With the series tied at 1-1, it all boils down to the deciding contest at the Kensington Oval in Barbados as West Indies and Australia vie for crucial ICC CWCSL points.
West Indies vs Australia, third ODI
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
July 26, 02:30 local
After a roller-coaster ride with delays, and momentum swinging one way and then the other, Australia's tour of West Indies finally comes to a conclusion. The hosts fought back brilliantly in Barbados to take the series to a decider. Kieron Pollard will be hoping for one last push from his men as they build up to their next assignment against Pakistan.
For Alex Carey, taking charge in the absence of regular skipper Aaron Finch, the up-and-down form of his batters will be a major concern. The Australian bowlers, especially Mitchell Starc, have been brilliant in the series with their attacking mindset. But a young batting unit will have to up their game if they plan to walk away from the Caribbean with a series victory under their belts.
Remember the last time
Chasing 188 to win to stay alive in the series, the hosts found themselves in a tricky situation at 72/5 in the second ODI. But a 93-run stand between Nicholas Pooran (59*) and Jason Holder (52) turned out to be the difference in a low-scoring affair, as the Windies roared back with a four-wicket win to level the scoreline 1-1.
West Indies take out a rollercoaster second ODI by four wickets thanks to a match turning stand between Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder.— ICC (@ICC) July 25, 2021
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What they said
Kieron Pollard (West Indies captain): "When you start a cricket match you want to win. We have some work to do. I don't think we put out foot on the accelerator. Our batters didn't make it easy for us as well. Looks like we don't like to do things the easy way. The spinners were brilliant. The bowlers were brilliant. 180-190 was disappointing and that is how I would like to sum it up."
Alex Carey (Australia stand-in captain): "It was an interesting game in the end. It doesn't help when you are five for not a lot. Wade and the bowlers brought us back into the game. We created opportunities in the end, but we were at least 30 runs short. Spin is a threat on these wickets. With the new ball, it might spin and bounce a little bit more. A great effort to get to 190. Our bowlers did a fantastic job."