Australia beat West Indies in Tri-Nation finals
The West Indies went down by 58 runs to Australia in the final of their Tri-Nation Series at the Kensington Oval in Barbados Sunday night.
Chasing 271 for victory under lights, West Indies started well with an opening partnership of 49, but they lost wickets steadily to decline to 212 all out off 45.4 overs.
Opener Johnson Charles stroked a topscore of 45, Denesh Ramdin got 40 and captain Jason Holder made 34, but the remainder of the Windies batting flopped.
Australia's Josh Hazlewood ripped through the Windies batting lineup with five for 50.
Mitchell Marsh chipped in with three for 32 for the Aussies.
Earlier, Holder and fellow fast bowler Shannon Gabriel both grabbed two wickets each as the Windies limited the Australians to 270 for nine.
Opting to bat first, the Aussies were cruising at 120 for two, but lost a cluster of wickets and were limited to a total under 300 runs.
The Australians were indebted to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 57 runs from 52 balls, as he entered at number seven to steady the innings and see it to the end.
Wade struck two fours and three sixes and put on 38 for the seventh wicket with Mitchell Starc who made 17.
Holder finished with two for 52 while Gabriel, who was ineffective in his opening spell, returned in a second spell to take two wickets in his sixth over and finish with two for 58.