That's all from the final match of this tour, folks! West Indies end their tour on a high note and take away plenty of positives from this month-long tour. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. For now, this is Deepak Prakash signing off on behalf of co-commentator Raju Khariya. CHEERS!
BREAKING🚨: David Warner confirmed in his post-match interview that it was his final international match in Australia. 👇 "I'm well and truly done, It's time for the youngsters to come through and showcase their talent and we've got extreme talent here and you've got a lot of the guys here from Perth that are in this team at the moment. And we're in a good state for the future."
Mitchell Marsh receives the trophy🏆 and joins his teammates for the celebrations and photographs.
Mitch Marsh (Australia captain): "Yeah, I thought we were in a great position and we sort of went for the kill there to try and get a few more wickets. But as we saw, we knew that coming into this series, they're a formidable team with some amazing cricketers who have really changed the game of T20 cricket. So we're on the wrong end of it tonight. Fair play to the West Indies.
Oh, absolutely. I think we saw that throughout the series. Even though we won the first two games, they really batted down to number ten.
Yeah, it's great to see and I think anytime you get a young guy who deserves his place in the team tonight, he's had a great year. It's been nice to see all our young guys come in and do well and it's nice to have that energy around a group after the end of a long summer. But, yeah, we're lucky to have some great young players coming through the ranks. We'll go to New Zealand next week with a pretty full-strength team."
Rovman Powell (West Indies captain): "It feels fantastic to win here, especially against such a strong Australian team on their home turf. I give credit to my boys for their hard work. We had good plans throughout the series, but sometimes our execution faltered. We discussed not allowing them to score 240 in a T20 game, and it worked well.
Confidence is key for players, he (Rutherford) struggled initially, but I advised him to stay calm, and it paid off. As a young international captain, there's much to consider ahead of the World Cup, especially with plenty of franchise cricket happening. My focus, along with the selectors and coach, will be on monitoring performances. Hopefully, my team in Dubai can win tonight, and I'll be able to join them for the next game."
David Warner (Player of the series):" Yeah, look, it started off quite well over here, firstly, but, yeah, no, it was good just to have a break and go over to Dubai and play in the franchise stuff, and it's good to see the guys play extremely well. I've got a lot of time off after this next series in New Zealand to sort of freshen up and go to the IPL before we embark on a World Cup in the Caribbean.
Freshening up, spending time with the girls, and looking after them. Not sure if that's going to freshen me up, but it'd be great to spend some quality time with them and just work on their schooling and their sport and just be home in my own bed.
No, I was actually quite surprised, to be fair, that an opening bowler who bowls 145 and swings and not trying to get me out, so that was a bonus for me. But, yeah, look, if I'm going to try and score and hit boundaries, especially big boundaries like here in Australia, that's something you have to work on. But we're going to the Caribbean. The boundaries aren't too big there, so it's something I will definitely work on in the nets, but I'll tackle that when it comes again.
It's time for the youngsters to come through and showcase their talent and we've got extreme talent here and you've got a lot of the guys here from Perth that are in this team at the moment. And we're in a good state for the future."
Player of the series: David Warner
Andre Russell (Player of the Match): "At the beginning of the series, things didn't go as planned, and we had to play catch-up. But today, we showed some excellent cricket, with everyone contributing. Personally, I'm pleased to have played my part. I see it as a wake-up call for myself, making me more alert. T
he pitch was in good shape, offering bounce, and I was ready for the challenge. Rutherford is a strong batsman, and I wasn't worried when he was facing. I'm happy for his performance too. It's great that we're hitting our peak at the right moment. Consistently scoring 200 runs in the series is a positive sign. Once we fine-tune our bowling, we'll be a completely different team."
Player of the Match: Andre Russell
Time for the post-match presentation.....
Roston Chase:"We had a chat as a team, determined not to leave Australia without a win. The boys gave their all, and we achieved the victory we aimed for. I felt our score was solid. We agreed that if we won the toss, we'd bat first to set a target and pressure the Aussies, and it paid off. Warner is impressive, so getting his wicket feels great. We call him Superman. That 19th over shifted the game's momentum in our favor, changing the game's complexion."
5:06 PM IST, 7:36 PM Local Time: West Indies avoid the clean sweep in the T20I series as they thump Australia by 37 runs in the final match of the series to end the tour on a high note. A scintillating knock from Warner and Tim David goes in vain.
In pursuit of a hefty 220 runs, Australia got off to a rollicking start as Mitchell Marsh and David Warner scored at a brisk pace from the word go, especially, Warner, and the pair added 68 runs for the first wicket, with Marsh departing for 17 runs.
Aaron Hardie joined Warner at number three but the right-hander struggled to score at a brisk pace and departed for run-a-ball 16 runs, while Warner continued his carnage and notched up his fifty on the occasion, but failed to convert it into a three-digit figure and fell prey to Roston Chase after scoring 81 runs.
Following the wicket of Warner, West Indies bounced back in the game and Aussie batters struggled to score at a brisk pace. Josh Inglis and Glenn Maxwell departed cheaply today and put the hosts in a spot of bother. Tim David played a rapid and unbeaten 41 runs off just 19 balls but it was too late by then as Australia were restricted to 183/5, falling 37 runs short of the target.
Romario Shepherd and Roston Chase bagged a couple of wickets for West Indies, while Akeal Hosein celebrated a solitary wicket.
Earlier, after opting to bat first, West Indies got off to a shaky start as they lost three wickets inside the three overs, but despite losing three wickets, Roston Chase and Rovman Powell scored at a brisk pace from the word go and kept the scoreboard ticking at a decent pace. However, Zampa clean-bowled Chase for 37 runs and broke the budding partnership, while Powell fell prey to Hardie after scoring 21 runs, leaving his side in a spot of bother again.
Sherfane Rutherford and Andre Russell started the rescue mission, and the duo pummeled the Aussie bowlers all around the park and notched up their half-centuries in the process. Russell played a breathtaking knock of 29-ball 71 runs, while Rutherford remained unbeaten on 40-ball 67 runs. The dynamic duo of Russell and Rutherford helped the visitors post a hefty 220/6 in 20 overs.
The debutant, Xavier Bartlett, claimed a couple of wickets for Australia, while Jason Behrendorff, Spencer Johnson, Aaron Hardie, and Adam Zampa celebrated a solitary wicket.
Stick around for the presentations....
19.6 J Holder to T David
0 Dot to end the over. Full and slower drifting on the leg stump. David sits back and slogs across the line of the ball but gets the toe end of the bat towards the bowler. West Indies win by 37 runs and avoid the whitewash.
19.5 J Holder to T David
0 Much full and on the stumps. David whacks it down to long-on for none.