Australia has crashed to a 4-1 T20 series loss against West Indies, who won the final match by 16 runs in St Lucia.
- Aaron Finch top scored for the Australians with 34 but sustained a knee injury during the match
- West Indies opener Evin Lewis starred with the bat via an innings of 79
- Andrew Tye took 3-37 for the tourists
In a further blow, Australia captain Aaron Finch twisted his knee and is now a doubtful starter for the first one-day international in Barbados on Wednesday (AEST).
The hosts set Australia 200 for victory after smashing 8-199 —the highest score of the series — in which Nicholas Pooran’s team clouted 17 sixes.
Australia was up with the required run rate at the halfway point of the innings but then lost wickets at regular intervals to eventually finish at 9-183.
Four Australians got starts but none could produce the big innings needed.
Australia lost Josh Phillipe in the first over for a duck, ending a lean series for him in which he scored 14 runs at an average of under five runs.
The chase was also hurt by some outstanding catching and fielding.
Mitchell Marsh (30 off 15 deliveries) took 15 off his first five balls from Oshane Thomas but then fell to a sharp return catch from Andre Russell (3-43).
Finch (34 off 23) batted fluently before falling to a magnificent diving one-handed catch by Fabian Allen off Hayden Walsh Jr.
Moises Henriques (21 off 14) was then run out by a direct hit from wicketkeeper Pooran, who threw down the stumps as the New South Welshman attempted a run with Alex Carey.
After the dismissal of Matthew Wade (26 off 18), Australia did not have the batting depth to stay in the match, with paceman Sheldon Cottrell (3-28) performing well.
Opener Evin Lewis (79 off 34 balls), who belted nine sixes, led the onslaught earlier for the home team who brought up their 100 inside eight overs .
Australia hit back towards the end of the innings, taking 5-23 and conceding just one four and one six in the last 5.5 overs.
Josh Hazlewood (0-32), AJ Tye (3-37), Adam Zampa (2-30) and Mitchell Marsh (2-12 off two overs) helped stem the flow.
Paceman Jason Behrendorff was on the end of some brutal treatment, going for 46 off three overs.