Aus v WI T20Is: Marsh all-around show helps Australia win a thriller
Australia finally gets on the board in the 4th T20I with an absolutely thrilling win over the West Indies. It was a Mitchel Marsh special night as first he hammered the Windies bowlers for a 44 ball 75 and then took 3/24 to help to take the Aussies to a narrow 4 run win.
Australia won the toss and rightly elected to bat. Mathew Wade (5) continued his inconsistent run with another cheap dismissal. However, Finch and Mitch Marsh got into an awesome 114 run 2nd wicket stand. Finch played powerful shots in his hard-hitting 53 off 37 balls hitting 3 sixes and showed better form but it was Mitchel Marsh’s night. He played breathtaking shots as he plundered 75 off 44 balls with 4 fours and 6 mighty sixes. Shots straight down the ground, crunching drives on the offside and rousing pull shots gave lots to cheer for his fans as the West Indian attack was taken to the cleaners. There was a flurry of wickets again in the fragile middle order but Christan played a crucial 22 runs off 14 balls to support Marsh and Australia finally ended at a formidable 189/6 in 20 overs.
For the home side, Hayden Walsh looked the best bowler with 3/27 in 4 overs. Aus v WI T20Is: Marsh all-around show helps Australia win a thriller.
In reply West Indies come out with all guns blazing with Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons creating mayhem in the first 5 overs before Lewis (31 off 14 balls) was bowled by Zampa. Gayle (1) and Fletcher (6) went cheaply but Pooran (16) got into a partnership with Simmons who was dominating the bowling before his dismissal at 72 off 48 balls in the 16th over along with Pooran.
Fabian Allen and Russell got together. Australia with 3 overs remaining needed 47. Allen’s boundaries reduced it to 36 off 12 balls.
Then came Meredith’s over in which Russell and Allen went hammer and tongs. It was total carnage in the first 5 balls with 25 runs taken before Allen (29 off 14 balls) was caught behind off the last ball to leave West Indies only 11 to get in the final over with Russell on strike against Starc .
Starc bowled a brilliant final over under intense pressure and allowed Russell (24 off 13 balls) only 2 runs in the first 5 balls as the latter was trying to keep the strike. A 4 resulted off the final ball but the game was over one ball earlier as Australia won by 4 runs in a tight finish
For Australia Marsh took 3/24 and Zampa 2/20. Zampa bowled a very tight spell.
Marsh for his all-round show was the man of the match
Australia won by 4 runs
AUS 189/6 (20 Ovs)
Mitchell Marsh 75(44)
Hayden Walsh 3/27
Fabian Allen 1/31
WI 185/6 (20 Ovs)
Mitchell Marsh 3/24