Australia wins the 4th T20I against West Indies, Mitchell Marsh shines

Mitchell Marsh hit 75 runs and took three wickets to put Australia in a position to win the game.

Mitchell Marsh hit 75 runs and took three wickets to put Australia in a position to win the game, but it took Mitchell Starc’s outstanding bowling in the final over to put an end to the West Indies winning streak.

The West Indies clinched the five-match Twenty20 International series after winning the first three games and came within one scoring shot of making it four consecutive victories on Wednesday. The hosts required 11 runs from the final over, but Starc delivered five consecutive dot balls before giving a six on the final delivery to give Australia a four-run victory.

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The Australians batted first and recorded 189-6 in an innings that was twice halted by rain breaks, with Marsh hitting 75 off 44 balls for his third half-century of the series and sharing a 114-run second-wicket stand with skipper Aaron Finch, who added 53.

In response, the West Indies got off to a quick start, with openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis racing to 62, taking 15 from Riley Meredith in the second over and 23 from Dan Christian in the fourth. Adam Zampa, a wrist spinner, was brought in early in the fifth over and bowled Lewis for 31 runs off 14 deliveries.

Marsh’s first wicket, Chris Gayle (1), was a big one, as he was caught just inside the long-on boundary and the Australians recovered and manage to cut the run-rate. The West Indies counterattack appeared to have faded when Marsh dismissed Nicholas Pooran (16) and Simmons (72 off 48 balls) on consecutive deliveries in the 16th over. However, There was a sting in the tail.

Andrew Russell and Fabian Allen took on the bowling and plundered Meredith for 25 in the penultimate over when 36 runs were needed off the last two overs to win. Russell smashed a six on the first ball of the over and Allen (29) hit three successive sixes before edging the last ball behind, requiring 11 runs off six balls.

Left-arm Mitchell Starc proved why he is one of the best fast bowlers in the world. He restricted the scoring options to just six by bowling from wide around the wicket and angled towards Russell’s pads. Russell struck the final ball for six runs to finish unbeaten on 24, putting the home team on 185-6.

The fifth game will take place on Friday.