The West Indies exploited a thrilling batting collapse from Australia to beat the guests by 18 points in the first of five Twenty20 games on Friday. Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and called on the Windies to strike.
Josh Hazlewood was outstanding with the new ball and returned Evin Lewis for a duck on his second ball. He also sacked Chris Gayle for just four points in his third with Ashton Agar taking a good hold at the back point.
Andre Russell marked his first half-century in T20I and crushed five sixes in his 28 innings of the pitch. The all-rounder scored 51 to lead his team to a total of 145-6 on 20 overs. Josh Hazlewood was the choice of Australian bowlers with an exceptional 3-12 numbers.
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Australia lost their captain early in the pursuit. Fabien Allen returned it from the first ball. Aaron Finch was caught in extra coverage by Evin Lewis. Matthew Wade, who was bred to open the stick, attacked the Windies early on.
Australia were heading for the expected triumph at 70-3 when they lost six wickets for 19 races and were full out for 127 of 16 overs. Obed McCoy took 4-26 and Hayden Walsh added 3-23 for the West Indies.
Mitch Marsh had the best score with 51 points and took two wickets and his partner Josh Hazlewood was 3-12. Ben McDermott’s dismissal started the Australians’ collapse as he was beaten by Hayden Walsh. The West Indies spinner then dismissed batsman Mitch Marsh for 51 to also give his team a promising sign.
Australia have lost their last six wickets for just 21 points in 5.5 overs. Hayden Walsh and Obed McCoy were outstanding with the ball and the West Indies won the rout jaw triumph to start leading the field in the five-game series.
The Australian skipper was in the post-match presentation and stepped up to the performance and said: “When you lose six for 19 you’re going to have a hard time winning a T20 match so we just needed someone to take care of it and go all the way. After the position Marsh and Wade put us in, a little bit of game intelligence would have got us over the line, but we panicked a bit. has no excuse for our batting display there, we have to dust ourselves off and come back with the same attitude but just perform a little better under pressure.
On the other hand, Obed Mcoy was announced as the man of the match for his winning spell, he said:
“I got attached, it was just about execution and adhering to the group plan. Usually on this surface the ball has a nice movement and transmission, however, I was just trying to increase my speed as much as I could. We were sure and realized we had the bowling alley to back it up. ”