West Indies wrote history on Monday by beating Australia to take an unassailable, 3-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. This marks their first bilateral series win against the Aussies in any format of the game since 1995.
This kind of performance could not have come at a better time for the Indies, especially in a World Cup year.
Australia’s Batting Woes Continue
Australia won the toss and elected to bat in the third T20 international. In line with their previous matches in the Caribbean so far, they found themselves putting yet another total low total of 141-6.
Needless to say, the Kangaroos are suffering heavily in the batting department and the West Indies bowlers have done well to capitalise on it (Hayden Walsh has 8 wickets in the three games so far in the series).
In the second T20I, Australian batsmen succumbed to 140, all out in their chase of 196 runs posted by West Indies. Similarly in the first one, they had to chase just a meagre target of 146 runs but ended up falling short by 18 runs.
Chris Gayle Leads the Chase
Whatever doubts there may have been with regards to Chris Gayle’s recall to the national team, the Jamaican has addressed them all in style.
Up until this inning, Gayle had scored just a little over 100 runs in the nine T20I matches played in 2021. On Monday, with his knock of 67 from 38 (4 4s, 6 6s), he made his case again as to why he deserves a place in the playing XI.
Despite the early wickets of Andre Fletcher and Lendl Simmons, Gayle stayed strong and guided his side to a comfortable winning position.
West Indies sailed to the target of 142 runs, assisted further by Nicholas Pooran’s 32 off 27. They won the match by six wickets with 31 balls to spare.
With this win, West Indies have won the series – their first such win over the Aussies in more than two decades.
The fourth T20 international between West Indies and Australia will be played on Thursday, July 15, in St Lucia.