Facing a challenging situation after opting to bat first and losing three wickets in the opening three overs, Russell (71 off 29 balls) and Rutherford (67 not out off 40 balls) put up a remarkable fight. Their explosive partnership of 139 runs set a new standard. Highest partnership for the sixth wicket in T20 International.
West Indies put pressure on Australia and scored a strong score of 220-6. In reply, the hosts managed to score 183–5, with David Warner top-scoring with 81 in his final match for Australia on home soil.
This win marked a strong comeback for West Indies after losing the first match by 11 runs in Hobart. Australia won the series with a 34-run win in Adelaide. Spinner Adam Zampa had a tough performance, conceding 65 runs in four overs, making it his most expensive performance in the T20 format.
Overall, the third T20 match witnessed an exciting display of cricket, with the extraordinary partnership of Russell and Rutherford being the highlight of the game.
“I was very happy that I was able to contribute tonight,” Russell said. “I think that’s the nature of this team, we’re never out of it. Five wickets fell, but there was no panic in the changing room.
“I’m glad we came together as a team and we definitely played as a unit tonight.”
Australia made a solid start while chasing West Indies’ high score and reached 61 for no loss after six overs of powerplay with opener Warner and the captain in the finals. Michelle Marsh At the crease.
Warner achieved a personal feat by completing his 3,000th run and his 26th half-century in T20 Internationals off just 25 balls. However, the partnership was broken when Marsh was out on 17, caught by Jason Holder off the bowling of Akeal Hosein.
Australia reached 98–1 at half-time, but West Indies fought back with disciplined bowling, leading to a turning point in the match when Australia lost three wickets for only three runs. Roston Chase played a key role by dismissing Warner and Josh Inglis, while Romario Shepherd bowled Aaron Hardie.
Despite Glenn Maxwell’s brilliant innings of 120 not out in the last match, the required run rate proved to be very challenging. With 96 runs needed from the last five overs, Maxwell’s efforts were also inadequate and he was out for 12 runs.
Ultimately the target failed, and even Tim David’s quickfire 41 could not save Australia as they fell behind, giving West Indies a 37-run win.
“We knew they would be coming into this series, they are a really good team with some amazing cricketers, so fair play to West Indies,” Marsh said.
After Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was rested, Xavier Bartlett made his debut and Johnson Charles dismissed wicketkeeper Matthew Wade in his first over, before he bowled Kyle Mayers in his second.
between, Nicholas Pooran West Indies were dismissed 17–3 by Jason Behrendorff.
But Chase began to rebuild, scoring 17 off Bartlett’s third over, before his luck ran out against Zampa, bowled on 37 as he attempted to hit another big one.
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Russell hit seven sixes and four fours, while Rutherford hit five sixes and five fours.
(with AFP input)
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