Mitchell Starc holds his nerve as Australia win the 4th CG Insurance T20I by four runs
Aaron Finch (53)©CWI
Aaron Finch (53)
An outstanding all-round performance from Mitchell Marsh and a top final over from Mitchell Starc ensured Australia finally claimed their first victory of their West indies tour in a thrilling fourth T20 International in St Lucia.
West Indies 185/6 (20 ov)
Australia 189/6 (20 ov)
Result - Australia won by 4 runs.
In an exciting contest which showcased some sensational power-hitting which produced close to 400 runs, the West Indies suffered a narrow defeat to Australia in the fourth CG Insurance T20 International on Wednesday night.
With the home team needing 11 runs to win off the last over, Mitchell Starc sent down five consecutive dot balls to seal the result for the visitors.
Andre Russell smashed the last ball for six as the Aussies got their first win of the series. West Indies now lead 3-1 with one match left on Friday night at the same venue. West Indies ended on 185-6 off 20 overs in reply to Australia’s 189-6 off their 20 overs. The run chase was set-up by Lendl Simmons, who played some sublime strokes on both sides of the wicket.
West Indies registered their 2nd highest Powerplay score
The right-hander made 72 off 48 balls with 10 fours and two sixes and shared an opening partnership of 62 off 4.5 overs with Evin Lewis (31). The West Indies made 75 in the powerplay – the team’s second highest powerplay against the Aussies – behind the 83 at The Oval in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009.
At the end Fabian Allen was sensational, as he hit three towering sixes in the penultimate over to keep West Indies in the hunt for their fourth win in a row. He was dismissed off the last ball of that over for 29 which came off just 14 balls. Russell finished on 24 not out, which included three maximums.
19th over: Allen and Russell tee off ??— ICC (@ICC) July 15, 2021
20th over: Starc wins battle of the T20 titans ??
The fourth #WIvAUS T20I was an absolute rollercoaster ??
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Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr continued his amazing form with the impressive figures of 4-0-27-3. He now has 11 wickets is series, the most by a West Indies spinner in a bilateral T20 series. The previous best was seven by Sunil Narine against New Zealand, nine years ago.
Australia - Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Matthew Wade - 1.5 ov), 2-126 (Aaron Finch - 11.3 ov), 3-126 (Alex Carey - 11.4 ov), 4-135 (Moises Henriques - 12.4 ov), 5-146 (Ashton Turner - 15.1 ov), 6-166 (Mitchell Marsh - 17.1 ov)
West Indies -Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Evin Lewis - 4.5 ov), 2-86 (Chris Gayle - 7.2 ov), 3-97 (Andre Fletcher - 10.3 ov), 4-132 (Nicholas Pooran - 15.2 ov), 5-132 (Lendl Simmons - 15.3 ov), 6-179 (Fabian Allen - 18.6 ov)
West Indies - Andre Fletcher/Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen/Hayden Walsh, Oshane Thomas, Kevin Sinclair, Sheldon Cottrell
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Daniel Christian, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
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