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Kieron Pollard smashed a blistering century as West Indies defeated Australia by 42 runs in the fourth one-day international to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. The 24-year-old Pollard hit eight sixes and five fours in his 70-ball 102 as the West Indies made 294 for seven off 50 overs, their highest score at the picturesque Beausejour Stadium.
In reply, Australia, who were dismissed for 252, never recovered from losing five wickets in making 112 by the 21st over despite skipper Shane Watson (28), Peter Forrest (24), George Bailey (25) and Mike Hussey (26) all getting decent starts. A sixth-wicket partnership of 67 between David Hussey and Matthew Wade kept Australia in the game. But when Wade holed out with an ugly slog off Pollard's medium pace from the last ball of the 34th over the game was virtually up for Australia.
Hussey was then clean-bowled by Kemar Roach for 57 off 54 balls. His dismissal in the 39th over, with the score on 196 for seven, came just two balls after Brett Lee had been hurt when a wild Roach full toss clattered into his left hand. But Lee valiantly hit back by making a career-best 59, an exciting cameo which featured five fours and five sixes before he ran out of partners.
Brief scores: West Indies 294 for 7 (Kieron Pollard 102, Adrian Barath; Shane Watson 2/55) vs Australia 252 all out in 46.3 overs (Brett Lee 59, David Hussey 57; Andre Russell 2-34, Darren Sammy 2/42).