Rain rules in Sydney
West Indies denied chance to chase modest target
Last Updated: 12/02/10 12:16pm
Frustration: rain cut short West Indies' run chase
Rain forced the abandonment of the third one-day international between Australia and West Indies in Sydney, bringing an end to the home side's seven-match winning streak in the 50-over format.
West Indies reached 6-0 in pursuit of 226 when a heavy downpour caused a delay of more than two hours.
Conditions eased sufficiently for a revised target of 151 from 24 overs to be set but the players only returned to the middle for one further delivery, a Doug Bollinger dot ball, before the rain started again and the match was called off.
Australia are now guaranteed at least a share of the five-match series as they lead 2-0 ahead of the fourth instalment in Brisbane on February 14.
West Indies had earlier produced a disciplined performance in the field to restrict Australia to 225 all out in 49.5 overs after skipper Chris Gayle had won the toss and opted to bowl.
Medium pacers Ravi Rampaul (4-61) and Dwayne Smith (3-45) shared seven wickets as several batsmen failed to build on promising starts.
Australia lost Shaun Marsh to a back injury in the warm-up and left out Clint Mackay, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson from the team that won by eight wickets in Adelaide on Tuesday.
New-look opening pair Tim Paine and Adam Voges were both back in the pavilion inside the first eight overs.
Paine (16) was bowled playing across the line at Rampaul and Voges (8) followed in the next over when Smith won a contentious lbw decision from umpire Billy Bowden, who judged the former Nottinghamshire right-hander had not got any bat on his attempt to keep out a yorker.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting and his deputy Michael Clarke steadied the innings with a 48-run, third-wicket stand but Ponting's dismissal, bowled by Darren Sammy for 22, was the start of a collapse that saw the hosts reduced from 78-2 to 144-5.
The fourth member of West Indies' seam attack, Kieron Pollard (1-26), had Cameron White (17) caught behind and Sammy (2-46) induced an edge to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin from top-scorer Clarke (46) to deny the New South Welshman his half-century.
After a 15-minute break for rain, Michael Hussey (44), James Hopes (30) and Ryan Harris (21) made contributions but wickets continued to fall regularly and Australia were all out one ball short of using their full 50 overs.