All-round Marsh grants Australia their first win of the series
Australia Tour of West Indies 2021
July 16, 2021
After losing the first three matches of the series this match was the one to salvage pride for the Aussies. This series was pretty unlike them , as they are pretty well versed on resting their big players and still managing to win most of the series. This game was certainly of less importance as some would say but it went on to be the best so far in the series as it took so many tops and turns yet still the vintage Mitchell Starc managed to defend their total in the last over of the innings and thus granting Australia a much needed win of course and a confidence booster.
After yet again losing Matthew Wade in the early stages, Mitch Marsh who has been a revelation at number three continued his good form, registering his third fifty of the series and his career best score 75 off just 44 bowls smashing 6 sixes and 4 fours alongside his captain Aaron Finch who found himself back in form scoring his maiden fifty of the series. The duo crafted a 114 run partnership only to be broken by the inform young Hayden Walsh Jr. who has been absolutely spot on with his lines and lengths throughout the series. The Aussies had some quiet middle overs , but thanks to their good run rate and their most experienced all rounder Dan Christian finishing the innings on a great note scoring 22 off just 14 deliveries .After posting a target of 190 , the Aussies were sitting pretty comfortable aiming for their first win at the end of first innings, only to witness a power-play carnage of Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis who added 56 runs in the first four overs of the innings thrashing the Aussie quicks . But with Aaron Finch introducing the surprise of Adam Zampa for the very first time in the powerplay in this series meant a dip in the Windies scoring rate with the latter picking up the all important wicket of swashbuckling Evin Lewis in the fifth over itself. Lendl Simmons eventually went on to score his maiden fifty of the series but got out towards the end as Mitch Marsh registered his career best bowling figures of 3 for 24 getting the better of the latter along with the Windies captain Nicholas Pooran in the same over itself.
The match went on the wire with 47 needed of the last three overs . With Andre Russell on the crease the 47 runs really did not look out of the reach of the Windies .But it was Fabian Allen who thrashed three consecutive sixes to young Riley Meredith scoring 25 runs off the 19th over of the innings . The match was perfectly poised in the last over with Mitch Starc bowling the last over will 11 runs to get for the Windies having their slog specialist “Dre Russ” on strike .
Mitch Starc bowled an amazing last over, bowling toe crushing yorkers which came as five consecutive dot balls. Their was a big cry of “come on” by the left armer who had defended the 11 run total that too against the in form and powerful Andre Russell . The all round performance of Mitch Marsh was awarded as the man of the match as Australia won their first match of the series by 4 runs .