WI vs AUS 4th T20 last over: Mitchell Starc and Andre Russell last over faceoff during West Indies vs Australia fourth
Andre Russell vs Mitchell Starc
- 4th T20 International match between West Indies and Australia
- The match turned out to be very exciting and the team won by a close margin.
- The limits of thrill were crossed in the last two overs of West Indies’ innings.
Saint Lucia: The limits of thrill were crossed in the fourth T20 International match played between West Indies and Australia on Thursday. The match was sometimes seen going in favor of Australia and sometimes in favor of West Indies. There were many ups and downs in this match. There was sudden excitement on the faces of the players of both the teams and suddenly there was disappointment. After each ball, it was becoming difficult to predict which team would win.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 189 runs in the stipulated 20 overs thanks to the fine innings of Mitchell Marsh (75) and captain Aaron Finch (53). In reply, the experienced Lendl Simmons (72) fought for the West Indies, but Mitchell Marsh took two wickets in two consecutive balls to get Australia back. Then Fabian Allen played a blazing innings and brought West Indies into the match. The hosts needed 36 runs in the last two overs with five wickets falling.
Riley Meredith did the 19th over of the innings and he was thrashed fiercely by Russell and Allen. Meredith was only able to see once in his over seeing the ball being adjacent to the ground, the rest of the time the ball was seen going in the air. Russell hits a six in the direction of long on on the first ball of Meredith’s over. Russell took a run off the next ball.
Then Allen continuously hit three sixes. Fabian Allen hits a six in the direction of long on on the third ball of the over. On the fourth ball, Allen hit a long six over deep midwicket. On the fifth ball, Allen hit his third consecutive six over deep point. Allen was out on the last ball. West Indies needed 11 runs in the last 6 balls with four wickets remaining.
Read the full story of the last over
Faced with two giants in the last over (Andre Russell on strike and Mitchell Starc coming to bowl)
first ballStarc, who came to bowl from round the wicket and bowled a yorker outside the leg stump. Russell played the ball towards midwicket with his foot back, but did not take a run.
second ball : Full length ball coming towards the pads. Russell plays a shot towards deep midwicket, but once again refuses to take a run. It seems that Russell does not want to put pressure on new batsman Hayden Walsh and wants the team to win matches on his own.
third ball : Low full toss ball on the pads. Russell played a shot towards deep midwicket and denied for the third time in a row.
fourth ball : Once again full length ball, bring it inside in the direction of the pads. Hitting Russell’s pads, the ball went in the direction of short third man. Didn’t take any runs. Now West Indies have to score two runs in the last two balls to win.
fifth ball : Big full toss, Russell plays an aerial shot. The bat did not make good contact with the ball. The ball landed at a safe place. But the batsmen did not take a single run.
sixth ball : Swinging the ball on the leg side. Russell hits a six over deep midwicket. It took a while to hit a six from Russell. Australia won the match by a close margin.
West Indies’ team needed 11 runs in the last over, but Russell could not manage to get it, West Indies had to face a 4-run defeat. In reply to Australia’s score, the West Indies team could score 185 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. With this, Australia tasted the first win on the ongoing West Indies tour.
Australia reduced the margin of loss to 1-3 in the current five T20 Internationals. The fifth and final T20 International match of the series will be played on Saturday according to the Indian calendar. Mitchell Marsh (75 runs and three wickets) was adjudged man of the match for his all-round performance.
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