Glenn Maxwell’s mesmerizing display puts Australia into the finals after six wicket win over Windies

The eighth game of the West Indies tri-nation series saw Australia take on hosts West indies at Bridgetown, Barbados. Australia came out on top in the day night fixture and have qualified for the finals of the tournament after winning the game by six wickets.

Glenn Maxwell came to the crease with game in balance and delivered a fabulous performance as he made an unbeaten 46 runs off 26 balls to help his side chase down a score of 282 runs with eight balls to spare. Mitchell Marsh was the batsman who anchored the whole innings as he struck unbeaten 79 runs off 85 balls after Australia lost their both openers inside first ten overs. Steven Smith as the skipper led from the front once again as he made 78 runs and put on 122 run partnership with Marsh to put his side close to victory. Aaron Finch and Usman Khuwaja went early in the chase but Steven Smith and George Bailey led the revival for the side to keep them in hunt to chase down the score.

Earlier in the day, Australia led by Steve Smith won the toss and elected to field first. West Indies started on a bad note as Mitchell Starc dismissed both Charles and Fletcher early. When Josh Hazlewood dismissed Darren Bravo, West Indies was placed in a precarious position at 31 for 3 after 8 overs.

Marlon Samuels came at the crease and joined Dinesh Ramdin to put on 192 run partnership to help West Indies register a competitive score of 282 runs on the board after 50 overs. Marlon Samuels was sublime in his stroke play as he struck his maiden hundred against Australia and hit fourteen boundaries and two sixes in his innings of 125 runs. He was ably supported by Dinesh Ramdin who also played well for 91 runs off 92 balls. Australia did struggle in terms of bowling  as they did not include a specialist spinner in the line-up. Glenn Maxwell turned out to be an economical option for the captain while the rest were expensive in full quota of overs.

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