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AUS vs WI 2nd ODI: AUS a decisive 83-run victory, WI unassailable 2-0 lead.

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Sean Abbott's stellar all-round performance played a pivotal role in Australia's decisive 83-run victory over West Indies in the second ODI, clinching the series. Abbott showcased his batting prowess by scoring a rapid 69 runs at a better-than-run-a-ball rate, propelling Australia to a competitive total of 258-9. This impressive innings laid the foundation for Australia's dominance.

In addition to his batting heroics, Abbott demonstrated his prowess as a bowler. He made significant contributions during West Indies' innings, finishing with figures of 3-40. Abbott's impact was particularly notable during the batting powerplay, where he struck early and continued to pick crucial wickets. His crucial dismissal of Keacy Carty, who top-scored with 40 runs, further tilted the game in Australia's favor. West Indies ultimately succumbed to 175 all out in 43.3 overs.

Abbott's on-field contributions were complemented by his exceptional catch at mid-off, showcasing his agility and fielding skills. This catch played a vital role in dismissing Alick Athanaze and added to the overall team performance.

Reflecting on the match, Abbott expressed satisfaction with the team's competitiveness, stating, "We thought 220 would be competitive but were very competitive with partnerships, taking it over 250." He highlighted the strength of the Australian attack and the positive playing environment.

The match mirrored the previous encounter at the MCG, where Australia secured an eight-wicket win in the first game. Once again, the West Indies top order struggled against the pace, with Abbott making early breakthroughs. Jason Greaves was caught by debutante Will Sutherland, and Abbott's crucial wickets had West Indies reeling at 34-3 within the first 10 overs.

Although Keacy Carty and captain Shai Hope attempted to rebuild the innings with a 53-run stand, their efforts were curtailed by the combined efforts of Josh Hazlewood (3-43) and Abbott in their return spells. Hazlewood bowled a brilliant delivery to dismiss Hope, further solidifying Australia's control over the game.

Overall, Sean Abbott's exceptional contributions with bat and ball, coupled with Australia's strong team performance, secured a series-clinching victory and showcased the team's dominance in the second ODI.

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