Marnus Labuschagne’s Gravity-Defying Catch Highlights Australia’s Commanding Performance
By CricShots - Feb 6, 2024 12:53 pm
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In a spectacular display of athleticism at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, Marnus Labuschagne’s acrobatic catch stole the spotlight as Australia continued their dominance over the West Indies in the third ODI on Tuesday, February 6. Labuschagne’s incredible leap dismissed Keacy Carty, granting Lance Morris his maiden international wicket.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne took a brilliant catch

Australia, opting to bowl first after winning the toss, reaped early rewards for their decision. Xavier Bartlett struck gold by trapping West Indies opener Kjorn Ottley LBW for just 8 runs. Ottley could have survived with a DRS review, as replays revealed a clear inside edge.

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The Windies’ struggles intensified with Morris dismissing Carty in the 11th over. A back-of-a-length delivery outside off saw Carty attempting an uppish punch towards backward point, only to be thwarted by Labuschagne’s brilliance. The Windies found themselves in dire straits at 38/2.

The visitors faced further adversity when skipper Shai Hope fell leg before to Sean Abbott for a mere four runs, misjudging a full delivery angled into the middle. Morris continued to torment the Windies, claiming his second victim by dismantling Teddy Bishop’s stumps with a full delivery. Bishop’s misjudgment left the Windies struggling at 73/5 after 20 overs, with Roston Chase and Romario Shepherd at the crease.

Australia’s commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series underscores their dominance. They secured an eight-wicket victory in the first encounter at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and followed it up with an 83-run triumph at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the second one-day.

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After the conclusion of the ODI series, Australia and the West Indies are poised to engage in a thrilling three-match T20I series from February 9 to 13, spanning Hobart, Adelaide, and Perth. In preparation for the T20 World Cup 2024, Australia has announced a formidable T20I squad against New Zealand, featuring the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood. These key players return after being rested during the West Indies series, adding depth and experience to the squad.