WI vs AUS: A thundering knock from Chris Gayle along with Nicholas Pooran’s steady approach helped West Indies to beat Australia by six wickets in the third T20I match. With this stunning win, West Indies clinch the T20I series against Australia with two more matches still left.
West Indies bowlers kept it tight to restrict Australia to an average total of 141/6. However, West Indies chased the target comfortably with 31 balls to spare. During the thrilling run chase, Chris Gayle became the first cricketer to score 14,000 T20 runs.
Chasing a target of 142 runs, hosts got off to a bad start as Mitchell Starc removed Windies opener, Andre Fletcher, for four runs right in the first over. Lendl Simmons & Chris Gayle stitched a brief 38 runs stand for the second wicket before Australia’s Riley Meredith removed Wade Opener reducing West Indies to 42/2 within the power play.
However Chris Gayle steady West Indies innings by smashing the ball for maximums & boundaries to score his first half-century since 2016. He hit the ball for three consecutive sixes to bring up his gleaming half-century. However, Meredith struck & removed Gayle in the 12th over but the West Indies were already back on track as they needed just 33 runs in eight overs to win. Nicholas Pooran & Andre Russell in the end scored the remaining runs & guided West Indies to a series-clinching win over Australia in the 15th over.
Earlier winning the toss & opting to bat first, Australia smashed 141 runs despite having a good start. Matthew Wade & Captain Aaron Finch together stitched a 41 runs partnership for the first wicket in five overs. However, Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals as the batsmen never got settled on the crease & were struggling to score runs. Australia were 80/4 in 12 overs, with Moises Henriques 33 & Ashton Turn’s 24 tried to revive Australia’s innings but failed to bring up a decent total.
WI vs AUS Brief Scores:
Australia 141/6 (Moises Henriques 33, Aaron finch 30, Hayden Walsh 2-18) West Indies 142/4 (Chris Gayle 67, Nicholas Pooran 32, Riley Meredith 3-48)