Australia continued their dominant performance in the T20I series against West Indies as they won the third and final match by 10 wickets in Perth on Tuesday. The hosts chased down the target of 142 in just 12.4 overs, thanks to unbeaten half-centuries from Glenn Maxwell and Tim David. With this win, Australia completed a 3-0 clean sweep over the visitors.
Maxwell and David shine in record chase
Australia’s openers Maxwell and David made a mockery of the West Indies bowling attack as they smashed the ball to all parts of the ground. Maxwell scored 82* off 37 balls, hitting 10 fours and six sixes. David supported him well with 60* off 33 balls, with seven fours and three sixes. The duo added 142 runs for the first wicket, the highest partnership for any wicket in T20Is for Australia. They also broke the record for the fastest T20I chase of 140 or more runs, achieving it in just 76 balls.
West Indies collapse after promising start
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first. They got off to a good start as Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis added 51 runs for the first wicket in 5.3 overs. Gayle scored 32 off 18 balls, while Lewis made 28 off 20 balls. However, once they departed, the West Indies innings fell apart. They lost wickets at regular intervals and could not build any momentum. Only Rovman Powell (25 off 17 balls) and Andre Russell (20 off 14 balls) showed some resistance. West Indies were eventually bowled out for 141 in 19.4 overs. For Australia, Nathan Ellis was the pick of the bowlers with 3/24 in four overs. Adam Zampa and Sean Abbott also took two wickets each.
Australia clinch series 3-0
Australia had already sealed the series by winning the first two matches in Adelaide. They won the first match by 11 runs and the second match by 34 runs. Maxwell was the star performer for Australia throughout the series, scoring 252 runs in three innings at an average of 126 and a strike rate of 230. He also took four wickets with his off-spin. David was the second-highest run-scorer for Australia with 122 runs in three innings at an average of 61 and a strike rate of 182. For West Indies, Powell was the top run-scorer with 101 runs in three innings at an average of 33.66 and a strike rate of 161. He also took three wickets with his medium pace. Russell was the leading wicket-taker for West Indies with five wickets in three matches at an average of 16.80 and an economy rate of 8.40.
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