You know who is going to win when Australia is playing a final. Australia has now won 57 ODI tournaments after beating West Indies in the Tri series final at The Kensington Oval, where they had also won the 2007 World Cup(50 over). Australia batting first, was led by Finch who made a brisk 47 before being ousted by Pollard, after Khwaja had fallen early. Bailey got a 22. Gabriel then got Smith(46) and Maxwell (4) in the 30th over. The score read 156 for 5. WI captain Holder’s plans had taken shape but Gabriel got injured in the very next over. Mitchell Marsh with a patient 30 didn’t allow WI to settle in and take more wickets. Once Marsh got out, WI would have thought of finally breaking Australia down. They could have done just that had Ramdin run Wade out cheaply in the 40th over but he missed from a very close range. It costed WI dearly as Wade went on to make a match saving 57 runs. He took Australia from 170 for 6 to a daunting 270.
To be honest WI got a decent start but Mitchell Marsh got 3 crucial wickets in 3 consecutive overs including the two centurions Bravo and Samuels from the previous matches, thus breaking the batting backbone for West Indies. Within 20 overs the score was 72 for 4. Ramdin and Pollard tried their best but the required run rate was marching way ahead which compelled Pollard to play his shots and in doing so he perished to Zampa. Holder did the same, Brathwaite followed suite. The tail was exposed and someone just had to gobble them up and Hazelwood got the chance to do so. He picked up a 5-for in the end to give Australia the trophy. Celebrations followed, presentations were made. Marsh got the Man of the Match award while Hazelwood was adjudged the Man of the series.
On a sluggish track 270 was a huge task for West Indies to chase. The top order failed to lay down a solid platform for the various hitters to go after the bowlers. Australia bowled tight lines without giving any room for explosion. The injury to Gabriel while bowling meant there was no one to bundle Australia out after being 170 for 6. Only if the issues between the West Indies Cricket board(WICB) and the players would resolve, can West Indies cricket prosper and win these kind of matches where they can send out a full strength team.
Anyways there is always a flare to West Indies cricket that keeps them going. They have been able to win two T20 World Cups on a trot and are an entertaining side in their game and otherwise.