T20 series vs. West Indies: Mitchell Marsh full show gives Australia first win

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Australia’s Mitchell Marsh almost single-handedly earned the visitors a consolation victory over the West Indies on Wednesday.
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Saint Lucia: All-rounder Mitchell Marsh scored 75 points and won three wickets as Australia beat the West Indies by four points in the fourth Twenty20 international match in Saint Lucia on Wednesday to register their first win in the five-a-side series matches.

The West Indies took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series on Monday, with the final game scheduled for Friday at the same venue. The teams will then play three one-day Internationals from July 20.

The visitors opted to strike first and set the West Indies a goal of 190 after Marsh hit six sixes and four limits, while skipper Aaron Finch scored 53 points on 37 balls.

Moises Henriques and Ashton Turner were both sacked for six, but versatile Dan Christian was undefeated on 22.

“It was a great overall performance from all of our bowlers. I thought it was probably normal, the wicket slowed down backwards, but with the West Indies you never think it’s enough, ”said Marsh.

The West Indies got off to a good start in their response thanks to Lendl Simmons before Adam Zampa knocked out opener Evin Lewis (31) and Andre Fletcher (six).

Big hitter Chris Gayle smashed 67 of 38 balls to help the hosts secure the victory in Game 3, but he couldn’t repeat the feat and was out for one.

Marsh took two big wickets in the 16th, with West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran (16) caught from a distance by Christian and Simmons sent off for 72.

Fabian Allen (29) punched Riley Meredith for three sixes in the 19th to give the hosts some hope, but Mitchell Starc turned down Andre Russell (24, not eliminated) in the final.

Brief Notes: Australia 189/6 over 20 overs (A. Finch 53, M. Marsh 75) vs. West Indies 185/6 over 20 overs (L. Simmons 72, E. Lewis 31; M. Marsh 3/24).

Result: Australia won by four points.

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