Hazelwood took the Man of the Series honours.
Ironically, it was Marsh’s dismissal to spinner Sulieman Benn in the 37th over that raised Caribbean hopes of upsetting the five-time World Cup-winners who were then in danger of being dismissed for under 200 and confounding Steve Smith’s decision to bat first. Yet Wade somehow managed to survive against his nemesis, mystery spinner Sunil Narine, and prospered against the seamers, crashing three sixes to complete a recovery that saw 97 runs added over the last 13 overs. West Indies were hampered by the absence of Shannon Gabriel at the end of the innings with the tearaway fast bowler leaving the field after completing seven overs. “We missed having Shannon available at the end of the innings,” Holder observed. “I felt he was our best chance of knocking off their lower order.” His first four overs had proved expensive but Gabriel returned midway through the innings to account for Smith (46) and the dangerous Glenn Maxwell in the same over. Aaron Finch led the charge at Gabriel with a robust knock of 47, his highest ODI score against the West Indies. He looked set for a big innings when a miscued heave off Pollard offered Samuels a simple catch on the square-leg boundary. Holder returned in the midst of the lower-order rally to snare Coulter-Nile, however the captain appeared to have miscalculated his bowling options in only allowing Brathwaite eight of a possible ten overs.