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Australia vs West Indies, 3rd T20I: Andre Russell goes on the rampage for win    

Russell (71 off 29 balls) destroyed Zampa’s pace and spin late in the innings while Rutherford contributed an unbeaten 67 off 40 as the visitors posted 220/6 after electing to bat

AP/PTI Perth Published 14.02.24, 06:12 AM
Andre Russell on Tuesday.

Andre Russell on Tuesday. Getty Images

Andre Russell hit sev­en sixes and four boundaries, including hitting Adam Zampa for four sixes and a four in an over, and raised a T20I record sixth-wicket stand with Sherfane Rutherford to propel the West Indies to a 37-run consolation win over Australia in the final game on Tuesday.

Russell (71 off 29 balls) destroyed Zampa’s pace and spin late in the innings while Rutherford contributed an unbeaten 67 off 40 as the visitors posted 220/6 after electing to bat. The duo’s onslaught came after the team was down to 79/5 in the ninth over.

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Zampa finished with 1/65, the most expensive T20I figures by an Australian.

David Warner, probably playing his last home international, as he’s planning to retire from all forms of cricket after the T20 World Cup in June, briefly kept Australia in the hunt for a series sweep with a 49-ball 81 before the hosts faltered against offspinner Roston Chase and were restricted to 183/5.

Chase, one of the two changes West Indies made for the final T20I, derailed Australia’s pursuit with Warner and Josh Inglis’ wickets in one over to end up with 2/19.

“It’s a very good feeling to come here and get a win,” West Indies captain Ro­vman Powell said after losing the series 2-1. “We had good plans through the three games but execution let us down.”

Brief scores: WI 220/6 in 20 ovs (A. Russell 71, S. Rutherford 67 n.o.; X. Bartlett 2/37) Aus 183/5 in 20 ovs (D. Warner 81; R. Chase 2/19). WI won by 37 runs

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