Australia crush West Indies in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) to win the three-match series 2-1. Under leadership of Alex Carey, the visitors outscored the host by six wickets at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
In the first place to bat, the West Indies put together for a meager 152 runs in 45.1 overs, with the award of top-class bowling by the Aussies. Bowling point Mitchell Starc continued his breathtaking run in the Windies Tour and picked up three wickets for just 43 runs from 9.1 overs.
Apart from Starc, Josh Hazlewood (2/18), Ashton Agar (2/31), en Adam Zampa (2/29) excellent bowling skills shown to completely demolish the home team’s batting unit. Only Evin Lewis can stand high before the brilliant bowling attack and hit an important half-century. The opening stone made 55 off 66 balls, using five fours and three sixes.
In response, the tour party chased the meager target in 30.3 overs by six wickets. Matthew Wade was the star in the batting with a remarkable fifty, which helped his team get over the finish line.
Wade recorded an unbeaten 51 runs from 52 deliveries, including five fours and two sixes. Captain Carey made 35 of 50 balls, while Mitchell Marsh 29 out of 21 deliveries contributed.
Agar, who grabbed two wickets, scored 19 runs unbeaten and formed a partnership with Wade by 54 runs. Agar was nominated for his everyday show ‘Player of the match’. Similarly, Starc, who finished as the highest wicket-taker (11), was named ‘Player of the series’.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Teamwork from Australia:
– Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) 26 July 2021
– Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) 27 July 2021
Australia wins 2-1 in the series! ✅
The visitors move to a six-wicket victory over the West Indies in Bridgetown.
– ICC (@ICC) 27 July 2021
– Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) 27 July 2021
The final ODI of the #WIvAUS series is another reminder of how we are in an era of high quality spin bowling and mediocre batting against turn in different formats and countries
– Bharat Sundaresan (@ beastieboy07) 26 July 2021
Most wickets in a series of 100 or less consecutive one-day matches: –
194 * – MITCHELL STARC🇦🇺
193 – Saqlain Mushtaq 🇵🇰
187 – Allan Donald🇿🇦
185 – Muttiah Muralitharan🇱🇰
185 – Brett Lee🇦🇺
Starc currently has 194 wickets in 99 ODIs of his career.#WIvAUS
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 26 July 2021
The CGI insurance’s ODI series silverware is available @CricketAus 🏆👏🏽
– Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) 27 July 2021
That’s it! Wade and Agar send Australia home to win by 6 wickets. Lots to digest from this tour. #WIvAUS
– Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) 27 July 2021
No one has taken more ODI wickets against the West Indies on a better average than Mitchell Starc.
32 wickets @ 12.03, SR of 16.1#WIvAUS
– Nic Savage (@ nic_savage1) 26 July 2021
After playing Australia completely in the T20I series, he withdrew matters 2-1 in the ODI series
Mitchell Starc was special with 11 wickets at 10.64 and was the Player of the Series#WIvAUS
– ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) 27 July 2021
Mitchell Starc in the ODI Series against West Indies:
– Man of the Series Award.
– Most wickets.
– Best bowling figures.
– Best pace for bowling.
– Most take five wickets.
Mitchell Starc is back with a bang. pic.twitter.com/LcpVL9Jav3
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 27 July 2021
Mitchell Starc (4) scored Waqar Younis’ (4) score to win the most Man Of The Series award as a pacemaker in ODIs. Starc has not even played 100 ODIs yet and he equaled the score, which is a bowler.
– Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) 27 July 2021