Mitchell Marsh achieved this feat on his 37th ODI match © AFP
Mitchell Marsh achieved this feat on his 37th ODI match © AFP

Australia’s all-rounder Mitchell Marsh completed his 1,000 ODI runs during the final of Tri-Nation Series 2016 against West Indies at Barbados on Sunday. Marsh achieved this feat on his 37th game. Before entering on the crease he had garnered 992 runs so far. Australia were off to a great start by their opening pair Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch securing a stand of 28 runs for 1st wicket. But West Indies skipper Jason Holder was at his best and got his first big wicket in the form of Khawaja by the 5th over. Soon the wickets kept tumbling and Finch was gone soon as well although he missed his opportunity of completing his fifty. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Australia, Tri-Nation Series 2016 Final at Barbados

Similarly, skipper Steven Smith also missed out on his half-century by just four runs when debutant Shannon Gabriel got to taste wickets in the final. Earlier, Australian captain Smith won the toss and chose to bat first against the West Indies in the final of the Tri-Nation Series Final. Question marks over the fitness of fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and skipper Jason Holder were erased in pre-match workouts, allowing the West Indies to name the same team that thrashed South Africa by 100 runs two days earlier to qualify for the final.

On a pitch used for preliminary matches in the previous week, Australia have bolstered both elements of their bowling attack with pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile and wrist-spinner Adam Zampa replacing all-rounder James Faulkner and seamer Scott Boland from the side that got past the hosts in the World Cup-holders’ final preliminary fixture six days earlier.