WI vs AUS 1st T20: Andre Russell, Obed McCoy script stunning 18-run victory for West Indies against Australia- What appeared to be a sure Australian victory, West Indies made a stunning comeback after Obed McCoy’s 4/26 helped them secure 18-run victory in the 1st T20I in St Lucia. Earlier, Andre Russell kept the hopes alive with his maiden fifty in T20 internationals helped Windies set a 146-run target for Aaron Finch’s Australia. Russell scored a 28-ball 51 after Australia struck early.
The match ebbed and flowed but all in favour of Australia. They won the toss, struck early to leave West Indies rattling in absence of regular captain Kieron Pollard, who is sidelined with a hamstring niggle. Then it was Andre Russell who led the fightback. Having struggled with his form, DreRuss received immense criticism for failing to replicate his franchise cricket form for West Indies. But when it mattered the most, he got to his maiden half-century in T20 internationals. His quickfire 28-ball 51 helped West Indies set a modest 146-run target for Australia.
WI vs AUS 1st T20: But it was still Australia all the way as Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh played quickfire knocks of 33 of 14 and 51 off 31 respectively. But Aaron Finch’s Australia imploded. From 108/4, they lost six wickets for just 19 runs and West Indies should that Obed McCoy and Walsh Junior for that.
In the end, no Australian batsman could stay longer at the crease to finish the job and West Indies managed to defend the 145 total and beat the visitors by 18 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Earlier, Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to field first in the 1st T20I against Nicholas Pooran’s West Indies at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia. After a long gap of four months from international cricket, Cricket Australia will play their 1st series against West Indies. Captain Kieron Pollard is out with a hamstring niggle.
WI vs AUS 1st T20: Australia Innings: 127/10 (16); lost by 18 runs
|Matthew Wade (WK)||c Shimron Hetmyer b AD Russell||33||14||1||3||235.71|
|Aaron Finch (C)||c Evin Lewis b Fabian Allen||4||5||0||0||80.00|
|Mitchell Marsh||c & b Hayden Walsh||51||31||5||2||164.52|
|Josh Philippe||c DJ Bravo b OC McCoy||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Moises Henriques||c DJ Bravo b Fabian Allen||16||8||0||2||200.00|
|Ben McDermott||b Hayden Walsh||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|Daniel Christian||c DJ Bravo b Hayden Walsh||10||12||0||0||83.33|
|Ashton Agar||c & b OC McCoy||1||5||0||0||20.00|
|Mitchell Starc||c Fabian Allen b OC McCoy||3||8||0||0||37.50|
|Adam Zampa||Not out||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Josh Hazlewood||c Nicholas Pooran b OC McCoy||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Extra||5 (b 0, w 5, nb 0, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat|
|Fall Of Wickets||FOW||Over|
WI vs AUS 1st T20: West Indies Innings: 145/5 (20 ovs)
|Lendl Simmons||c MS Wade b MR Marsh||27||28||2||2||96.43|
|Evin Lewis||c MR Marsh b Josh Hazlewood||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Chris Gayle||c AC Agar b Josh Hazlewood||4||10||1||0||40.00|
|Shimron Hetmyer||c Mitchell Starc b MR Marsh||20||25||1||0||80.00|
|Nicholas Pooran (WK/C)||runout (JR Philippe)||17||16||3||0||106.25|
|Andre Russell||b Josh Hazlewood||51||28||3||5||182.14|
|Fabian Allen||Not out||8||8||0||0||100.00|
|Dwayne Bravo||Not out||7||3||0||1||233.33|
|Extra||11 (b 0, w 5, nb 0, lb 6)|
|Yet To Bat||Hayden Walsh, OC McCoy, FH Edwards|
WI vs AUS Live: 1st T20 LIVE Score:
West Indies (Playing XI): Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w/c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Ben McDermott, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood