Hazlewood takes five-for as Australia clinch the tri-nation series trophy by defeating West Indies by 58 runs

The final of West Indies Tri-nation series took place between hosts West Indies and Australia at Bridgetown, Barbados.

Australia clinched the series finale as Josh Hazelwood’s heroics helped them to win the game by 58 runs. He took five wickets and conceded 50 runs. Mitchell Marsh also came to the party as he took two important wickets of Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels to put his side in the box seat in the match. The Australian fast bowler was awarded with man of the series trophy for his consistent performances with the ball in the Tri-nation Series. Johnson Charles was the only batsman that looked threatening from the onset as he put on 49 run opening stand with Andre Fletcher. Sunil Narine also flashed hard at the end but it was inevitable at the end as Australia stormed yet another victory in the finals of the series. Mitchell Starc was not able to take any wickets as Hazlewood took the last three wickets in quick succession to finish the game for Australia as West Indies got dismissed in 46th over.

West Indies started on a bad note as Andre Fletcher fell for 9 as he was taken out by Josh Hazelwood in the innings. Darren Bravo could not replicate his heroics against South Africa at the same ground as he fell cheaply for single digit score. Samuels also got dismissed without making any telling contribution in the game. The dangerous all-rounder Kieron Pollard also could not take his side through to a victory as he perished for 20 trying to take on the leg spinner Adam Zampa.

Earlier in the day, Australia skipper Steven Smith won the toss and decided to bat first against West Indies in the finals of Tri-nation series. Australia started well at the top as Finch and Smith batted well in the middle overs and fell at wrong times to see the game on the even keel in the innings.Matthew Wade came at the end and provided necessary impetus to the innings to take the total to 270 runs after 50 overs. Wade remained unbeaten as he scored crucial 57 runs off 52 balls after Australia seemed to have faltered in the middle overs as score was 173 runs after 37 overs. The Australia late order led by Wade added 97 runs in the last 13 overs to help them post a competitive score on the board.

 

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