Australia 106 for 2 (Healy 32, Perry 29*, Connell 1-15) def. west indies 103 (Williams 25, Sutherland 3-23, McGrath 2-10, Garth 2-14, King 2-20) by eight wickets
The West Indies were comprehensively beaten by Australia, but they were not helped by controversial decisions by TV umpire Claire Polosak, although it is highly unlikely that they had any significant impact on the result.
Two balls later, Polosak was called again in King’s next over. This time Shamaine Campbell was given out LBW by onfield umpire Eloise Sheridan and he immediately reviewed the decision. Campbell was trying to defend King on the front foot by placing his bat and front pad very close together. Again, Polosak needed to take a long look at the slow-motion replay to determine whether Campbell had hit the ball before it hit the pads. It seemed clear that the ball had deviated from the bat as there was evidence in both ultra-edge and replays showing the ball straying. But Polosak determined that the ball touched the front pad before hitting the inside edge and then deflected off. After it was deemed that it hit the pad first, ball tracking showed three reds, with the ball breaking the middle stump well below bail height.
The decision forced Mathews to leave the team dugout and express his disappointment to the fourth umpire on the boundary side.
West Indies coach Shane Deitz was interviewed by broadcaster Channel Seven shortly afterwards. He said he believed Taylor’s catch was not fair but he was measured in the analysis of the LBW decision.
“(It) definitely looked like there was some bat and deflection from the bat to the pad, but it’s hard to say,” Deitz said. “We just have to accept the decision and move on. The umpires on the side can’t do much about it so we’ll wait and get clarification after the game. But it’s out, so we just have to move on.”
This left West Indies at 39 for 4 and there was no review after Matthews was out LBW to Garth in the first. Although he was out on review, he was not needed despite the next three batsmen also being out LBW. While playing from the crease on Sutherland’s straight balls, both Chinelle Henry and Aaliyah Alleyne were caught in front.
King continued where she left off on Thursday, causing the West Indies batsmen all kinds of problems with her impeccable control. She edged out a beautiful legbreak to Rashada Williams in the slips off Mooney, but later trapped Shabika Ghazanbi at the crease, who skied straight.
Wareham took Williams for 25 when he blasted a slog straight into the air to leave the visitors at 84 for 8. But Cherry-Ann Fraser provided some courageous resistance by hitting a huge six over deep midwicket off Wareham, which bounced off the concourse. of land on Lakeside Drive. Charisma Ramharrack lofted McGrath over cover to find the rope, but fell in an attempt to repeat the volley towards Wareham, who was put down shortly afterwards. Fraser was the last to fall, edging McGrath to mid-off.
The chase was a straightforward affair with Healy and Litchfield taking hardly any risks, crossing the boundary at will with some beautiful drives and flicks. West Indies helped the Australian pair with poor ground fielding. Both openers fell trying to speed up proceedings. Perry and Mooney took no such risks to get Australia home.