Wade & Agar steers Australia to series win in 3rd ODI v Windies.
A fine 51 not out by Mathew Wade and a good all round show by Ashton Agar took Australia over the line in the 3rd ODI and enabled them to take the series 2-1 vs the West Indies.
The end result and the scorecard was not an entirely true reflection of the match as Australia had their uncertain moments while they were batting and their struggles against spin still have an air of uncertainty in their middle order. However, they also can take some comfort from the fact that many of their best players were not a part of the squad for the West Indies tour.
West Indies will continue to be a team which will be brilliant in parts and mediocre at other times. Though they won the T20 series earlier which is their stronger suit, they need to show more consistency. Wade & Agar steers Australia to series win in 3rd ODI v Windies.
As for this match, West Indies batted first and put up a below average performance. The Australian bowlers were on the spot and lethal. Starc generated the speed whole Hazlewood was deadly accurate. Both the spinners Agar and Zampa bowled with skills and extracted turn. For the West Indies apart from Evin Lewis the rest just could not cope with the pressure created by the Aussie bowling group.
After Evin Lewis was struck on the helmet by Hazlewood and had to retire , none of the top 6 managed to settle down and play a long innings with Zampa and Agar controlling the middle overs well. West Indies were struggling at 75/6 when Lewis re-emerged and with Alzarri Joseph got down to build a decent stand of 44 before Joseph was caught behind of the accurate Hazlewood which triggered the attacking game from Lewis as he play some sumptuous shots to score a superb 55 not out off 66 balls with 3 sixes.
However, with no further support forthcoming , West Indies were bundle out for 152 in 45.1 overs.
For Australia Hazlewood, Zampa and Agar got 2 wickets apiece while Starc took three.
In reply, Australia were jolted by the early loss of their openers at 27/2. Carey and Mitch Marsh got together and Marsh played a quick cameo of 29 off 21 balls including 3 sixes. His flick off his legs for a 6 off Cottrel was the shot of not only this match but the entire tour, so sweetly it was struck !!
Marsh’s dismissal at 65/3 opened the door for West Indies again. But southpaws Carey and Wade were careful not to let the advantage slip as Akeal Hosein looked very impressive with his left-arm spin. Needed careful handling on a favourable pitch for the spinners. However, Hayden Walsh could not create the same impact. Which helped the Aussie duo to milk runs till Carey (35) was out lbw to Walsh at 99/4.
However Mathew Wade (51*) and Ashton Agar (19*) ensured no further damage as they put away the loose balls. However, Wade hit a couple of lusty 6s towards the end to seal the match. In the 31st over and Australia won the series 2-1.
Agar was the man of the match and Starc for 11 wickets in the series was the man of the series.
Australia won by 6 wkts
WI 152/10 (45.1 Ovs)
Darren Bravo 18(36)
AUS 153/4 (30.3 Ovs)
Carey(c & wk) 35(50)
Akeal Hosein 1/29
Alzarri Joseph 1/14