Samuels inspires WI to victory – Traingle series, West indies

Marlon Samuels produced his best batting effort in One-day International cricket against Australia to lead the West Indies to a six-wicket victory in the fifth match of the Tri-Nation series at Warner Park in St Kitts on Monday.

Usman Khawaja’s 98 and supporting half-centuries from skipper Steve Smith (74) and George Bailey (55) lifted the visitors to 265 for seven, but the enigmatic Samuels stroked 92 to ensure that the target was reached with 20 deliveries to spare. “It’s all about delivering for the team and keeping us in contention in the competition,“ Samuels said.

With a previous best of 63 from 27 ODIs against the most dominant team in this form of the game, the Jamaican righthander made an important deposit on a significant overdraft against the World Cupholders, his innings spanning 87 deliveries and decorated with eight fours and four sixes.

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