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RUSSELL & RUTHERFORD’S HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP LEADS WEST INDIES TO WIN, ENDING AUSTRALIA TOUR ON A HIGH NOTE

RUSSELL & RUTHERFORD’S HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP LEADS WEST INDIES TO WIN, ENDING AUSTRALIA TOUR ON A HIGH NOTE

Perth, Western Australia – The West Indies were in complete control after Sherfane Rutherford (67 from 40) and Andre Russell (71 from 29) produced the greatest sixth wicket partnership in T20 International cricket history. The Caribbean squad went on to win the third and final T20I of their tour to Australia. With 139 runs in 67 balls, the duo helped the West Indies to a massive total of 220-6 in the 20 overs that were allocated to them. Following that, the bowling team delivered to limit Australia to 183-5, completing Australia’s first T20I victory since 2013.

Captain Rovman Powell (21 from 14) chose to have his team set the goal after winning his third toss of the series.

Despite a shaky start to the innings that seemed to condemn the Men in Maroon to a low total at 17-3 (2.5 overs), Roston Chase (37 from 20) stepped to the crease and provided some stability, partnering with the captain for 55 runs while still scoring at a respectable clip. Rutherford and Russell established their dominance and guided the team to a 200+ score after they were both removed.

After dismissing both of the West Indian openers in his first ODI series earlier in the month, Xavier Bartlett, making his debut, grabbed 2-37 in his 4 overs. The other four Australian bowlers all claimed one wicket apiece.

The Hosts were always going to have their work cut out for them. But they got off to a terrific start with to Mitchell Marsh (17 from 13) and David Warner (81 from 49), who combined to score 68 runs in 6.3 overs before the latter was removed by Akeal Hosein (1-33). The West Indies steadily removed wickets to limit the Australians, and that ended up being the biggest partnership of the innings.

With a masterful exhibition of off-spin bowling, Roston Chase claimed 2-19 in the overs he was given. The other star player for the West Indies with the ball was Romario Shepherd (2-31).

During the news conference following the game, Roston Chase discussed the team’s mental toughness, saying, Regarding the batting, he went on,The Australia vs. West Indies T20I series and the lengthy visit, which started with test cricket in January, came to an end with this game. The Men in Maroon will be proud of drawing the test series, defeating Australia in their first away test match in 27 years, and now having the opportunity to make history in the Twenty20 International format. The team’s goal now is to perfect its preparation ahead of a home T20 World Cup in June, with the goal of being the first country to win the trophy three times.

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