Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the final match of the West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2016 between West Indies and Australia at Bridgetown, Barbados. I am Shruti Hariharan, and I will bring you all the live updates and scores from the focal point of the series. Australia are ahead when it comes to advantage over West Indies having won 2 out of the three matches both these teams have featured in the Tri Nation Series 2016. West Indies are coming off a near perfect win over South Africa to book a place in the final. A victory in the final would kick start a wave of West Indies flair in the cricketing circuits.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Australia, Tri-Nation Series 2016 Final at Barbados

Live Cricket Score | West Indies 212 , 45.4  Overs| Shannon Gabriel 1 (1): And that wraps the series with Australia triumphing once again in ODI series! It was a cake awalk and Josh Hazlewood was the star for this victory with a fifer to his name. Ramdin, Brathwaite, Narine and Suliemann Benn were vanished in thin air too soon. Meanwhile, lets wait to know who is the man of the series and man of the match.

OUT! Suleimann Benn c Maxwell b Hazlewood 2(3)

OUT! Sunil Narine c Smith b Hazlewood 23(18)

OUT! Denesh Ramdin b Hazlewood 40(67)

OUT! Carlos Brathwaite b Hazlewood 14(11)

Live Cricket Score | West Indies 170/6, 40 Overs| Denesh Ramdin 27 (58), Carlos Brathwaite 12 (8): Another wicket down and enter their finisher Carlos Brathwaite! Ramdin is still on the crease and has been at the non strikers end so he is saved. An interesting bit took place when Brathwaite smashed the ball for a six and Starc could have easily got hold of the same, when he moved back and was scared of the ball. Funny as it sounds it looked funny as well.

OUT! Jason Holder c Finch b Coulter-Nile 34(37)

Live Cricket Score | West Indies 135/5, 35 Overs| Denesh Ramdin 19 (45), Jason Holder 23 (28): Holder has managed to get get control over the game and begin with boundaries. Oh so the India tour of West Indies will be beginning from 21st July after this series that’s on the radar now. Marsh is continuing his spells and his heroics have shock shell West Indies already. But if Ramdin and Holder can pull it off nothing like it.

Live Cricket Score | West Indies 110/5, 28 Overs| Denesh Ramdin 12 (27), Jason Holder 5 (4): Australia get another wicket now in form of Kieron Pollard who was dismissed for 20. Leggie Zampa gets a wicket to his name as well. Skipper Jason Holder has made way on the crease. Ramdin is yet to pick pace and looks like West Indies need to pick the pace if they need to win this series.

OUT! Kieron Pollard c Josh Hazlewood  b Adam Zampa 20 (25)

Live Cricket Score | West Indies 74/4, 21 Overs| Denesh Ramdin 1 (9), Kieron Pollard 2 (5): Mitchell Marsh is on a roll and has already bagged three wickets so far. He left Johnson Charles spellbound and dismissed him off for 45. Samuels and BBroavo who scored a century last time was gone for single digit in today’s crucial tie. Wonder how will they achieve a stable partnership amongst Pollard and Ramdin who are on the crease at the moment.

OUT! Johnson Charles lbw b Mitchell Marsh 45(61)

OUT! Marlon Samuels c George Bailey b Mitchell Marsh 6(7)

OUT! Darren Bravo c Matthew Wade b Mitchell Marsh 6(20)

Live Cricket Score | West Indies 50/1, 12 Overs| Johnson Charles 37 (38), Darren Bravo 1 (9): Just when Charles and Fletcher were building a strong partnership, Josh Hazlewood gets his man. Fletcher was dismissed for mere 9 runs while Charles is continuing his play. It is fifty up for West Indies now. Mitchell Marsh has been called into attack for the 12th over. Marsh is approaching his maiden over and last ball to go and thats perfect end.

OUT! Andre Fletcher c Steven Smith b Josh Hazlewood 9 (25)

Live Cricket Score | West Indies 22/0, 6 Overs| Johnson Charles 15 (21), Andre Fletcher 4 (15): Charles and Fletcher are going steady with their innings and have managed to put up quick runs on board. They need to up their score on board and get the runs coming to reach the big total. Starc is just two wickets away from reaching his 100 wicket stand so that maybe could happen anytime soon. Coulter-Nile has come to bowl his over. Last ball from Coulter-Nile’s over and single to end it.

Live Cricket Score | West Indies 3/0, 1 over | Johnson Charles 0 (0), Andre Fletcher 2 (6): Mitchell Starc opens the attack for Australia and Charles, Fletcher begin the innings for Windies. An in-swinger from Starc, starts from outside off and shapes in, beats Fletcher on the inside edge as he went for an ambitious drive. Just when the over was nearing its end a WIDE from Starc! Just three runs from the over.

Live Cricket Score | Australia 270/9, 50 overs | Matthew Wade 57 (52), Josh Hazlewood 0 (0): Australia have completed their innings and have managed to put up competitive total on board despite wickets crumbling in death overs. Although the credit goes to Matthew Wade for his stellar performance of 57 at the crucial moment. He ended the last over with a six all the way towards square leg. Now West Indies have a task on hand and need to chase target of 271.

OUT! Adam Zampa run out (Carlos Brathwaite) 5(6)

OUT! Nathan Coulter-Nile c Darren Bravo b Jason Holder 15(10)

OUT! Mitchell Starc st Denesh Ramdin b Sunil Narine 17(25)

Live Cricket Score | Australia 192/6, 40 overs | Matthew Wade 14 (23), Mitchell Starc 8 (10): Another wicket down and this Marsh has to make his way out. West Indies are in complete control of the game scalping wickets at regular intervals. Barring Finch and Smith, no other player has managed to push the score at the highest point. Australia will need to up their game if they want to lift this trophy. They are just 6 runs away from 200 mark.

OUT! Mitchell Marsh b Suliemann Benn 32(45)

Live Cricket Score | Australia 166/5, 35 overs | Mitchell Marsh 29 (38), Matthew Wade 1 (10): It falling wickets here for Australia. Skipper Steven Smith was dismissed immediately after Bailey and missed his chance of achieving half-century. Glenn Maxwell also found his way back in the dugout for just 4 runs and both wickets were picked by West Indies debutant Shannon Gabriel. Meanwhile, Marsh is trying his best to push the scoreboard while Matthew Wade has made his way in the crease. Let’s see if a strong partnership can be achieved that Australia needs desperately now.

OUT! Glenn Maxwell lbw b Shannon Gabriel 4(4)

OUT! Steven Smith c Marlon Samuels b Shannon Gabriel 46(59)

Live Cricket Score | Australia 133/3, 28 overs | Steven Smith 40 (54), Mitchell Marsh 10 (15): Another wickets down of Bailey just when a strong partnership was building up between Bailey and Smith. Barthwaite was at his best again getting yet another crucial wicket for his side. Mitchell Marsh has made his way in the middle and has completed 1,000 ODI runs already. Australia need a strong partnership to come up with a big score on board.

OUT! George Bailey b Carlos Brathwaite 22(44)

Live Cricket Score | Australia 107/2, 22 overs | Steven Smith 29 (41), George Bailey 16 (36): Smith and Bailey have pushed Australia to the 100 mark already. They have built 33 runs stand already between them. After Smith, Bailey also tagged along to score some boundaries. In the meantime. Brathwaite got a maiden over to his name in his third over. The pitch looks drier and good runs can come along for the batsmen.

Live Cricket Score | Australia 91/2, 16 overs | Steven Smith 22 (32), George Bailey 7 (9): Another wicket down for Australia with Aaron Finch gone right after his opening partner Khawaja made his way out. Kieron Pollard has got his wicket as well. Now after Finch Steven Smith has taken the charge and is off the mark with back to back boundaries. Sunil Narine is unable to get any wickets unlike his magical spells in the earlier match against South Africa. Aussies are already approaching 100 mark now.

OUT! Aaron Finch c Marlon Samuels b Kieron Pollard 47(41)

Live Cricket Score | Australia 67/1, 12 overs | Aaron Finch 46 (39), Steven Smith 7 (19): OZ captain Steven Smith and opener Aaron Finch steady Australia’s innings and took the attack to the opposition. While Smith dealt in ones and two, Finch fired on all cylinders. If they continue playing at this rate, Australia might reach the magic figure.

Live Cricket Score | Australia 34/1, 7 overs | Aaron Finch 16 (19), Steven Smith 4 (9): Australia’s innings was jolted early by West Indies captain Jason Holder by dismissing Aaron Finch with a peach of a delivery. However, Holder and his bowling unit bowling in the right channel and produced lateral movement, making the Australia batsmen work hard for the runs.

OUT! Usman Khawaja c Denesh Ramdin b Jason Holder 14 (14)

TOSS UPDATE: Australia won the toss and elected to bat first

Playing XI:

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn, Shannon Gabriel

Australia: Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa

Australia were not only the champions of ICC World Cup 2015, but they continued their winning streak in ODI series against Ireland, England and India. They might not have been their best in ICC T20 World T20 216, but their overall performance in this series has shown their caliber in ODI cricket. They continue to rule the ODI rankings after garnering the victories in the recent past. Australia’s bowling department seems settle; and with inclusion of Mitchell Starc, it has only boosted the pace unit. New comer Adam Zampa not only excelled in the recent IPL season, but continued his form for the national side as well.

West Indies victory in this series has belonged to their middle-order. It started off with Kieron Pollard’s fiery cameo against South Africa. Darren Bravo’s century against South Africa, Marlon Samuels 134-ball 125 against Australia or Denesh Ramdin’s valuable contribution of 91 in the same game, the middle-order stepped at crucial junctures and took the team over the line. Nonetheless, opening pair Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher are yet to go all guns blazing in this series.

Squads:

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jason Holder (c), Kieron Pollard, Jonathan Carter, Carlos Brathwaite, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ashley Nurse, Suleiman Benn, Sunil Narine and  Shannon Gabriel

Australia: Steven Smith (c), Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa