Australia easily see off West Indies move 4-0 up in ODI series

Last Updated: 08/02/13 12:13pm

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Mitchell Johnson: Ripped through the Windies' top order early on

Mitchell Johnson: Ripped through the Windies' top order early on

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Australia stayed on course for a series sweep against West Indies after cruising to a five-wicket victory in the fourth one-day international at the SCG.

Mitchell Johnson set the tone by tearing through the Windies' top order after the tourists won the toss and chose to bat, although an unbeaten century from Kieron Pollard allowed them to recover to 220 all out.

Australia had few problems knocking off the runs as Shane Watson scored 76 to help the hosts reach the target with 5.1 overs to spare.

The victory puts Australia 4-0 up in the five-match series, with West Indies now having just one more opportunity - at the MCG on Sunday - to salvage some pride.

Looking to save some face after falling 3-0 behind in the series, West Indies made a disastrous start as they were reduced to 22-4 in the fourth opener.

Johnson removed both openers and No 3 Darren Bravo (4), while Glenn Maxwell trapped Dwayne Bravo (3) lbw to leave the tourists reeling.

That brought Pollard to the crease and he soon began to hit his stride, but he could do little to prevent wickets falling at the other end.

Pollard finished the innings on 109 not out, a knock which included 11 fours and two sixes. Lower-order batsmen Darren Sammy (25), Andre Russell (18) and Sunil Narine (23) belatedly added some support. Johnson (3-36) and Cutting (3-45) were the pick of the bowlers.

Watson, who smashed a century in the previous game in Canberra, looked set for back-to-back tons until he was undone by a wicked Tino Best delivery and caught behind.

Aaron Finch (25) and in-form Phillip Hughes (23) kept things ticking over at the other end but both were dismissed by Sunil Narine before they had the chance to go on and post big scores.

Skipper Michael Clarke (37) and late call-up Adam Voges (28) both made strong contributions, with the former dismissed just before Australia completed the win.

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