Australia in West Indies, 5 T20I Series, 2021
Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
Date & Time: 16 July 2021
RR: 9.15 | West Indies beat Australia by 16 runs
Right then. This wraps up the T20I series. The two teams will go head-to-head in a 3 match ODI series. The first one kicks off on 20th July at 1830 GMT. But as you all know, we will be early for the build-up. Till then cheers and goodbye!
So, West Indies win the game by 16 runs and they seal the series 4-1. Nicholas Pooran waits for his players to join him. He lifts the trophy and the celebrations have started in St. Lucia.
Nicholas Pooran, the winning skipper is up for a chat. He says it's a wonderful achievement for the team. Also adds that it feels even better after we had lost the last series. Also praises the addition of Hayden Walsh to the team and is an important asset to the side. Adds that captaincy is tough but Pollard made it easier for him. Ends by saying he can't single out anyone who has been outstanding, as it's the whole team that performed.
Hayden Walsh, Player of the series. Says that he is happy to be back in the Windies colors Says that he was patient and he grabbed his opportunity as it came. Says that we are happy to win 4-1. Informs that they were a bit low during the South Africa series but the camaraderie was good in the dressing room.
Aaron Finch is up for a chat. He says Marsh has been a stand-out player for us in this series. He has sealed the number three spot. Goes onto say, they always failed to back it with their batting. Also says they executed a little bit better into the last play as they picked up four wicket in the final stage. Also praises Evin Lewis for his knock. Ends by saying, plenty of positive things to take from the game.
Evin Lewis, Player of the match. Says that it is always good to score runs and help the team to victory. Says that he is working hard since 2017. Says that this is his first series against Australia and he is happy to win. Says that we are confident to go against Pakistan next.
... Time for Presentation..
What can we say about West Indies and their effort in the field. They are just brilliant and top-notch. Be it the keeper, having a shy at the stumps or a spinner taking a one-handed diving catch in the deep, they have it all. It's a full package with talented and athletic individuals. If Russell does not perform with the bat, that's not a problem. He shows up with the ball and does the trick. The pacey pair of Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell each picked up three wickets. Hayden Walsh also bagged a wicket. There were two run-outs that took place. Chris Gayle and Fabian Allen probed good lines and lengths but were not able to get onto the wicket column. Oshane Thomas was expensive of the lot. But other than that it was a brilliant outing from the host.
Haven't we already seen this in the series? The Aussies continue to struggle in the middle overs. And yet again they witness a collapse. Josh Philippe was sent back early on a duck. Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh were sent back in their 30's. The Aussies failed to maintain a partnership in the middle. Moises Henriques got out to an unnecessary runout. Later, they kept losing wickets in regular intervals. They kept falling like a pack of cards, which was not how they envisioned to end the series with.
The hosts dominated with the ball and in the field. They did not give any breather to the Aussies. They failed to chase down the target of 200 runs. As, West Indies win the series 4 to 1, very convincing and commanding.
The last man to walk in is Josh Hazlewood.
Umpire review for run out. The replays roll in and confirm the bails are off as the bat is hanging in the air.
Adam Zampa comes in at number 10.
Hayden Walsh comes back into the attack.
Umpire review! There is a review for run out at the bowler's end. The replays roll in and shows the batter was well inside the crease. Not out is the final decision.
Who will come out at number 9? It is going to be Jason Behrendorff.
Who will walk in at number 8? It is going to be Mitchell Swepson.
Andrew Tye is the next man in.
Chris Gayle comes into the attack now.
Who will come out next? It is going to be Matthew Wade.
Umpire review! The umpire takes it upstairs for confirming the run out. The replays roll in and shows the batsman was short of the crease. The decision is OUT.
Who will walk out at number 5? It is going to be Alex Carey.
Fabian Allen comes back into the attack. His figures 2-0-25-0 so far. He replaces Oshane Thomas.
Change of ends for Oshane Thomas. He replaces Andre Russell. His figures 1-0-15-0 so far.
Who will come out next? It is going to be Moises Henriques.
Andre Russell comes into the attack. He replaces Sheldon Cottrell.
Fabian Allen comes into the attack now.
Who will come out at number three? It is going to be Mitchell Marsh. Also, Oshane Thomas to bowl from the other end.