The third and final T20I between West Indies and Australia at Perth not only provided cricket enthusiasts with a thrilling encounter but also witnessed an extraordinary display of power-hitting by Andre Russell and Sherfane Rutherford. The dynamic partnership between the dynamic Caribbean duo played a defining role in powering West Indies to a mammoth total and also etched their names in the record books.
Power surge after a wobbly start: Russell and Rutherford shine
After winning the toss and opting to bat, West Indies found themselves in a challenging situation at 79/5. However, it was during this adversity that Rutherford and Russell stepped up, transforming the game with their explosive batting. Rutherford’s contribution of 67 off 40 deliveries and Russell’s thunderous 71 off just 29 balls turned the tide in West Indies’ favour.
Bowling Barrage: Australia’s struggle against the onslaught
Despite a decent effort from Australian bowler Xavier Bartlett, who claimed two wickets for 37 runs in his four overs, he, like his teammates, was unable to contain the onslaught from the dynamic duo, and West Indies ultimately posted an imposing total of 220/6 in their allotted 20 overs, setting the stage for an incredible comeback.
Historic T20I feat: Russell and Rutherford rewrite record books
The dynamic partnership between Russell and Rutherford not only secured West Indies’ dominance but also scripted history. Their sensational fifties marked the first instance in T20I history where both the No.6 and No.7 batters scored half-centuries in the same innings. This rare feat showcased the depth and resilience of West Indies’ batting lineup.
Another benchmark set by record partnership
In addition, Russell and Rutherford even etched their names in the record books by sharing the highest 6th wicket partnership in T20Is.
Highest 6th wicket partnerships in T20Is:
- 139 – Andre Russell and Sherfane Rutherford in 2024
- 115 – Tony Ura and Norman Vanua in 2022
- 101* – Michael Hussey and Cameron White in 2010
- 97 – Kusal Perera and Thisara Perer in 2018