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Australia beat West Indies by 84 runs in the first ODI

Australia beat West Indies by 84 runs in the first ODI First-timer Shaun Marsh, who struck an impressive 81, and Nathan Bracken, who took four wickets, were among the highlights leading to the West Indies 189 lost to Australia 273-8 by 84 runs. The game had to be stopped in the 40th over of the West Indies innings after the crowd began hurling plastic bottles and other objects on to the field, following the dismissal of Sammy, but the game resumed without further incidents, once the debris had been cleared from the field. The West Indies lost key wickets in pursuit of Australia's target of 274 on a hard and slow pitch under cloudy skies at Kingstown, bowled out for 189 with 11.1 overs remaining. Marsh scored 81 from 97 balls on his debut to earn the man-of-the-match award, and Brad Haddin hit an enterprising 50 off 52 balls, as Australia reached 273 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs after they were sent in to bat.

 The One Day Internationals continue with the game England v New Zealand. At the online bookmaker Paddy Power England is a big favourite with odds to win at 4/7, while New Zealand is 5/4 to win the ODI game. The bookie has Pietersen as the favourite top England runscorer with odds 5/2, followed by Bell at 7/2 and Wright at 9/2. McCullum is the favourite top New Zealand runscorer with odds 11/4, then Taylor at 7/2 and How at 5/1. England is the favourite to score the most Sixes with even odds, while New Zealand is 11/10 and draw would pay out on 11/2. Visit Paddy Power for more bets on the England v New Zealand ODI game, including batsman match bets.

 Published on 06/24/2008

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