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Aus v WI T20Is: Sensational batting collapse by Aus as WI win by 18 runs

The first T20I match between Australia and the West Indies of the 5 match T20I series turned out to be a thriller with Australia managing to lose from a position of great strength.

Sent in to bat, West Indies batting was mediocre as they struggled to 145/6 in 20 overs. The score was entirely possible due to Russell’s blitzkrieg. At the top Simmons (27), Hetmyer (20) and stand-in captain Pooran (17) could not make good their starts as Hazlewood and Mitch Marsh were brilliant with their lengths. However, Russell made the difference with his awesome hitting, carving the Australian bowlers out of the ground with massive sixes – 5 in all in his score of 51 off 28 balls before Hazlewood bowled him off a fuller delivery. Aus v WI T20Is: Sensational batting collapse by Aus as WI win by 18 runs.

Hazlewood (3/12 off 4 overs ) was the outstanding bowler for Australia followed by Marsh (2/26) as West Indies set a modest target of 146.

Aus v WI T20Is: Sensational batting collapse by Aus as WI win by 18 runs
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Australia and Wade began in whirlwind fashion in spite of losing Finch early. Wade hit several blistering pull shots in his blazing 33 of 14 balls before hitting straight to deep point’s throat. However, Mitch Marsh looked in sparkling touch batting at 3 as he hit blazing shots all around the ground while Henriques also looking good. Australia looked poised for an easy win.

However Henriques (17 off 8 balls) dismissal at 89/3 on the 5th ball of 8th over triggered a sensational collapse. lefthander Obed McCoy (4/24) proved again why he is such a big discovery in the T20I format. With skilful slower balls, McCoy rattled the Australian middle-order with Hayden Walsh (3/23). Marsh after his brilliant 51 off 31 balls was deceived by a slower one from Walsh and Agar followed suit against McCoy. The others went for glory shots when the need of the hour was to rotate the strike with an asking rate around 4 an over and thus inexplicably Australia lost their last 7 wickets for 38 runs with all the time in the world at their disposal to cross the line.

McCoy for his match-winning spell was the man of the match.

Brief scores

West Indies won by 18 runs

WI 145/6 (20 Ovs) 

Batting

Russell 51(28)

Simmons 27(28)

Bowling

Hazlewood 3/12

Mitchell Marsh 2/26

AUS 127/10 (16 Ovs) 

Batting

Mitchell Marsh 51(31)

Wade(wk) 33(14)

Bowling

Obed McCoy 4/26

Hayden Walsh 3/23

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