The best performance of all-round Mitchell Marsh helped Australia secure their first win in the ongoing T20I series against West Indies on Thursday. Marsh lit up the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia with both bat and ball in the 4th T20I to help his team avoid the whitewash series.
The visitors chose to bat first and placed 189/6 on the scoreboard in their 20 overs, thanks to the important beats of the captain. Aaron Finch and star of the night Marsh. The duo formed a key 114-run partnership for the second wicket – Australia’s 10th biggest stand in T20Is.
While Finch scored 53 off 37 balls with five fours and three sixes, Marsh stunned with 75 off 44 deliveries – his highest individual score in the shortest format internationally. The Western Australian broke ten boundaries, including 6 sixes, during his breathtaking beat.
However, Australia’s middle order disappointed again when they eventually lost four wickets for 20 runs after Finch’s dismissal. Alex Carey was sent back on the duck while Moses Henriques and Ashton Turner was removed for six runs each. Senior T20 Specialist Daniel Christian provided fireworks and scored 22 of 14 balls to take Australia’s total to 189/6.
In response, the hosts got off to a pretty good start Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis added 62 runs around the opening wicket. But Marsh and Adam Zampa came to the rescue and turned the game completely on its head.
Marsh claimed three wickets for 24 in his quota of 4 overs, including the 16th over, where he picked up two wickets in two balls to shift the momentum to the visiting side. Zampa, on the other hand, provided a pair for 20 in 4 overs.
The Nicholas Pooran leader needed 36 of the last two overs, and Andre Russell and Fabian Allen shock waves sent to the Aussie unit by hitting four maximum points Riley Meredith, who bowled the penultimate. But in the end, the home team as an experienced boy fell four runs short Mitchell Starc showed all his experience in the final to make sure Australia defended 189 runs.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
It may not seem like the most natural exchange ten days back, but Mitchell Marsh may be the perfect replacement Australia has never been on Steve No. 3 for Steve Smith, if he did not choose the T20 World Cup. #WIvAUS
– Bharat Sundaresan (@ beastieboy07) 15 July 2021
Absolutely brilliant final from Starc. It’s going to lift Australia’s moods. Still a lot of serious work to do, but definitely an improvement. #WIvAUS
– Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) 15 July 2021
The best career with the bat 🏏 75 of 44
Career best with the ball ☝️ 3/24 off 4.0
– ICC (@ICC) 15 July 2021
Starc could not have bowled a better last game after one of the most dangerous hits in the world. Brilliant. #WIvAUS
– Luke D’Anello (@LukeDAnello) 15 July 2021
Aussie Aussie Aussie! Australia wins by 4 runs. Ripper final over by Starcy! I did not take my hands away from my mouth the whole time. And special mention to Mitch Marsh, who played a fantastic game. Good for you Aussies. #WIvAUS
– Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) 15 July 2021
Put these last two overs in the Louvre. Modern surrealist art department #WIvAus
– Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) 15 July 2021
50 & 3 – Mitchell Marsh is the first Australian to score 50 runs and take three wickets in a single T20I for men since Glenn Maxwell against England in February 2017 (103 runs, 3 wickets). Tradie.#WIvAUS https://t.co/7wPY99uyZE
– OptaJason (@OptaJason) 15 July 2021
Top class cricket it. World’s most dangerous six-hit head-to-head against the best white ball bowler of the generation in the last frontrunner. Great bowling from Starc. What a bowler !!!#WIvAUS
– Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) 15 July 2021
Half a century and three wickets in the T20I men for Australia
– Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) 15 July 2021
– cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) 15 July 2021
– CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) 15 July 2021
Australia beat West Indies by 4 runs, an excellent performance by Aussies first with the bat. Especially Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh batted really well, Marsh also picked 3 wickets. WI came very close to the goal in the final, but Starc did the job. pic.twitter.com/WSZT6HGOzX
– Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) 15 July 2021
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 15 July 2021