Ponting ton gives Australia series victory over Windies

BRISBANE: A superb Ricky Ponting century helped Australia beat West Indies by 50 runs in the fourth one-day international to win the five-match series here today.

Ponting (106) made his 29th one-day ton as the hosts made 324-7 — the highest ever ODI score at the Gabba. In reply, West Indies made 274-8 with Kieron Pollard (62) and Dwayne Smith (58 not out) putting on a 102-run stand.

With Doug Bollinger taking 2-44 and Ryan Harris 2-64, Australia opened up a 3-0 lead with one game remaining. Ponting shared a 131-run second-wicket stand with Cameron White, who made an impressive 63 from 78 balls.

Beginning their run chase, West Indies skipper Chris Gayle (34) needed to stand firm and he blasted six boundaries in the first five overs. The tall left-hander moved his side on to 42-0 after five overs — but that was as testing as things got.

Wavell Hinds and Narsingh Deonarine bunkered down and were able to bring up the 100. Pollard brought up his first one-day half-century off just 43 balls before the 102-run partnership between he and Smith, who remained unbeaten on 58, finally came to an end.