Incredible Starc over saves crumbling Aussies

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Mitchell Starc has held his nervus to seal Australia's archetypal triumph of the T20 bid against the West Indies successful the Caribbean.

Starc (0-37 disconnected four) stepped up to vessel the last implicit of the innings with the West Indies needing 11 to win, having conscionable seen Riley Meredith (1-57 disconnected four) concede 25 runs disconnected the erstwhile implicit arsenic the location broadside threatened to bargain an improbable win.

But the left-arm speedy was superb nether pressure, with Andre Russell incapable to find the boundary. Bizarrely, Russell refused to instrumentality singles done the over, backing himself to deed fours and sixes to triumph the match.

The West Indies yet finished connected 6-185 successful reply to Australia's 6-189.

Much of the recognition for the triumph laic with Mitchell Marsh and Adam Zampa. Marsh continued his good signifier with his highest planetary people successful the shortest format of the game, arsenic good arsenic his best-ever bowling figures.

His treble of 75 from 44 balls and 3-24 earned him the antheral of the lucifer award.

"It's big, having the work of batting successful the apical three," Marsh said.

"Stats suggest if idiosyncratic gets implicit 60 you triumph much than you lose, that's thing we've spoken about."

Marsh reached his 50 from conscionable 24 balls successful a almighty show of hitting.

"I thought the caller shot came connected truly good tonight, we saw that with some teams," helium explained.

"We surely saw that arsenic an accidental to effort and get up early, I've grown up astatine the WACA truthful I emotion accelerated bowling."

Zampa's show with the shot was besides an important factor, the leg-spinner taking 2-20 disconnected his 4 overs. His introduction, successful the 5th implicit of the West Indies innings, paid contiguous dividends, picking up the wicket of Evin Lewis and breaking an opening basal that yielded 62 from conscionable 29 balls.

"It was a truly bully all-round performance," said Australian skipper Aaron Finch.

"I thought our bowlers showed a batch of character, particularly towards the backmost end. It's ne'er casual against guys that person got large reputations and immense power.

"We knew that if Mitchell Starc executed he's a bully arsenic anyone successful the world, we had a batch of religion successful him."

Marsh's 75 formed the backbone of Australia's total, on with 53 from Finch.

Of continuing interest though was yet different middle-order collapse, with Alex Carey (first shot duck), Moises Henriques (6) and Ashton Turner (6) departing successful speedy fashion, arsenic Australia slipped from 1-126 successful the 12th implicit to 6-166 successful the 18th over.

Apart from Marsh and Finch, lone No.7 Dan Christian (22 not retired from 14) reached treble figures.

Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh erstwhile again exposed Australia's mediate bid frailties against spin, picking up 3-27 disconnected 4 overs, with the wickets of Finch, Carey and Turner putting the brakes connected Australia's innings.

Today's innings was the 3rd clip successful the 4 matches truthful acold this bid Marsh has passed 50, the 29-year-old making a beardown lawsuit to clasp the fig 3 spot for the upcoming World Cup.

Steve Smith, nary certainty to beryllium acceptable for the tourney successful October, has batted successful that presumption successful astir of Australia's matches since 2019, with Josh Philippe and Matthew Wade filling the relation astir precocious erstwhile Smith was absent.

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