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Windies seal T20 series share

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West Indies’ bowlers followed up Dwayne Smith’s swashbuckling half-century to ensure their Twenty20 series against Australia finished drawn.

All-rounder Smith struck a 34-ball 63, while Johnson Charles and Dwayne Bravo chipped in with 37 and 23 respectively.

No other West Indian reached double figures, though, as they were bowled out for 160 at Barbados' Kensington Oval.

David Warner hit a half-century in reply, but Australia fell 15 runs short of the victory target as, like the one-day international rubber, the spoils were shared.

After electing to bat first, the hosts got off to a flying start courtesy of Smith and Charles.

The latter, in particular, shone early as he struck 14 from the first three deliveries faced - the second of which went for a huge six over point.

Australia appeared to have dragged things back, but 18 came off the sixth over - bowled by Xavier Doherty - with Smith hitting three boundaries.

Dwayne Smith

Dwayne Smith strikes a masterful 63 as West Indies earned a Twenty20 series draw against Australia courtesy of a 14-run win at Bridgetown

Charles’ 28-ball stay ended in the next; he was caught at long-off by Daniel Christian off Shane Watson.

Dangerman Kieron Pollard was then caught behind off Brett Lee, but that merely heralded more fireworks from Smith.

Three leg-side sixes came in the ninth over, the first of which went into the second tier as Smith made easy work of dominating James Pattinson.

Smith struck a four and another maximum at the start of the next, but Doherty got his revenge, David Hussey taking a catch at long-on.

West Indies were 110 for three after 10 and the fact only a further 50 were added illustrated the scale of the ensuing collapse.

Darren Sammy was bowled off an inside edge by Clint McKay, who then had Danza Hyatt caught at mid-off.

Christian and Watson accounted for Marlon Samuels and Bravo respectively, in between which Baugh edged behind off Lee, who completed figures of 3-23 by bowling Fidel Edwards after Sunil Narine had been run out.

Australia’s reply got off to a disastrous start as Watson was caught at slip by Sammy off Edwards.

Warner and skipper George Bailey rebuilt, though, as Australia took 53 runs off the powerplay.

But the latter holed out to deep square-leg for 24 off Samuels, who later had Mike Hussey caught and bowled for 14.

Warner was still looking impressive and, having moved past 50, pulled Garey Mathurin for a maximum to go to 58.

However, a piece of brilliant fielding following the next ball signalled the end of the left-hander’s stay, Bravo producing a direct hit to significantly derail the tourists’ pursuit.

It was a blow from which they never fully recovered as West Indies eventually sealed a 14-run triumph.