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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 May, 2003, 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
Australia see off Windies
One-day international, Jamaica: Australia 270-5 (50 overs) beat West Indies 205-8 (37 overs) by two runs (D/L method)

Ian Harvey of Australia, right, is congratulated by Glenn McGrath
Harvey (right) took some key wickets
Ian Harvey inspired Australia to a two-run win over the West Indies in the first one-day International at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Harvey struck an unbeaten 48 off only 30 balls and then grabbed three-37 off seven overs to propel his team to victory in a rain-affected game.

The West Indies were given a revised target of 208 runs off 37 overs after a heavy downpour interrupted their innings at 114 for two, chasing an initial target of 271 to win.

The Duckworth/Lewis system dictated the West Indies had to score another 94 runs off 14 overs.

But the home side lost wickets regularly to fall short of the total as they reached 205 for eight at the end of their 37 overs.

The West Indies initially got off to a good start through openers Chris Gayle and Ricardo Powell.

The pair added 75 runs for the first wicket off only 14 overs before Gayle was dismissed trying to hit Brett Lee over the in-field and was well taken running back by Brad Hogg for 37.

Powell, who crossed while Gayle's shot was in the air, faced Lee's next delivery and lost his wicket for 37.

Windies captain Brian Lara joined Devon Smith and the pair added 39 for the third wicket before the rain interruption.

Lara resumed after the delay but edged a Harvey delivery to Gilchrist to make it 123 for three.

Smith then also edged Harvey to Gilchrist to leave the home team in at 134 for four and Marlon Samuels was the next Harvey victim, taken at point by Andrew Symonds for two, three runs later.

Wickets continued to fall until Ramnaresh Sarwan and Mervyn Dillon were left requiring 16 runs off the last over, an impossible target off Lee's bowling.

Earlier, Australia, who were sent in after they lost the toss, amassed 270 for five off their 50 overs, courtesy of half-centuries from captain Ricky Ponting and Darren Lehmann.

Ponting scored 59 off 66 balls and belted seven fours while Lehmann hit 55 off 86 balls to set up Australia's competitive total.

Michael Bevan, with 43 off 41 deliveries, and Harvey played extremely well during the final stages to boost Australia's total.

West Indies: Brian Lara (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (vice-captain), Omari Banks, Carlton Baugh, Jr, Corey Collymore, Mervyn Dillon, Vasbert Drakes, Chris Gayle, Ricardo Powell, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist (vice-captain), Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel, Ian Harvey, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Darren Lehmann, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds

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