Aus v WI T20I: Lewis(79) powers West Indies to 4-1 series win
Another thumping knock from Evin Lewis with blink and you miss cameos from Gayle and Pooran powered the West Indies to a big 199 /8 and regular fall of wickets in the 2nd innings ensured that Australia fall short by just 16 runs and an exciting final T20I.
Winning the toss and batting first, Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle smashed the Australian bowling in the first 12 overs. Lewis was particularly ruthless on Jason Behrendorff and carted him for explosive sixes on the leg side and Gayle was not far behind scoring a breezy 21 off 7 balls with 2 fours & 2sixes.
Finally, Lewis after another explosive knock of 79 off 34 balls with 9 sixes was dismissed in the 12th over but Pooran (31 off 18 balls) showed glimpses of his striking ability to take West Indies to 199/8 despite a late surge of falling wickets with Andrew Tye (3/37) replacing Starc in this game bowling well in slog overs. Aus v WI T20I: Lewis(79) powers West Indies to 4-1 series win.
In reply, Australia did well in powerplay both lost in form Marsh (30 off 15 balls); Finch (34 off 23 balls) at the wrong time when a strong base was required at the top order. Later Wade (26 off 18), Henriques (21 off 14) and Tye (15 off 8) looked dangerous. But their cameos proved fruitless with a constant loss of wickets by Australia with Cottrel and Russell sharing 6 wickets equally.
Hazlewood’s (13 off 5 balls) final charge was too late for Australia to surpass the West Indies score. The game ended with a narrow 16 run win for the hosts who took the series 4-1.
Evin Lewis was the man of the match and Hayden Walsh for getting crucial breakthroughs in the middle overs was the Man of the series.
For West Indies, this is a big series win against a high profile team. They look to have multiple weapons in both batting and bowling to start the T20 World cup as one of the contenders.
As for Australia, there were a few positives in this series. Mitchel Marsh performed brilliantly at number 3 and Finch showed glimpses of form. Starc showed signs of getting back his momentum after a poor start. With Warner, Maxwell and Stoinis back in this side, Australia will get more formidable but they immediately need to address the middle-order batting woes .
West Indies won by 16 runs
WI 199/8 (20 Ovs)
Pooran(c & wk) 31(18)
Mitchell Marsh 2/12
AUS 183/9 (20 Ovs)
Mitchell Marsh 30(15)