Australia vs West Indies, 2nd T20I, Top Performances: David Warner's 75 off 41, Mitchell Starc's 4-20 and Alzarri Joseph's 3-21 are top performances. Australia beat West Indies and win series by 2-0 margin.
Brief Scores: Australia 178/7 (Warner 75, Tim David 42, Alzarri Jospeh 3/21) beat West Indies 147/8 (Charles 29, Akeal Hosein 25, Starc 4/20) by 31 runs
Player of the Match: David Warner (75 in 41 balls)
Australia faced West Indies in the second T20I of the two-match series at the Gabba in Brisbane. The home side romped to victory in the first game, and continuing their domination they also won the second T20I quite comprehensively against the West Indies in the game played on Friday as well.
Australia tick all boxes; win series 2-0
After Nicholas Pooran put Australia into bat, West Indies looked good at the start when Alzarri Joseph got hold of dangerous Cameron Green (1) in the second over. But David Warner (75) had other plans as he started his counter-attacking game from one end that took the West Indies out of the game very soon.
Along with David Warner, Tim David proved why he is considered one of the best finishers in the game currently. The Singapore-born batter thrashed the West Indies bowlers to all parts of the ground during his short stay. He scored a blistering 42 off just 20 balls that included 4 fours and 3 mammoth sixes helping Australia reach a total of 178 runs.
Chasing the target, West Indies struggle continued with the bat. Known for their big-hitting capability, the West Indies batters were not able to put up a show worth watching tonight. Kyle Mayers (6) was out in the first over of the innings itself by Mitchell Starc’s brilliant delivery.
There wasn’t any noticeable performance from the batting perspective for West Indies as they managed only 147 runs in their 20 overs and lost the match by 31 runs. Though the West Indies bowling department looked pretty okay in the second T20I. The team headed by Nicholas Pooran will seek for players to take responsibility in the upcoming world cup and not give up the excellent starts that were evident in this T20I series.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were the stars for Australia, along with Alzari Joseph shining bright as a star for the West Indies.
Here are the most noticeable performances of the second T20I between Australia and West Indies.
David Warner blasts his way to a well-made 75
Coming into the second T20I full of confidence after his brilliant performances in the last few years, David Warner looked to dominate from ball one. He thrashed the West Indies bowlers to all parts of the ground playing some brilliant pull shots and cover drives that were worth watching.
Warner during his 11 overs stay, scored 75 runs in just 41 balls that included 10 boundaries and 3 maximums with a strike rate of 182.93. It goes without saying that David Warner with his red-hot form just before the T20 World Cup will be a great asset for the Australian team and will fancy their chances of winning two world cups on a trot.
Alzarri Joseph impresses again
Watching Alzarri Joseph bowl in both the T20Is has been an absolute treat. Alzarri Joseph with his speed and bounce troubled great players of fast bowling - David Warner and Steve Smith – on Friday. Alzarri Joseph got Cameron Green out cheaply before claiming his other two wickets. He seemed to be the only West Indies bowler who created trouble for the Australia batters, getting out all three big fishes Green, Smith (17) and Matthew Wade (16) which is definitely not a piece of cake.
Alzarri Joseph finished with figures of 4-0-21-3 with an economy of just 5.25. Getting wickets without conceding many runs is something which Joseph does. Going into the world cup with that sort of form, Alzarri could possibly give some serious trouble in the tournament even to some of the best in the game.
Mitchell Starc dismantles WI with four-fer
With his career-best T20I stats, Mitchell Starc spearheaded Australia's spirited defence of their score, while Josh Hazlewood gave only 19 runs in four overs despite finishing without a wicket. Mitchell Starc was able to get wickets at regular intervals. Bowling quite economically without giving the batters any chance to score, Starc got Kyle Mayers (6), Nicholas Pooran (2), Jason Holder (16) and Odean Smith (4).
Mitchell Starc finished with his career-best T20I performance of 4-0-20-4 with an economy of just 5.
What’s to Come
Australia will now take on England in a three-match T20I series that begins with the first T20I scheduled to be held on October 9 at the Perth Stadium in Western Australia.