February 13, 2024

Live T20 Australia v West Indies: Stunning Windies revival sets Australia a daunting chase

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Australia on target after 10 overs

Slight plateau from Australia since Marsh departed, Hardie with nine runs from as many balls as he and Warner trade singles. A smart reverse dink over the keeper from Warner though – very well-played against Roston Chase’s off breaks.

The required run-rate is pushing up around 12 an over now, but you suspect there won’t be any panic with Warner at the crease. A century is well and truly on offer – 71 from 37 so far. After 10 overs the West Indies were 5-92, but this is the point Andre Russell and Sherfane Rutherford went bananas.

Australia 1-98 (Warner 71*, Hardie 10*) need 123 runs to win


Warner passes 50 as Marsh departs

Australia starting to motor now, still with a bit of luck. Mitch Marsh doesn’t middle a boundary through mid-on, it only just clears a sprawling Andre Russell. It’s preceded by a fantastically large six from Warner, flicking Holder for 93 metres over backward square leg.

Warner approaching 50 now – he’s 44 from 24 balls – and the run-rate is being kept in check as Akeal Hosein comes into the attack after power play. Warner doesn’t even need a look at the spinner. First ball, outside off. Goes down on one leg and thrashes him over the rope at mid-on. That’s his 50.

Warner raises the bat for his 26th T20 half-century.Credit: Getty

Two balls later though, Hosein pulls his length back and Marsh can only top-edge a pull shot. Comfortable catch for Jason Holder in the deep. Undone by a bit of bounce from the left-arm spinner. Aaron Hardie to the crease at No.3.

Australia: 1-68 (Warner 50*, Marsh 17) need 153 runs to win


Warner off to a frantic start

Beautiful pull shot behind square from Warner for four but battling for fluency so far. A couple of play and misses and attempted reverse sweep over the keeper that could easily have bowled him.

Starting to move now though with a bit of luck. Hammers Alzarri Joseph down the ground, great shot. Thick edge for four more over the slip, not such a great shot. Still, runs are runs. Marsh gets in on the act with the first six of the innings, hooking a short ball sliding down leg into the stands.

Warner wears one on the chin.Credit: Getty

Fifteen from the over and Andre Russell into the attack. Warner top edges his first ball over slip for six. Cops the next one in the grill of his helmet, then cuts the third ball for four.

Australia: 0-37 (Warner 26*, Marsh 11*) need 184 runs to win


Australia’s chase begins

Alzarri Joseph to open the bowling for the West Indies as Mitch Marsh walks out with David Warner. Australia need 11 an over to claim the series 3-0.

First ball: Marsh on strike. One slip and a gully in, keeper standing a long way back, almost 30 metres. Beautiful delivery. Draws Marsh onto the front foot with a wobbly old front foot defence. Beats the bat at 146 km/hr.

Second ball: Beats him again. This time back of a length at 143.8km/hr. Marsh flashing wide outside off.

Third ball: Similar length, a little tighter and Marsh goes legside. Thumping pull shot over the infield for four.

Fourth ball: Angles back in at the stumps on a length. Squares Marsh up and he squeezes a single behind point.

Warner hits out.Credit: Getty

Fifth ball: Now to the left-handed Warner. Slip stays in, two back behind square on the legside. Full and swinging. Half-hearted LBW appeal as Warner scrambles a single from an inside edge.

Sixth ball: Great first over. Swinging back into Marsh and no run as he’s half-beaten trying to turn to the onside.

Jason Holder from the other end to Warner.

Australia: 0-6 (Warner 1*, Marsh 5*) need 215 runs to win


Australia’s bowling card


Record partnership sets Australia 221 to win

Thirteen from the last over, with Russell thumping another four and six, gives the West Indies a monster 221 on the board. Hell of a fightback from 5-79. Glenn Maxwell with the catch from Johnson to have Russell out for 71.

He and Rutherford’s 139-run partnership is the biggest in any international T20 for the sixth wicket.

Phenomenal effort to recover from 5-79 and very well played by Sherfane Rutherford. Five sixes from his bat, 14 in total for the Windies.


Wade’s sledge blows up in 28-run over

Matthew Wade chipped Andre Russell last over with “I forgot you were playing”. Russell answers with a flat-batted six down the ground from Zampa and then another boundary that was very nearly a diving catch for Tim David. Didn’t seem to pick it up and only just got a hand to that before it spilled over the boundary. Russell thumps another six down the ground.

Andre Russell goes after Adam Zampa.Credit: Getty

This is officially Zampa’s most expensive T20 spell. Another six – his fifth of the innings – takes Russell past 50. Sliced that one away over extra cover, before finishing with another six down the ground. Twenty-eight off the over, Zampa’s four overs go for 65 runs. Last over of the innings now.

West Indies: 5-207 (Rutherford 66*, Russell 61*)


One-handed crowd catch matches Windies fireworks

Rutherford now, he was stuck in the mud just minutes ago, and has suddenly pumped two sixes from as many balls from Spencer Johnson.

Slices the first over third man, then swivels a hook shot down into the stands at fine leg for what is an excellent, one-handed catch by a punter in the crowd. Never looked like spilling his beverage.

Rutherford helps himself to another couple of fours from the bowling of Hardie and he finishes the over with his first international T20 half-century, sneaks another boundary past short third man to do so.

Rutherford hits out.Credit: Getty

Andre Russell is reduced to bystander status as the partnership pushes up to 100 and Rutherford takes Behrendorff for another six.

West Indies: 5-179 (Rutherford 66*, Russell 33*)


Russell spearheads Windies fightback

Adam Zampa taking more stick, almost getting a wicket too though as Russell reaches for a wide ball outside off stump and just clears the fielder at cover.

Four more for Russell though, coming after Sherfane Rutherford hammered Aaron Hardie for the biggest six of the match behind square leg.

The scene in Perth.Credit: Getty

Russell hitting at a strike-rate of 200 and Zampa going at 12 an over. The 50-partnership comes up from 33 balls. Bartlett into the attack and high-pressure situation with Russell in ominous touch. He’s done well though, taking pace off the ball and dropping short and wide.

Rutherford hits a boundary from high on the bat after just two runs from Bartlett’s first four balls. Just six from the over and 2-37 on debut for Bartlett. Great effort from the new boy.

West Indies: 5-130 (Rutherford 20*, Russell 30*)


Dre Russ goes berserk

Andre Russell and the Windies, fighting fire with fire. He and Russell have taken a six each from Adam Zampa, who loses control of one too and bowls a full-toss no-ball that’s taken for three.

He avoids any further carnage by slinging the free hit through for a dot ball but there’s 18 from that over. Behrendorff back into the attack with the run-rate at 10 an over. Excellent over from Behrendorff, just three from the over. He’s been Australia’s best bowler for mine.

West Indies: 5-113 (Rutherford 10*, Russell 23*)

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