27 Sep 2009

Australia beat West Indies and Champions League tournament

5:53 am on 27 September 2009

Half-centuries from Ricky Ponting and Mitchell Johnson helped Australia to secure a 50-run win over West Indies in a Champions Trophy tournament game in South Africa.

Johnson smashed his way to 73 not out off 47 balls with eight fours and three sixes while Ponting scored 79 runs off 95 deliveries as Australia posted 275 for eight in their first match of the tournament.

In reply, West Indies could manage only 225 all out in 46.5 overs, with Dale Richards unable to bat due to injury.

The defeat was West Indies' second consecutive loss of the tournament, effectively ruling them out of semi-final contention.