WEST INDIES: Australia defeats West Indies by 4 runs in the 4th T20 of Australia’s tour of the West Indies. In this match, Australia won the toss and for the first time in this series, Australia elected to bat first after winning the toss.
Skipper Aaron Finch and Matthew Wade were the opening batsmen for Australia. West Indies got an early breakthrough when Matthew Wade got out at just 5 runs. Australia was 12/1 when the informed Mitchell Marsh joined forces with the skipper. From there, they both stitched up a 114 runs Partnership and they both scored half-centuries. When Aaron Finch got out Australia was 126/2 in 11.3 overs, but from there Australia lost some quick wickets as Alex Carey, Ashton Turner and Moises Henriques failed to score in double digits.
But Mitchell Marsh and Dan Christian took Australian innings to a strong total of 189 runs. Mitchell Marsh was again the star of the Australian innings as he scored 75 runs off just 44 balls which included 4 fours and 6 gigantic sixes. Dan Christian played a good cameo knock of 22 in just 14 balls.
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West Indies innings started with a bang with both the openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis taking full advantage of the powerplay. West Indies were 62/1 in just 4.5 overs and the chase was looking pretty easy for the West Indian side, but Mitchell Marsh had some other plans. After a wonderful batting display, Mitchell Marsh showed everyone that he is a good all-rounder as he picked up 3 wickets for just 24 runs in his 4 overs. Adam Zampa also bowled brilliantly as he took 2 wickets for just 20 runs in his 4 overs spell.
When Lendl Simmons got out after scoring 72 off just 48 deliveries which included 10 fours and 2 sixes, the West Indies innings was looking in a bit of trouble as they needed 57 of just 24 deliveries. But the match was still alive because the dangerous Andre Russell was still on the crease. Fabian Allen joined forces with Russell and from there they both just destroyed the Australian bowling. West Indies needed 36 from the remaining 2 overs. That’s when skipper Aaron Finch decided to go with Riley Meredith for the 19th over instead of Jason Behrendorff who bowled some good overs and was more economical than Riley Meredith.
Giving the second last over to Meredith instead of Behrendorff was a huge mistake as Andre Russell hit a six at the very first ball of Meredith’s over. Then Russell took a single and Fabian Allen hit three back-to-back sixes to turn the game completely in Windies’ favor. Then at the last ball of the 19th over Allen got out but by the time he got out, he already did the damage as West Indies needed just 11 runs in the last over.
At the final over it was the battle between Andre Russell and Mitchell Starc. Russell didn’t take any singles as he wanted to play all six deliveries and the batsmen at the non-striker end Hayden Walsh jr. wasn’t a regular batsman. Starc kept his cool and he bowled some fantastic deliveries and Russell couldn’t score any runs in the first 5 deliveries. However, Russell hit a four at the last ball of Mitchell Starc’s over but it was too late as Australia won by 4 runs.