricket. “It is the sign that there could be a new beginning. What has to happen is that the talents have to be harnessed. They ought to be properly handled and promoted,” Patterson told The Gleaner. Three Jamaicans, Michael Frew, Shahid Crooks and Odean Smith, were a part of the squad that defeated India by five wickets in Bangladesh two Sundays ago to win the title. The former Jamaican prime minister, who led a team which proposed far-reaching changes to the structure of cricket in the region, said it is important the Under-19s are properly managed. “They are under 19, so you can’t be exposing them to the hazards of constant competition without ensuring that the body structure is properly developed,” Patterson said. “I wish that they will be taken in hand as we could see a restoration in the near future of West Indies cricket fortunes,” he added. Patterson, in his 2007 report prepared for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the development of West Indies cricket, said “a strong foundation is an absolute necessity if West Indies cricket is to have a solid and permanent superstructure”. “School cricket is this foundation or base and needs to be greatly strengthened,” he recommended. Meanwhile, the success of the Under-19s comes as the senior men’s team prepares to travel to India to defend their T20 world title.