Highlights, West Indies vs Australia fifth T20I at Gros Islet: Windies win by 16 runs, take collection 4-1
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Fourth T20I report: Mitchell Marsh struck 75 after which took three wickets to get Australia right into a successful place, however in the long run it got here right down to paceman Mitchell Starc’s fearless last-over bowling to finish the West Indies’ successful streak.
The West Indies had received the primary three video games to clinch the five-match Twenty20 Worldwide collection with two video games to spare, and went inside one scoring shot Wednesday of constructing it 4 straight wins.
The hosts wanted 11 runs off the final over however Starc bowled 5 consecutive dot balls, cramping Andre Russell’s scoring choices, earlier than conceding a six on the ultimate ball to safe a four-run win for Australia.
Australia captain Aaron Finch mentioned the final over was extra about belief than jitters.
“We knew that if Mitchell Starc executes he’s pretty much as good as anybody on the earth,” Finch mentioned. “He is performed it for one of the best a part of 10 years, so we had loads of religion in him. He is acquired loads of religion in himself. Simply nice to get throughout the road.”
The Australians batted first and posted 189-6 in an innings twice interrupted by rain breaks, with Marsh belting his 75 from 44 balls for his third half-century of the collection and sharing a 114-run second-wicket stand with Finch, who contributed 53.
Marsh raised his 50 from 24 balls with a straight six in opposition to Fabian Allen as mild rain began falling within the ninth over.
The West Indies have been higher after the interruption. Hayden Walsh Jr. (3-27), the main wicket taker within the collection, bowled Finch and took a return catch to take away Alex Carey (0) on the following supply to decelerate the Australians at 126-3. The run-rate solely lowered because the West Indies’ sluggish bowlers contained the middle-order.
The West Indies began aggressively in reply, with openers Lendl Simmons (72) and Evin Lewis (31) racing to 62, taking 15 within the second over from Riley Meredith and 23 within the fourth over from Dan Christian.
Wrist spinner Adam Zampa was launched early, within the fifth over, and had nearly instant success when he bowled Lewis for 31 from 14 deliveries.
Marsh’s first wicket was a giant one, having Chris Gayle (1) caught simply contained in the long-on boundary and the Australians rallied to peg again the run-rate.
“To defend what we defended tonight, in opposition to an excellent West Indies workforce, was an incredible efficiency,” Marsh mentioned. “It was an incredible end and Starc’s final over was wonderful.”
When Marsh eliminated Nicholas Pooran (16) and ended Simmons’s 48-ball innings on consecutive deliveries within the sixteenth over, it appeared the West Indies counterattack had withered.
However there was sting within the tail.
Needing 36 off the final two overs to win, Russell and Fabian Allen (29) took on the bowling and plundered Meredith for 25.
Russell struck a six on the primary ball of the over and Allen hit three consecutive sixes earlier than edging the final ball behind, making the equation 11 runs required off six balls.
Enter left-armer Starc, the most effective quick bowlers on the earth when he is on kind.
Bowling from huge across the wicket and angling into Russell’s pads, he swung the sport again for Australia.
Russell hit the final ball for six to complete not out on 24 to go away the house aspect at 185-6.
Pooran mentioned on most different days, Russell and Allen would have gotten the West Indies throughout the road.
“Possibly we might have gotten extra singles within the center overs — that final over was properly executed by Mitchell Starc, so properly bowled to him,” Pooran mentioned. However “the best way Hayden bowled once more, properly performed to him. Fabien Allen with the bat … so loads of positives.”
With inputs from AP
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