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West Indie | Rusell, Rutherford as bag consolatory win

West Indie | Rusell, Rutherford

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An aggressive innings from Andre Russell (71 for 29) a match-defining 139 with Sheriff Rutherford (67 for 40*) and an all-round brilliance from Ruston Chase (37 for 20 and 2-19) helped West Defeated the Indies by 37 runs. They have defeated Australia in the final T20I in Perth on Tuesday (February 13). The result sent the visitors out of the tour with a comfortable victory after Australia had already clinched the series with wins in the previous two matches. Russell and Rutherford produced an explosive display to guide the West Indie to a total of 220, the highest score by a visiting team in Australia in this format. The hosts tried to mount a big chase through David Warner (81 off 49) but lost too many wickets in the middle overs and eventually fell for good.

West Indie v/s Australia started with a bang

Electing to bat, West Indies found themselves in a soup at 17/3 when Australia’s new bowlers got the ball to do the talking. There was a hint of movement and Perth’s typical bounce made it difficult to create a shot early on. Xavier Bartlett got rid of Johnson Charles and Kyle Meyers while Jason Behrendorf took the big fish, Nicholas Pooran.

Chase Powell launched a mini-counterattack:

Despite early wickets falling, the West Indies refused to budge. Skipper Ruman Powell joined Chase as the duo added 55 runs off 30 balls to give the innings some momentum. His efforts showed that at this level Perth had to score runs if the batsmen were willing to come in.

Zampa, West Indie:

The Aussies were desperate to break the partnership and their spinner Adam Zampa did just that. He cleaned up the chase while Aaron Hardy then edged Powell to the ‘keeper. Two sets of batsmen fell within six balls and at 79/5, Australia returned to lead the contest.

Rutherford and Dre Russ performed a miracle:

The visiting batsmen continued to attack. Rutherford and Russell kept the momentum going but were also cautious in their shot selection. They took their matchup selectively and kept the scoreboard running. The carnage happened in the last six overs. A maximum of 84 runs came off the last 36 balls, including Zampa’s 28-run over. From a point where 170 looked like a good score, West Indies went from 200 to 220. Russell was at his best getting the ball to all parts while Rutherford was more skilled in his strokes. The left-hander, though, wasn’t shy about unleashing his power during the odd stroke.

Warner is leading Australia’s response:

The home side needed a strong power play and base to get closer to the big target. Warner led the charge, playing an aggressive role in an opening stand of 68 with captain Mitchell Marsh. The left-hander also dominated the 46-run stand with Aaron Hardy. What the West Indies did well was to ensure that Warner’s teammates could not overtake his scoring rate. Both Marsh and Hardy were unable to turn up at their home ground, leaving Warner to do the heavy lifting.

West Indie kills the competition:

With Warner at the crease, Australia had a chance. The equation calls for 108 runs off 48 balls – a required rate of 13.5 runs per over. It might sound like a bit much but Perth has historically been a ground where a truckload of runs come at the back end of the innings. West Indies had to restrict Warner and Chase with their off break, with the opener holed out at deep midwicket. Shortly after, he also caught Josh Inglis on a quick return and the Australian innings hit a snag.

The required rate rose sharply, and the game was over with Glenn Maxwell struggling. Tim David made a quick cameo at the end but only served to limit the damage.

Brief scores: West Indies 220/6 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 71, Sheriff Rutherford 67*; Xavier Bartlett 2-37) beat Australia 183/5 in 20 overs (David Warner 81, Tim David 41*; Ruston Chase 2-19) from 37 runs

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