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Johnson stars in Australia victory

Loosing regular wickets after a solid opening partnership led to the defeat of the West Indies team

Johnson stars in Australia victory - Cricket News
Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson during the ODI.
Australia recorded a 50-run victory over the West Indies in its opening match at the ICC Champions Trophy, although it was made to work hard for the win.

After losing Shane Watson to the opening delivery of the game, Australia’s captain Ricky Ponting made a brilliant 79 in difficult conditions.

But the West Indies stuck to its task and spinner Nikita Miller was particularly impressive, taking 2-24 in 10 overs, as it reduced Australia to 171-7.

Mitchell Johnson, who had survived a close appeal for caught behind, then transformed the match as he smashed 73 not out from just 47 balls to help it reach 275-8 off 50 overs.

In reply, Andre Fletcher (54) and Travis Dowlin (55) gave the West Indies an excellent base to build on, but it lost regular wickets and in the end fell 50 runs short of its target.

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