Opening batsman Evin Lewis was at his rampaging finest with an innings of 79 in setting the West Indies on their strategy to a 16-run victory over Australia within the closing T20 Worldwide of their five-match collection on the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Friday. Lewis’ punishing innings off simply 34 balls, highlighted by 9 sixes and 4 fours, lifted the house workforce to 199 for eight and earned him the “Man of the Match” because the Caribbean workforce additionally took the collection by a convincing 4-1 margin. Pacers Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell then claimed three wickets apiece whereas not one of the vacationers’ top-order batsmen have been capable of maintain the trouble deep into the innings and so they have been restricted to 183 for 9 in reply regardless of being properly on track midway by the chase.
Mitchell Marsh, who posted three half-centuries in his earlier 4 innings within the collection and was by a good distance the guests’ excellent performer, appeared set for one more substantial contribution however fell for 30 off 15 balls to a pointy caught-and-bowled dismissal off the primary supply bowled by Russell within the match.
Regardless of being hampered by what gave the impression to be an ankle harm, Australian captain Aaron Finch sought to maintain his workforce within the hunt. Nevertheless when he fell for what proved a topscore of 34 to Hayden Walsh by way of an impressive catch by Fabian Allen at long-on within the tenth over, the innings step by step ran out of steam.
“He modified the sport for us with that catch,” was stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran’s evaluation of that very good bit of labor by the versatile Allen.
“This can be a great achievement for the workforce. I’m particularly blissful for Hayden Walsh. He works so exhausting on his sport and we all know that leg-spinners can usually be champions in T20 cricket.”
Walsh, the Antiguan leg-spinner, was named “Man of the Collection” for his haul of 12 wickets throughout the 5 matches, one wanting the T20I collection report of New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi, additionally in opposition to Australia, earlier this yr.
Whereas he went wicketless, veteran participant Chris Gayle made a useful contribution with the ball in conceding solely 9 runs by three overs of spin to frustrate the perfect efforts of the Aussie middle-order to remain within the hunt for the difficult goal.
“I assumed we did extraordinarily properly within the second half of their innings to restrict them beneath 200, given the beginning they’d gotten,” stated Finch of his workforce’s effort within the discipline.
“Sadly we simply have not backed it up with the bat. There are some guys right here with not an enormous quantity of worldwide expertise so it may be powerful for them, however I do not need to be too important of them.”
Buoyed by this efficiency, which in some methods made amends for the previous 3-2 collection loss to South Africa in Grenada, West Indies can now stay up for one other five-match collection in opposition to Pakistan within the persevering with countdown to their defence of the World T20 title within the United Arab Emirates in October-November.
Earlier than the Pakistan duel although the West Indies and Australia meet in three One-Day Internationals in Barbados beginning subsequent Tuesday.
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