Kuala Lumpur, Feb 14 (UNI) The West Indies established itself as one of the teams to beat in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup with an impressive five-wicket victory over Australia in the last round of warm-up matches here today before the tournament proper gets underway on February 17.
Having lost the toss and asked to bowl, it looked like it could be a long day in the field for Shamarh Brooks' men when Marcus Stoinis and Kumar Sarna put on 63 for the first wicket.
But wickets fell in regular succession after that with only Sarna (32) making it past 30. Once Jason Dawes, Veerasammy Permaul and Steven Jacobs had made the initial breakthroughs, Brooks then came on and cleared up the middle-order and tail. The captain finished with figures of 5-25 in 9.2 overs as Australia were bundled out for 159.
The result never really looked in doubt from that point with Kieron Powell scoring a neat half-century at the top of the West Indies order and Andre Creary (45 not out) making sure the job was done after Powell was dismissed.
Sri Lanka edged a 23-run win over South Africa to give it confidence ahead of its first game on 18 February against Nepal in Penang.
Batting first, Sri Lanka made 224 thanks in chief to a