swung over the leg side, finds the gap at deep midwicket but it's Australia's game. Just too late from Russell tonight.
Australia win by four runs and make it 3-1 in the series. What a terrific game that was from start to finish. Australia raced out of the blocks thanks to Mitchell Marsh and were then pulled back by Hayden Walsh Jr. Then Lendl Simmons started the chase in style before Marsh and Adam Zampa turned the match before Fabian Allen took Riley Meredith for four sixes. However, Mitchell Starc stood tall to deny Andre Russell in the last over. Was it the right call not to take those runs? You can understand Russell backing himself. An excellent contest. I'll bring you the presentations shortly.
Taha Sh: "Starc should be given the Motm award for that last over itself, won the match out of nowhere after that disastrous over from Meredith"
arun g: "Backing yourself to hit the big shots is fine! But, turning down singles with 4 wickets in hand, especially when you can run byes with the keeper standing back, doesn't seem to make sense. That would have put the bowler under so much more pressure in the last 2 deliveries!"
Max: "Geez, what a game! Although Finch may have almost lost it for Australia by picking Meredith over Behrendorff."
Mitchell Marsh is player of the match. "I thought the new ball came on really well tonight. We saw that with both teams. Growing up at the WACA, I love [facing] fast bowling, a bit of fun. It was a great all-round performance from all our bowlers. I thought it was probably par, the wicket slowed up towards the back end but with West Indies you never think it's enough."
Nicholas Pooran "We didn't start properly, the momentum shifted in the fourth over. We let them get away from us and didn't execute as good as wanted to. Maybe we could have got more singles in the middle overs, that last over was well executed by Mitchell Starc so well bowled to him. The way Hayden bowled again, Fabien Allen with the bat, he looked like Superman, so a lot of positives."
Aaron Finch "We stuck at it all the way, they got away in the Powerplay but that can happen. The way Mitch got away to flier allowed me to sit back. Then it was a chance for both of us to accelerate after the rain break. We knew if Mitchell Starc executes he's as good as anyone in the world. Lot of faith in him. The way Adam Zampa bowled through the middle, Mitch Marsh and Jason Behrendorff, took the pace off the ball."
I'll wrap things up there for today. We'll be back for the final match of the series on Friday. For now, from Gnasher and Peter, it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.
Starc has done it
big full toss, swung high into the air, doesn't get the timing, lands safe but no runs taken
Needs two sixes now
full, angled into the pads, Russell misses his swing this time and rebounds off the pads to short third man
low full toss at the pads, swung out to deep midwicket and the run is again declined
11 off 4. All on Russell
full, angled in at the pads, clubbed straight to deep midwicket and again he turns down the run
11 off 5
round the wicket, a yorker outside leg stump, knocks Russell off his feet, goes through midwicket but he doesn't run
Who gets the final over? Will be Starc. 11 needed off six balls.
edged, caught behind! Full and wide outside off, goes for another big and gets a thin edge. Has that come too late for Australia
three in row! Onto the grass banks. What an innings from Allen. Who needs Andre Russell? This was wider outside off, another slower ball, Allen opened the face a touch and carved it over deep point
this is even bigger! Oh boy, what a display. Meredith went back-of-a-length with a slower ball, Allen couldn't have hit this any sweeter over deep midwicket
Huge pressure on Meredith now
huge...six more! A big full toss outside off from Meredith and Allen dispatches it over long-on into the stands
gets the yorker in outside off, Russell swings and it takes an inside edge to the leg side. Russell annoyed
crunched! A low full toss outside off, almighty power from Russell as it rockets down the ground. Long-on barely had to move and couldn't get it
This is an interesting call. Meredith for the 19th ahead of Behrendoff
beats the off stump with a low full toss that Allen can't get a connection on...West Indies still just about in touch
magnificent shot! You won't see better than that. Starc offers up length this time, Allen lofts it over wide mid-off
over short third man! Curtly Ambrose picked it on commentary. Low full toss, Allen swings hard and the thick edge flies in the air over the man inside the ring
terrific yorker! How did that miss? Lands it perfectly just outside off stump. Allen swings and misses
very wide on the crease from round the wicket, a full toss at the stumps, driven powerfully but long-off is stationed very straight. Russell off strike
lands short of deep cover, and Carey nearly done by the spin! He's used to having the gloves in. A scything drive from Russell at a delivery outside off. Was a good recovery from Carey
Mitchell Starc to try and close this out
drags the length back, 112kph, another slower ball, swatted through square leg but the deep fielder does well to keep it to a single
there we go! Full at the stumps, Russell keeps his head down and crunches it over wide long-on
Over 20 • WI 185/6Australia won by 4 runs