Mitchell Starc finished as the leading wicket-taker of the series with 11 scalps from three games.
Australia have managed to win the three-match ODI series against the West Indies 2-1. The team, led by Alex Carey beat the Caribbean team by six wickets in the third ODI at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. They lost the second match but showed nerves of steel in the deciding encounter.
Lewis scores fifty, but hosts crumble
After electing to bat first, West Indies hardly got going as they were bowled out for a paltry 152 in 45.1 overs. Evin Lewis was the only positive aspect in the hosts’ shambolic batting performance. The left-hander stayed unbeaten, having scored 55 runs off 66 balls with five fours and three big sixes.
Shai Hope, skipper Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo got into double digits, but none could convert their starts. For the Aussies, Mitchell Starc was impressive yet again as he picked up three wickets at crunch moments. Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa picked up two wickets each.
Wade guides Australia home
The Aussies didn’t have a great start either as left-arm spinner Akeal Hosen got rid of both the openers- Josh Philippe and Moises Henriques- in pretty quick succession. Thereafter, a vital 38-run stand between skipper Alex Carey and Mitchell Marsh and resurrected the innings for the visiting team.
Even as Carey scored 35, Marsh contributed 29. From there on, Matthew Wade took the attacking route and took the Aussies over the finishing line with 19.3 overs left. The southpaw stayed not out on 51 off 52 with five fours and two sixes. Agar also contributed with a useful 33-ball 19.
We didn’t bat well: Kieron Pollard
After West Indies’ loss, Kieron Pollard wasn’t a happy man. He lashed out at the batters for their lacklustre show. Carey, the Australian skipper, on the other hand, was over the moon.
“Obviously, we didn’t bat well. Yes, the wicket was a bit tacky but not losing early wickets was the key. Not getting partnerships is what has been haunting us for a while. If we had got a 220 score on that pitch, it could have been different,” Pollard said after the match.
“Personally, and collectively, it’s exciting (to win a series). It’s tough leaving home in a pandemic. The commitment that these guys showed was great to see and getting a result in our favour was great. The T20s didn’t go our way but it’s nice to see some reward for our commitment,” Carey said.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to Australia’s win:
Most Player of series as a Pacer in ODI:
4 – STARC 🌠
4 – Waqur Younis
3 – Bret Lee
3 – Wasim Akram
2 – Shane Bond
2 – Malinga
2 – Donald
2 – McGrath
2 – Woakes
Greatest ODI Bowler#WIvAUS pic.twitter.com/fcGPP5lb4O
— STATS collector (@onlyforstats) July 27, 2021
Mitchell Starc Won the Player Of The Series Award for his Brilliant Bowling Performance throughout whole ODI Series. #WIvAUS pic.twitter.com/ZckQ6VoTbp
— Only Dhonism and Csksm (@NithishSarava12) July 27, 2021
Mitchell Starc in the ODI series against West Indies:
Wickets – 11.
Average – 10.64.
Economy – 4.31.#WIvAUS #WIvsAUS #Mitchellstarc
— Bibekananda Sahu (@IamBibeka) July 27, 2021
Mitchell Starc after 99 ODIs:
195 wickets at 22.45
Current bowler fastest to 200 ODI wickets is Saqlain Mushtaq in 104 games (https://t.co/ZpPR8aAfO6)
Landmarks approaching when Australia next play ODIs in January#WIvAUS
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) July 27, 2021
He is finally back😎
Want to see the same starc in t20WC#Beast #WIvAUS #Master https://t.co/Zl2oyg3sia
— Maaran😎 (@itzMaaran) July 27, 2021
I literally didn’t have any expectations that Aus will be winning today buttt yes they did. They give me heartbreaks buttt at the end makes me happy toooo! Love em ahhhh <3#WIvAUS
— aay 🦄 (@_kawaaai) July 27, 2021
Waking up to Aus winning the series, FINALLLLYYY! What a start to the day yayyy#WIvAUS
— aay 🦄 (@_kawaaai) July 27, 2021
Time to celebrate! #WIvAUS pic.twitter.com/StlrumZKyT
— Sanjay.V (@Sanjay77977) July 27, 2021
Calculated attack on the pitch by Windies captain Kieron Pollard on the globally broadcast presentation ceremony after the game #WIvAus pic.twitter.com/K4iyFgjT55
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) July 27, 2021
@strangeprani Ye Starc ka harr ICC tournament se pehle form m aana jaruri hai kya!!?….🥲#WIvAUS pic.twitter.com/nyZv3QpHk4
— Priyanshu Bangwal (@p_bangwal42) July 27, 2021
Series winners! 🙌
A brilliant team effort today earned us a six-wicket win and the series victory 2-1! #WIvAUS
Next stop, Bangladesh. pic.twitter.com/YVCreon4rb
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 27, 2021
Australia win the series, but it has been a tough tour. Opportunities gone begging for middle order spots. Still a lot of uncertainty for a final squad for the T20WC later this year. #WIvAUS #T20WC
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) July 27, 2021
An elite ODI series from Australia’s pace spearhead! #WIvAUS pic.twitter.com/XZ9kLWH2Ne
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 26, 2021