Samuels hits 125 as West Indies reach 282-8 off 50 overs
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) Veteran Marlon Samuels struck 125 off 134 balls here Tuesday as West Indies piled up 282-8 off 50 overs against Australia in the eighth match of the one-day cricket international tri-series at Kensington Oval.
The 35-year-old, who struck 14 fours and two sixes, was ably supported by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, who compiled 91 off 92 deliveries.
The pair shared a record fourth wicket stand of 192 in 34.3 overs that revived the West Indies from early peril of 31-3.
Kieron Pollard scored 20 off 18 balls.
Mitchell Starc led the tourists with 3-51 from 10 overs. There was support from fellow seamers, James Faulkner (2-56) and Scott Boland (2-69).
Starc, in his 50th one-dayer, made early inroads after Australia sent in the home team.
The fiery left-armer claimed both openers as Johnson Charles edged to captain Steve Smith at second slip and Andre Fletcher fended to gully.
In between, Smith pulled off a stunning one-hander at slip off Josh Hazlewood to send Darren Bravo packing.
But Samuels and Ramdin slowly rebuilt in an assured stand before emerging to play some scintillating strokes.
Their partnership was a fourth wicket record at the venue and also a best for the West Indies against Australia. Both batsmen also crossed personal milestones during their knocks, with Samuels crossing 5,000 runs and Ramdin 2,000 at this level.
Samuels provided one tough chance when 65, wicket-keeper Matthew Wade flooring a diving effort to his right off Starc.
The Jamaican, who scored a match-winning 92 against these same opponents in St. Kitts last week, brought up his 10th one-day hundred off 123 balls.