If the pressure of Origin II wasn’t enough for one day, Australians had the pressure of making it into the tri-nation series final (ODI) this morning.
As given away in the title, Australia did win and make it through to the final!!
Australia played the West Indies today in a do or die match to make the tri-nation series final. Fortunately, Australia was successful and had a comfortable win after Maxwell went absolutely crazy, doing what he does best in the last couple of overs. Glenn Maxwell definitely channelled his inner T20 form as he came in to bat in the last 20 overs.
Australia had to chase West Indies score of 8 for 268 runs and was successful in the last couple of overs of the game!!
Mitchell Starc opened up the success for Australia managing to bowl West Indies two opening batsman early on and achieving an incredible 3/51 in his fourth game back (following injury).
Josh Hazlewood followed with excellent bowling, he bowled 39 maidens with one wicket all in seven overs.
James Faulkner and Scott Boland finished the job both getting two wickets for Australia assisting with the victory.
Steve Smith (captain), Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell batted their way through to win the game. Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh put on a partnership of 122 runs before Smith, unfortunately, ran himself out. Mitchell Marsh had a huge impact on the win as he scored 79* and hit six 4’s. As Smithy left the pitch it brought Maxwell to the pitch, someone who everyone in Australia should trust. Maxwell hit an enormous 46* with five 4’s and two 6’s.
Mitchell Starc played four out of the six games for Australia and won every single match. I have now appointed him as Australia’s lucky omen !!!
Also special mention to Marlon Samuels (West Indies) who scored a terrific 125 off 134 deliveries but not enough to get the West Indies over the line.
I was so nervous throughout this game with such a huge run chase required and I really wanted them to make the final. Australia won which allowed my nerves to go away but no doubt they have returned this afternoon due to NSW also having a do or die match to tie the Origin series in Origin II tonight!!!
Very stressful times for sports fanatics like myself
Congrats to the Australian cricket team and good luck NSW Blues tonight at Suncorp against QLD.
The tri-nation series final is this Monday morning (AEST) the 27th of June. They will play whoever wins between South Africa & West Indies on Saturday morning (AEST).
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