Josh Hazlewood Shines as Australia Crush West Indies by 58 Runs in Tri-Series Final

June 27 17:00 2016

ausNew Delhi, Monday, June 27 – The interesting Tri-Series among Australia, South Africa and West Indies came to an ended on Sunday, June 26. And it was Australian team that surprised the host in the grand finale to win the cup and go back home with their heads held high.

Ups and downs with the teams on the points table kept increasing interest of the masses in the series, which caught the attention thanks to players with immense potential to change the game and benefit squad by pouring great efforts to win the contest. The tournament kicked off from June 3 and ended on June 26. 10 matches were played in the tournament. It grabbed eyeballs after West Indies thrashed South Africa in a decisive match on June 24 by 100 runs.

West Indies Playing XI which had Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Sulieman Benn, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel, Johnson Charles, Carlos Brathwaite, Marlon Samuels, Jason Holder and Jonathan Carter defeated Proteas by defending 285 runs. South Africa suffered batting collapse that made them miss the chance of booking a berth in the finals. Despite being capable enough to log victory having AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien,  Jean-Paul Duminy, Hashim Amla, Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi, they have to go back with some pain in heart of not making in the last match.

Key players lost their wickets at a time when their presence on the crease would have created the huge difference. Besides this, they did not succeed to outshine Bravo, Pollard, Holder and Brathwaite who played crucial innings of 102 runs, 62 runs, 40 runs and 33 runs, respectively. West Indies won the match by a great margin as the travellers were all out for 185 runs. The victory was crucial for the host given that the contest was taking place on their own soil. When it was needed to play as a unit, West Indies did that, getting close to the thought of winning the series against Australia. All preparations at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados were done to host the match. Pitch and weather conditions had their significance in more ways than one.

The Aussies Playing XI included Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Nathan Coulter-Nile, George Bailey, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood. Those in extras were Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, James Faulkner and Scott Boland. West Indies squad consisted of Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn and Shannon Gabriel. The players on bench were Ashley Nurse and Jonathan Carter.

Each member on the Australian side had their own role in the group and performing as a unit paid off for them after skipper Smith won the toss and decided to bat first. The stadium with seating capacity of nearly 28,000 was well occupied since fans made sure to witness all actions of the contest live. Start wasn’t as like as it was expected in view of the fact that the opening batsman Usman Khawaja was dismissed by Holder at a time when looked strong. His 14-run knock off 14 balls comprised three boundaries. But Aaron Finch and Steven Smith did not let pressure to build, making sure wickets isn’t lost until some good amount of runs are scored.

Finch was turning a threat when Pollard showed him the way back to the dressing room. 47 runs were scored by the Australian opener in 41 deliveries, inclusive of six 4s and a biggie. The West Indies could not capitalize the breakthrough in a way that could have let them have a better percentage of share of being in the match than Australia. George Bailey was dismissed by Brathwaite at a score of 22, which consisted of a couple of boundaries. Smith was the next man to depart after not judging the ball by Shannon Gabriel right and losing his wicket when he was just four runs away from pocketing a fifty. His innings comprised four 4s. 11 Glenn Maxwell arrived and hit and four but couldn’t go beyond as his innings came to an end as the 31st over got finished.

Mitchell Marsh sent the ball towards the fences for four times. Before succumbing to Benn, 32 runs were contributed by him in the team’s total score. Matthew Wade, the Australian wicket keeper was not out at a score of 57 that came in 52 deliveries. West Indies bowlers were trying their best to get his wicket but did not get success. Wade’s innings was studded with a couple of fours and three sixes, which were timed right. Mitchell Starc was stumped by Ramdin when Narine was back on attack. He struck a four and six in his short stint which allowed him score 17 runs off 25 balls. Nathan Coulter-Nile lost his wicket to Holder at a score of 15 off 10 balls (4 x 1). Adam Zampa was run out thanks to great fielding and response timing by Brathwaite at 5 runs. Josh Hazlewood was not out at a zero.

Holder and Gabriel took two wickets apiece while Brathwaite, Pollard, Narine and Benn took one wicket each. After 50 overs, Australia were able to accumulate 270 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Despite the fact that not so many runs were put on the scoreboard by the visiting squad, West Indies couldn’t make use of capabilities to get even near to the target. The likelihood of pitch going slower was high and Zampa made best use of it, bowling deliveries beautifully. Keeping things simple and sticking to fundamentals helped Hazlewood, who was on cloud nine thanks to his five wicket haul.

Andre Fletcher faced 25 balls but scored nine runs, together with a boundary, when Hazlewood bowled a delivery to finish his stint and give a strong hope to Australia of being in the game. The first wicket came in 11th over as Johnson Charles was making sure to stay on the 22 yards pitch and save the team from collapsing when it was required to stay strong. However, others did not seem determined enough. Mitchell Marsh took wickets of both Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels at a score of 6.  In Marsh’s over, Charles got his legs before wicket when playing at an individual total of 45 (4 x 4 and 6 x 1).

Denesh Ramdin, the wicket-keeper batsman of West Indies, batted confidently. Nonetheless, the kind of support he was eying did not come. Kieron Pollard gave some hope post hitting a six and four but Zampa got his wicket when the batsman was at a score of 20. Jason Holder took pace of scoring runs a bit up by hitting three 4s and a biggie. His 34-run knock came in 37 balls. Had Coulter-Nile not dismissed him, the final outcome may have been different; who knows. Carlos Brathwaite’s 14-run innings consisted of a six and four. A big inning was required but that made wickets to fall. The 27-year-old right-handed batsman Brathwaite was dismissed while attempting to score faster.

Ramdin’s wicket was earned by Hazlewood at a score of 40 (4 x 2 and 6 x 1).  Sunil Narine showcased his ability to take a stand when needed and displayed some good play without getting scared of bowling attack. Hazlewood dismissed him to let Australia heave a sigh of relief since 23 runs were scored by him in 18 balls, inclusive of four 4s.  Sulieman Benn was dismissed b Hazlewood at a score of 2. Australia beat West Indies by 58 runs in Tri-Series final after Benn’s wicket. Shannon Gabriel was not out at 1 run. Marsh was declared ‘Player of the Match’, while Hazlewood, the 25-year-old Australian cricketer, was awarded ‘Man of the Series’.

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