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Deadly Australia side crushes West Indies by 127 runs


Australia crushed the West Indies by 127 runs to win the DLF Cup final yesterday and send a chilling warning to their rivals ahead of the Champions Trophy next month.

Set 241 to win, the West Indies were skittled out for 113 from 34.2 overs, unable to deal with the power and accuracy of Australia's top-notch bowling attack.

Brett Lee took 4-24 while his partner Glenn McGrath bowled six overs for just six runs, two of which were extras.

"It's a very good result for us but I still don't think we have played our best cricket," Australia captain Ricky Ponting said.

The Windies got off to the worst possible start when Chris Gayle was sensationally out leg-before-wicket to a Lee yorker on the first ball of the innings.

When Lee was given a breather the peroxide blonde Nathan Bracken was brought into the action with dramatic consequences.

Shinarine Chanderpaul, who has struggled this series, smacked him for four on his first ball but that's where it ended as he mistimed a flick off the legs the very next ball to be caught by Simon Katich at midwicket.

Runako Morton spent 31 balls at the crease without scoring.

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