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Windies and Australia tie thriller

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Darren Sammy was run out by Brett Lee in dramatic fashion as West Indies were forced to settle for a tie in the third one-day international against Australia in St Vincent.

At the climax of an enthralling run-chase, West Indies needed just one run from three deliveries, with one wicket in hand, to reach a victory target of 221.

But a mix-up between Sammy and Kemar Roach saw the former depart and ensured the series remained all square at 1-1.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Australia skipper Shane Watson was run out for 10 courtesy of an Andre Russell direct hit.

Sunil Narine then continued his fine series by bamboozling Matthew Wade, whose misery was ended when he was bowled around his legs.

David Warner looked impressive in making 35 and thrived, in particular, through the off side.

Brett Lee

Brett Lee ran out Darren Sammy in the final over as the third ODI between West Indies and Australia ended in a tie. The series is locked at 1-1

But, having edged through slip off the previous delivery, he attempted one drive too many and hit Darren Sammy to Kieron Pollard at point.

Mike Hussey and George Bailey rebuilt impressively thereafter, running well between the wickets in a conservative century stand.

After moving past 50, the latter illustrated his intent by launching Marlon Samuels over long-on for six, though the bowler gained revenge as Bailey pulled straight to square-leg.

Hussey fell for 67 soon after, stumped off the bowling of Samuels, with Narine then helping to skittle the lower order and completing figures of 3-32 as Australia were dismissed for 220.

In reply, West Indies got off to a poor start and quickly slipped to 78 for five.

Kieran Powell was stumped off Xavier Doherty and Samuels trapped in front by Watson, who Darren Bravo drove to Bailey at short extra-cover soon after.

Things got worse when Johnson Charles, having played well for a 45 that included a huge six off Nathan Lyon, hit Watson straight to cover.

Dwayne Bravo was caught behind off Doherty, but Pollard, having starred in the second encounter, shone once again with a 43-ball 46.

He fell with the score on 117, leaving West Indies’ tail with the task of keeping their deteriorating hopes alive.

But it was a job they were up to, with Russell and Carlton Baugh mixing good running with the odd boundary in a crucial 64-run partnership.

Having been bowled off a no-ball by Watson, the former eventually departed, for 37, to Clint McKay, who had Baugh caught at midwicket soon after.

Narine was dismissed by Lee for 10, though Sammy appeared to be holding his nerve before a thrilling finale ensured a tie.

The Windies skipper hit to point, but, unlike his partner Roach, did not run to leave Lee with the simple task of breaking the stumps.