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Australia vs West Indies Ball by Ball Commentary

05 Oct, 2022 13:40 (IST)

Result

West Indies in Australia, 2 T20I Series, 2022- Match

West Indies

145/9

20.0 overs
vs

Australia

146/7

19.5 overs

Australia beat West Indies by 3 wickets

Carrara Oval, Carrara

Right then. That's it from the coverage of this game. Australia have taken a lead in this series. They would be looking to seal the series when they meet again on 7th October 2022 in Brisbane. The first ball will be at 1.40 pm IST (8.10 am GMT). But our build-up begins much earlier. Until then, take care and goodbye.
The victorious skipper, Aaron Finch wins the Man of the Match award for his incredible knock of 58 runs. He says it got really close, both the teams were sloppy. Adds they knew it was going to be tough to chase this down on this wicket and Wade played brilliantly towards the end. Mentions he feels good, they needed to handle the pressure and the good thing is getting over the line. Informs he enjoyed batting in the middle order and Green has been playing well but they'll be trying a few things in the next game.
Nicholas Pooran, the captain of West Indies says it is frustrating, they did well to make a match out of it. Adds the bowlers did really well but they could not capitalize during the important stages. States they just need to keep the confidence up and there were quite a few positives and it was good to see the fight.
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Earlier in the day after being inserted, Windies got off to a very good start. They were pegged back though and were struggling at one point. Smith played a brilliant cameo to take his side over 140. That turned out to be a very competitive total as it came down to the last over but Wade once again played the role of the finisher and took his side over the line.
West Indies can be happy with the way they fought. The likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph and the leg spinner, Yannic Cariah were really good. Sheldon Cottrell was brilliant with the new ball but lost his control later on. Holder too wasn't at his best. However, what was more disappointing from the Windies was the fielding. They dropped crucial catches at crucial times in the game and that cost them the match.
Australia actually crawled their way to this target. They were struggling throughout. At one stage, they were under huge pressure when they had half the side back in the hut and still needed above 80. Finch and Wade then played brilliantly, the two added over 50 and took Australia back on top. Finch fell, Cummins did not last for long and the pressure was back on the Aussies. It came down to 11 from the last over but Wade and Starc managed to score the runs needed. Yes, they were helped by some poor fielding by the Windies but as they say, a win is a win.
Things could have been so different had Raymon Reifer taken that catch on the second ball of the last over. However, that chance was not taken and it is yet again, Wade, who's the hero for Australia. Another excellent knock from him under pressure and he has ensured Australia take a 1-0 lead in this series.
19.5 2

Mitchell Starc crashes into Johnson Charles during his second run but gets inside the crease in the end. It is a short ball, outside off. Mitchell Starc cuts it towards sweeper cover. The batters call for two and complete it in the end. AUSTRALIA WIN THE GAME BY 3 WICKETS.

19.4 2

OH NO! Sheldon Cottrell could've gotten two wickets if the catches were taken. It is short, outside off, slower one. Mitchell Starc lifts it high in the air towards backward point. Kyle Mayers moves to his right but seems a bit casual in his approach. Sheldon Cottrell thought he got a wicket here, but Kyle Mayers dives in front of him but is unable to gather the ball safely. The batters take two more.

19.3 1

Good length, wide outside off. Wade cuts it to deep point for a single. Mitchell Starc on strike now.

19.2 2

DROPPED! NO WAY! Raymon Reifer the culprit this time. He could've sealed the game for West Indies. It is a short ball, outside off. Matthew Wade swings hard at it. The ball goes towards deep point. Raymon Reifer sprints forward but he could not plant his feet. He slips and the ball spills out as well. The batters take a couple.

19.1 4

FOUR! A boundary to start the final over. Pressure on Cottrell straightaway. It is slightly short, down leg. Matthew Wade swivels and pulls it past the man at short fine. The ball races away to the fence.

Score after 19 overs : 135/7

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Starc

2 (2)

M Wade

32 (26)

O Smith

3-0-19-1

18.6 2

It is a short ball, outside off. Mitchell Starc stands tall and smacks it past the bowler. It goes towards long on. The batters run hard and get a couple. 11 runs needed now with Matthew Wade on strike for the final over.

18.5 0

Swing and a miss! A length ball, angling across the left-hander. Mitchell Starc slashes but connects with thin air. 13 runs needed off 7 now.

18.4 W 0

OUT! CLEANS HIM UP! A huge wicket from Smith. This game is getting very tight. A length ball, on off. Pat Cummins looks to heave it across the line but misses is completely. The ball goes through and hits the top of off. Pat Cummins short stay at the crease comes to an end. Is there a twist in the tale? Mitchell Starc is the new man in for Australia.

18.3 1

A short ball, outside off. Matthew Wade stays back and cuts it hard towards deep point. The batters take a single.

18.2 1

In the air but lands safely. It is pitched up, on off. Pat Cummins looks to heave it across the line. The ball goes high in the air but lands behind mid on between the three coverging fielders as well. One more taken.

18.1 0

Smith fires it full, on middle. Cummins digs it out back to the bowler.

Score after 18 overs : 131/6

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Wade

31 (25)

P Cummins

3 (4)

A Joseph

4-0-17-2

17.6 0

A dot to end the over! Back of a length, on middle and leg. It skids through. Wade looks to pull it away but it dies on the deck off the inside edge.

17.6 wd 1

WIDE! Full length, wide outside off, even past the tramline. Wade leaves it alone. Wide called.

17.5 1

Jospeh goes full again, on middle. It is a half-volley. Pat Cummins hits it down to long on for a single.

17.4 2

Pat Cummins is off the mark! It is overpitched, outside off. Pat Cummins drives it through the off side. They collect two runs.

17.3 0

Two dots on the trot! Fuller, on middle and leg. Pat Cummins nudges it to short mid-wicket.

17.2 0

Swing and a miss! A length ball, outside off. Pat Cummins looks to drive it away but gets beaten on the outside edge.

17.1 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! A timely wicket for West Indies and it is Alzarri Joseph who provides with a breakthrough. This could well change the game here. It is full, on middle and leg. Aaron Finch makes room and throws his blade at it. The ball goes high in the air towards long on. Aaron Finch does not get the desired distance on it. Jason Holder takes a sitter in the deep. Pat Cummins comes in at number 8.

Score after 17 overs : 127/5

Runs Scored

9 Runs

A Finch

58 (52)

M Wade

31 (24)

J Holder

4-0-30-1

16.6 1

Full length, on leg. Finch eases it to long on for a single.

16.5 2

Fuller, on the pads, Finch flicks to mid-wicket and collects a brace. This is really good running.

16.4 4

FOUR! Up and over! Aaron Finch moves to the leg side. Jason Holder follows the batter with a full one, a slower one yet again. Aaron Finch stays leg side of the ball and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary.

16.3 0

Fuller, on middle and leg. Finch looks to heave it across the line but misses.

16.2 lb 1

LEG BYE! Jason Holder comes 'round the wicket and goes full, on middle and leg. Matthew Wade fails to push it away. The ball goes towards point off the pads. They take a leg bye.

16.1 lb 1

LEG BYE! Jason Holder serves it on a length, on middle. It tails in a touch. Finch fails to flick it away. It goes to the leg side off his pads. They collect a leg bye.

Score after 16 overs : 118/5

Runs Scored

9 Runs

M Wade

31 (23)

A Finch

51 (47)

O Smith

2-0-15-0

15.6 4

FOUR! Incredible shot! Back of a length, on off. Matthew Wade pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. One bounce and over the ropes. 28 runs needed in 24 balls now.

15.5 2

Two runs this time! Short ball, on middle. Wade goes back and pulls it just over mid-wicket. It lands safely and they take a couple.

15.4 0

Back of a length, outside off. Wade looks to chase it but cannot connect.

15.3 1

On off, this is pushed wide of mid off for one.

15.2 0

Shorter and outside off, Finch slashes but misses.

15.1 2

Misfield! Can't afford these when chasing the game! On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket. The fielder lets it through, two taken. Fifty for Finch. The skipper leads from the front. Solid knock. Understood the situation and played accordingly. Job still not done.

Score after 15 overs : 109/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

M Wade

25 (20)

A Finch

48 (44)

Y Cariah

4-0-15-1

14.6 0

Lovely bowling, end of a good spell from Yannic Cariah! On middle, defended.

14.5 2

Two more! Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for two.

14.4 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

14.3 0

Three dots in a row! Shorter and on off, Finch pushes it to covers.

14.2 0

Loopy ball on off, kept out.

14.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 14 overs : 106/5

Runs Scored

6 Runs

M Wade

23 (18)

A Finch

47 (40)

J Holder

3-0-23-1

13.6 2

Another couple as Wade this time works it with soft hands towards the leg side.

13.5 1

On middle, this is nudged towards mid-wicket for one.

13.4 2

Two again! On middle, this is worked with soft hands towards mid-wicket for two.

13.3 0

Back of a length and on middle, defended.

13.2 0

Slower and shorter outside off, Finch looks to cut but underedges it to the keeper.

13.1 1

On the pads, this is nudged towards mid-wicket for one.

Score after 13 overs : 100/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

M Wade

20 (16)

A Finch

44 (36)

A Joseph

3-0-13-1

12.6 1

100 up for the Aussies! A yorker on middle, this is jammed out on the leg side for one.

12.5 1

On the fuller side again, Finch strokes it through covers and takes one.

12.4 2

Two! Shorter and around off, Finch pushes it through covers for two.

12.3 1

On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

12.2 1

Fuller and on middle, this is worked down to long on for one.

12.1 1

Shortish, this is pulled towards deep square leg and a run is taken.

Score after 12 overs : 93/5

Runs Scored

18 Runs

A Finch

40 (33)

M Wade

17 (13)

S Cottrell

3-0-38-2

11.6 4

EDGY FOUR! Handy runs for Australia and frustrating for the Windies! This is short and outside off, Finch looks to push at it, it goes off the outside edge fine on the off side and races away to the fence. End of a huge over and a much-needed one for Australia. 53 needed in 48.

11.5 1

Angled into the pads, it is worked on the leg side for one.

11.4 4

FOUR! Third in the over! Another poor ball. Short and down the leg side. Wade pulls it to the left of fine leg now and it is another boundary.

11.3 4

FOUR! Second boundary in the over and this could well be the momentum changing over! Shorter and on the body, this is pulled through square leg. It races away to the fence.

Ouch! The throw was a bit poo with pace on. Brandon King gets clipped on his cheeks as he could not back it up nicely. The physio comes out to have a look. Brandon King seems to be alright.
11.2 1

Smart batting! Follows the boundary with a single as this is nudged towards mid-wicket. That would have hurt King. He was backing up the throw by the fielder. It took a nasty bounce and hit him on the face.

11.1 4

FOUR! Put away nicely! Yes, it is a full toss but you still need to find the gap! Outside off, Finch strokes it through covers and this one races away to the fence. Good start to the over.

Score after 11 overs : 75/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

M Wade

8 (10)

A Finch

31 (30)

Y Cariah

3-0-12-1

10.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

10.5 1

A single now! This is flatter and on the pads, Finch flicks it to square leg for one.

10.4 0

On off, Finch presses forward and defends it back to the bowler.

10.3 4

FOUR! A much-needed boundary. This should release some pressure. It is full and down leg. Aaron Finch sweeps it down to fine leg for four.

10.2 1

Full and on leg. Matthew Wade reverse-sweeps it to deep point for one more.

10.1 1

Short ball, outside off. Aaron Finch pulls it down to mid on and takes a single.

Score after 10 overs : 68/5

Runs Scored

6 Runs

M Wade

7 (8)

A Finch

25 (26)

O Smith

1-0-6-0

9.6 0

A dot to end the over! A sharp bumber, on off, shaping away. Matthew Wade leaves it alone. He thinks it should be a wide but the umpire is unmoved. Excellent over from Smith, just 6 off it.

9.5 1

Length now, on off, tailing in a touch. Aaron Finch defends it to point and crosses.

9.4 1

Back of a length, outside off. Matthew Wade rides the bounce and goes over covers. He does not hit it cleanly. The batters take one.

9.3 0

Length, on off, blocked out.

9.2 4

FOUR! Matthew Wade gets his first boundary of the chase! It is a short ball, down leg. Matthew Wade goes for the pull shot. It comes off his gloves and goes past the effort of the keeper. It races down to the fine leg fence.

9.1 0

A length ball, on top of off. Wade stays back and blocks it out watchfully.

Score after 9 overs : 62/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Finch

24 (25)

M Wade

2 (3)

Y Cariah

2-0-5-1

8.6 0

A peach of a delivery! Flighted one, outside off, it dips and turns away sharply. Aaron Finch gets on his front foot to defend it out but gets beaten on the outside edge.

8.5 1

Another single! It is full and on off. Wade blocks it to point for one more.

8.4 1

This is flicked to square leg for one. Its been a while since Australia got a boundary.

8.3 0

Tossed up, on off. Finch blocks it back to the bowler on the front foot.

8.2 1

Loops it up, around off. It grips and turns in. Matthew Wade pushes it to mid off and gets off the mark.

8.1 1

Fuller,  on off, this is driven through covers for a single.

Score after 8 overs : 58/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Wade

0 (1)

A Finch

22 (21)

J Holder

2-0-17-1

7.6 0

A length ball, on the pads, Wade blocks it out safely. A successful over from Holder comes to an end.

7.5 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT IN THE DEEP! Australia are losing their ploy here. Tim David goes back to the pavilion on a 4-ball duck. He tries to break the shackles but holes out instead. Jason Holder gets a huge wicket here of the power-hitter. It is a short ball, on middle. Tim David does not have much room on offer. He still goes for the pull on his back foot. The ball takes the outside edge and flies high towards deep square leg. Odean Smith stationed there takes an easy catch. Another poor dismissal for the hosts.

7.4 0

Third dot of the over! Jason Holder goes wide of the crease and angles it in, full and on off. David defends it back to the bowler.

7.3 1

Fuller, on the pads, Finch flicks it through the leg side for a single.

7.2 0

A full-length delivery, at 125 clicks. Aaron Finch hangs back and dabs it to the off side.

7.1 0

Good length, tailing into the pads. Finch tucks it to square on the leg side.

Score after 7 overs : 57/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

T David

0 (2)

A Finch

21 (18)

Y Cariah

1-0-1-1

6.6 0

Loops it up, outside off. It grips and turns away. David lets it be. A wicket-taking over from Yannic Cariah comes to an end.

6.5 0

Fraction short, on off. David goes back and hits it back to the bowler.

6.4 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! The debutant, Yannic Cariah strikes in his very first over and gets rid of the big fish, Glenn Maxwell. He walks back on a 3-ball duck. Australia in a spot of bother. It is tossed up, full and on off. Glenn Maxwell gets low and looks to slog it away. The ball takes the top edge and flies high in the air. It goes to the right of extra covers, Nicholas Pooran there moves to his right, keeps his eyes on the ball and gathers it safely.

6.3 0

Loops it up, around off, turning away. Glenn Maxwell tries to chase it on his front foot but gets beaten on the outside edge,

6.2 1

It is tossed up, on off. Finch slices it to sweeper cover. They take one.

6.1 0

It is tossed up, outside off, this one holds its line. Finch looks to block it out but misses.

Score after 6 overs : 56/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

G Maxwell

0 (1)

A Finch

20 (16)

A Joseph

2-0-6-1

5.6 0

So, the Powerplay comes to an end and Australia are 56/3. It is a length ball, on off. Maxwell blocks it out watchfully.

5.5 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Cameron Green is on his way to the dugout. Alzarri Joseph goes full, on off, it tails in a bit. Cameron Green makes room and looks to whack it over covers but misses. The ball sneaks through to rattle the stumps. Alzarri Joseph gets his first wicket. Australia lose their third here. Not a great sign for the hosts. Glenn Maxwell is the new man in.

5.4 1

It is a short ball, in the channel. Aaron Finch stays back, hops and taps it to backward point. They take a single now.

5.3 2

Fuller, on the pads, Finch flicks it into the gap at square leg. The batters take two with ease. This is really good running.

5.2 0

Swing and a miss! Back of a length, on off. Aaron Finch looks to heave it aross the line but misses it completely.

5.1 2

Short ball, on off. Finch pulls it to deep square leg for two runs.

Score after 5 overs : 51/2

Runs Scored

16 Runs

C Green

14 (9)

A Finch

15 (12)

J Holder

1-0-16-0

4.6 4

FOUR! Up and over! 16 from the first over by Holder! Shorter and outside off, this is slapped over cover for another boundary.

4.5 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

4.4 0

On the pads, Finch looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

4.3 4

FOUR! Lovely placement! On the pads, this is tickled fine, past short fine leg for a boundary. Holder is proving to be really expensive in his first over.

4.2 1

Green is going after everything! Makes room again, he is followed, it is pulled through mid-wicket for one.

4.1 6

SIX! Whacked! Welcome into the attack, Holder! Short and on middle, this is pulled over the mid-wicket fence. Goes all the way.

Score after 4 overs : 35/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

C Green

3 (6)

A Finch

10 (9)

S Cottrell

2-0-20-2

3.6 1

A single to end! On the pads, this is flicked towards deep square leg for one.

3.5 1

Goes short yet again, this is pulled through mid-wicket for two.

3.4 2

Two! Shorter and outside off again, this is played to the right of the fielder at deep point. Two taken.

3.3 2

Really good running again! Around off, this is guided to the left of the fielder at deep point. Two taken.

3.2 4

FOUR! Hammered! Shorter and outside off, it sits up to be hit. Finch slaps it through covers for a boundary.

3.1 0

Back of a length and on off, defended.

Score after 3 overs : 25/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

C Green

2 (5)

A Finch

1 (4)

A Joseph

1-0-1-0

2.6 lb 2

Really good running! On the pads, Green looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls towards square leg. Two taken. Leg byes.

2.5 1

Finch is off the mark! On a length and around off, this is played through point for one.

2.4 0

Length again and on middle, extra bounce. Hits the splice of the bat as he tries to defend.

2.3 0

Confusion but safe! Length and on off, this is pushed towards cover. Green is off but is sent back in time.

2.2 0

That was fast! Short and on middle, this one takes off. Finch looks to pull but gets hit on the body.

2.1 lb 1

On the pads, Green looks to flick but misses, it hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

Aaron Finch is the new man in.

Score after 2 overs : 21/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

M Marsh

3 (3)

C Green

2 (3)

S Cottrell

1-0-10-2

1.6 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Sheldon Cottrell has two in the over. Two big wickets. He could have had three but this is still a brilliant over. A full one outside off, Marsh looks to drive but it goes off the outside edge which is taken by the keeper, Johnson Charles. Game on!

1.5 1

Did that carry? We feel it did! Shorter and on middle, Green looks to upper cut it but it goes more off the top edge towards shoirt third man. It is dying on the fielder there. Mayers dives but he seems to have dropped it. A single. Windies need to take such chances if they are to have a chance in this game.

1.4 1

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.

1.4 wd 1

WIDE! This is short again but down the leg side. Wided.

1.3 2

Not sure if bowling short to Marsh is the right thing! Shorter and on the body, this is pulled towards fine leg. The fielder runs to his left, dives and keeps it down to two.

1.3 wd 1

WIDE! Short and down the leg side. Marsh misses the pull. Wided. Sheldon Cottrell was the only one appealing.

Mitchell Marsh comes in at number 3.
1.2 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! That is the early wicket the Windies were looking for and the flying start for Australia has been cut short. Not a good shot that by Warner. This is a good delivery, fuller, it starts on middle and then shapes away. Warner looks to go downtown but loses his shape in looking to do so. It goes off the outside edge and it is taken at first slip by King.

1.1 4

FOUR! Pulled fine! Another poor delivery! Short and down the leg side, it is pulled past short fine leg for a boundary.

It will be Sheldon Cottrell to steam in from the other end.

Score after 1 overs : 11/0

Runs Scored

11 Runs

D Warner

10 (4)

C Green

1 (2)

K Mayers

1-0-11-0

0.6 1

A single to end a very good first over for the Aussies! On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

0.5 4

FOUR! Edgy but Warner won't care! Fuller and outside off, Warner looks to swing it across the line but it goes off the top edge and down to the third man fence.

0.4 4

FOUR! Can't bowl short to Warner, especially at Mayers' pace. Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary.

0.3 1

Green is off the mark! Fuller and on off, he hits it towards mid off for one.

0.2 0

Green goes for it straightaway! Fuller and around off, it tails back in. Green swings but it goes off the inside edge to short fine leg.

0.1 1

Slightly shorter in length, does get it to tail away a little. Warner pulls it through square leg for one. He and Australia and underway.

West Indies haven't been clinical enough in their recent runs in T20Is. They lost their two previous T20I series against India and New Zealand. Although, they would hope their players are in good shape and in the right mindset post the CPL 2022. Also, a huge blow for West Indies as Hetmyer was omitted from the travelling squad after he missed his flight for Australia. This will certainly affect his preparations for the World Cup. A series where both the teams would be looking to gather the momentum as they head closer to the main event. It promises to be a cracker. Stay tuned for toss and team updates.

The chase is set to get underway. The West Indies players stride out to the middle. Followed by David Warner and Cameron Green who walk out to open for Australia. It will be Kyle Mayers to start with the new ball.
... The Run Chase ...
Right then. 146 is what Australia need to take a lead in this series. They will certainly back themselves to chase this down. West Indies though will need a few early wickets if they are to put some pressure on the opposition here. Do join us for the chase in a short while.
Aaron Finch says that the spiinner did well. Says it might  be a tricky total but he is quite confident. Adds Green has been in good nick recently up top and hence they are trying something new with him slotting in at 4.
It was a complete team performance from Australia! Mitchell Starc gave away 14 runs in his first over while Josh Hazlewood started his spell with a wicket off the very first delivery. Starc took his time to get into his rhythm. Later, the spinners did really well to put a stem over the run rate. Then Pat Cummins came into the attack and got rid of Kyle Mayers, the set batsman. From hereon, Australia were clearly ahead in the match. They leaked a few runs in the death over which they won't be happy about.
No one other than Kyle Mayers stood out with the blade. It was his aggressive approach at the top that helped West Indies to build a solid foundation up top. He was well supported by Brandon King after the early departure of Charles. Although, post the Powerplay, West Indies could not make the most of the momentum. The boundaries dried up and then the batters could not deal under pressure. They started falling like a pack of cards once Mayers slipped out. In the end, Odean Smith hit a few meaty blows to put up a competitive total on the board.
A rather disappointing outing with the blade for the visitors. Australia did leak apleanty in the opening overs but did really well once their bowlers got into the rhythm. West Indies tried to steal the momentum in the death overs but Pat Cummins did really well to keep them under 150 by giving away 5 runs in the final over.

Score after 20 overs : 145/9

Runs Scored

5 Runs

Y Cariah

1 (2)

O Smith

27 (17)

P Cummins

4-0-22-2

19.6 W 0

OUT! RUN OUT! Nothing from the last ball then! Really good work from Wade! West Indies end with 145! A low full toss outside off. Yannic Cariah fails to reach it, they try to steal a bye but Wade hits the stumps at the keeper's end. A really good last over from Cummins.

19.5 1

Just the one! Smith won't be facing the last ball. Shorter and on middle, Smith pulls, it goes off the top edge towards deep square leg. A run taken.

19.4 0

Another dot! A slower one this time, Smith is way too early in the swing, he misses.

19.3 0

A really good bumper outside off, Smith slashes but misses.

19.2 1

Yannic Cariah does the right thing! Length and on off, he pushes it towards cover for one.

19.1 1

Just the one! Can't do a lot with that delivery! A yorker outside off, it is carved to deep point for one.

19.1 wd 1

WIDE! Make that two in a row! Down the leg side this time, left alone. Two runs without a ball being bowled.

19.1 wd 1

WIDE! Pressure, pressure of not bowling into Smith's zone. However, Cummins bowls it well wide outside off. Left alone and wided.

Score after 19 overs : 140/8

Runs Scored

18 Runs

O Smith

25 (13)

Y Cariah

0 (0)

J Hazlewood

4-0-35-3

18.6 1

Good batting! Keeps strike now! A length ball outside off, this is slapped towards covr for one. End of a huge over. 18 from it.

18.5 4

FOUR! That is a brutal hit! Fuller and outside off, Smith crunches it through covers and this one races away. All of a sudden, 150 seems possible.

18.4 2

Two! A low full toss, Smith swings, it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for two.

Can Odean Smith take his side near the 150-run mark? It will be very interesting to see how it pans out.
18.4 nb 1

NOT OUT! Odean Smith has been called back as that is the second bouncer of the over above the shoulder height. Windies will be really pleased as Smith survives to fight another day. A short one on middle, Smith looks to pull, it goes off the top edge and into the hands of the keeper. Smith starts walking back but is asked to wait. They go upstairs to check for the height and it is deemed as a no ball. Free Hit coming up.

18.3 4

TOP EDGE AND FOUR! Odean Smith and West Indies won't mind how they come as long as they do. Shorter and around off, Odean Smith looks to upper cut it but it goes off the top edge and over the keeper. Boundary. Handy runs.

18.2 0

That is hit hard but to the fielder! Fuller and on off, this is hit hard but to mid off.

18.1 6

SIX! That is another massive hit! We have seen some big biggies in this game. Also, it is another over which starts with a massive hit! On a length, Odean Smith smokes it over the long on fence. The ball is lost in the empty stands. Some spectators get there and retrieve the lost ball.

Yannic Cariah comes in at number 10.

Score after 18 overs : 122/8

Runs Scored

13 Runs

A Joseph

7 (7)

O Smith

8 (6)

M Starc

4-0-40-2

17.6 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! That is a good catch from Tim David! Starc gets his revenge! A full ball on middle, Alzarri Joseph looks to go downtown but it is more off the toe-end. Tim David at long on takes a very good catch. It had gone really high.

17.5 0

A yorker outside off, Alzarri Joseph fails to jam it out.

17.5 wd 1

WIDE! Starc will have to reload again! Shorter and on the body, Alzarri Joseph evades it.

17.4 1

DROPPED! A good effort though. Another one full and outside off, Smith swings, it flies off the outside edge towards third man who is back. Zampa runs to his right, the bowling is tailing away from him. He dives and gets two hands to it but spills it. Would have been a good catch. A single in the end.

17.3 4

FOUR! Just over the short third man fielder! He was placed perfectly but it goes just over him! Outside off, fuller, Odean Smith swings, it goes off the outside edge over short third man for a boundary. 11 from the first three balls.

17.2 1

That is more off the splice! Shorter and on middle, Alzarri Joseph looks to pull, it goes off the splice towards mid-wicket for one.

17.1 6

SIX! BANG! That is a massive hit! Yet again an over starts with a biggie! Shorter and on middle, this is hammered over the long on fence for a maximum.

Score after 17 overs : 109/7

Runs Scored

4 Runs

O Smith

3 (4)

A Joseph

0 (3)

J Hazlewood

3-0-17-3

16.6 0

A dot to end! Outside off, shorter. Smith slashes but misses.

16.5 lb 1

Another leg bye! On the pads, Joseph looks to flick, it hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

16.4 0

Length again and just outside off, Alzarri Joseph looks to push it through the off side but misses.

16.3 lb 2

Direct hit but safe! On the pads, Alzarri Joseph looks to flick, it hits the thigh pad and rolls towards square leg. They take one and go for the second. The fielder hits the stumps at the keeper's end but the batter is in.

Alzarri Joseph is the new man in.
16.2 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! The dangerous Rovman Powell walks back. This could well make a difference of 15 runs to the final total. 140 looks far away. Another short one does the trick. Short and on middle, gets big on Powell. He looks to pull, it goes off the top edge to the right of Josh Hazlewood. He takes it.

16.1 1

Shorter and outside off, this is slashed over point but only for one.

Score after 16 overs : 105/6

Runs Scored

10 Runs

R Powell

7 (12)

O Smith

2 (2)

P Cummins

3-0-17-2

15.6 0

Leading edge but safe! Shorter and angled into the body, Powell looks to flick but it goes off the leading edge. Lands short of the bowler.

15.5 1

Just another one! On the pads, this is nudged towards square leg.

15.5 wd 1

WIDE! Short but it is very high. Evaded and wided.

15.4 1

A slower one, this is guided down to third man for a single.

15.3 1

Angled into middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Odean Smith is the new man in.
15.2 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Cummins gets his revenge! One shot too many by Holder. Can't blame him though. Timely wicket, Windies were just getting a move on. You miss, I hit from Cummins. On the stumps, slightly fuller. Holder swings across the line but misses and the stumps are hit.

15.1 6

SIX! Holder is providing the much-needed impetus! On middle, length, this is heaved over the long on fence for a biggie.

Score after 15 overs : 95/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

J Holder

7 (5)

R Powell

6 (10)

C Green

2-0-16-1

14.6 1

Touch slower again. It is full this time, on the stumps. Holder stays back and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.

14.5 0

A slower bouncer, outside off. Holder lets it be.

14.4 6

SIX! In the slot and dispatched. Green goes full and outside off. Jason Holder makes room and smokes it over the wide long on fence for a maximum. A much-needed boundary for West Indies.

14.3 0

Back of a length, in the channel. The ball flies off the deck. Jason Holder is surprised with the bounce and gets it out off the top of the blade.

14.2 0

A huge appeal for lbw but turned down! Cameron Green sprints in and fires in a yorker, on middle and leg. Jason Holder looks to dig it out but misses. He is on the floor straightaway. It might be going down leg. Aaron Finch though thinks otherwise and takes the review. The Hot Spot confirms no bat is involved. The Ball Tracking confirms the impact is outside the line. The original decision stands.

Jason Holder is the new man in.
14.1 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Cameron Green gets himself into the wicket's column. Green goes 'round the wicket. It is a short ball, outside off, with some extra bounce. Raymon Reifer looks to pull it away but gets a top-edge on it. The ball flies high in the air and goes to the right of the keeper. Matthew Wade moves to that side and takes an easy catch.

Score after 14 overs : 88/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

R Powell

6 (10)

R Reifer

19 (22)

A Zampa

4-0-21-0

13.6 0

Full, attacking the stumps. Powell presses forward and defends it out watchfully. Adam Zampa ends his spell of 4 overs with no wickets.

13.5 0

Fraction short, outside off. Powell stays back and cuts it to point.

13.4 1

Touch short, outside off. Raymon Reifer cuts it through point for one.

13.3 0

It is full and on off. Raymon Reifer goes back and drives it back to the bowler. Adam Zampa makes a half-stop and kills the pace of the ball.

13.2 0

This is pushed through quicker and flatter, around off. Raymon Reifer looks to chase it but misses.

13.1 1

It is a short ball, outside off. Rovman Powell goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.

Score after 13 overs : 86/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

R Powell

5 (7)

R Reifer

18 (19)

M Starc

3-0-27-1

12.6 1

This is pushed through covers for a single. A probing over from Starc comes to an end.

12.5 0

Mitchell Starc bowls with much more aggression this time! It is a short ball, on off. This one spits off the deck. Rovman Powell hops inside the crease and blocks it off the top of of the blade.

12.4 2

DROPPED! David Warner is the culprit this time. It is a short ball, outside off. Rovman Powell hangs back and looks to pull it away. The ball takes the outside edge and flies high in the air towards mid off. David Warner calls for it from mid on and runs to his left; He gets two hands on the ball but spills it in the end. The batters take a couple.

12.3 1

This is pulled through mid-wicket for another single.

12.2 1

Just the one yet again! A length ball, on off. Powell stays back and blocks it to point for one more.

12.1 1

Fuller in length, attacking the stumps. Raymon Reifer shuffles and flicks it aerially towards mid on. They cross for one.

Score after 12 overs : 80/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

R Reifer

16 (17)

R Powell

1 (3)

A Zampa

3-0-19-0

11.6 1

Darted on the pads, flicked to deep mid-wicket for one more. A tidy over from Adam Zampa comes to an end.

11.5 1

It is floated and full, outside off. Rovman Powell gets low and paddles it down to fine leg for a single.

11.4 0

This is pushed through quicker, outside off, Powell looks to drive it away but gets beaten on the outside edge.

11.3 1

A short ball, on off. Raymon Reifer stands back and pulls it towards long on for a single.

11.2 2

Loops it up, full and on off. Raymon Reifer drives it down to long off for a brace.

11.1 0

Fuller, on middle and leg. Raymon Reifer flicks it to short mid-wicket.

Score after 11 overs : 75/4

Runs Scored

7 Runs

R Powell

0 (1)

R Reifer

12 (13)

M Starc

2-0-21-1

10.6 0

Good length, outside off. Powell hangs back and guides it to point. A wicket-taking over by Mitchell Starc comes to an end.

Rovman Powell is the new man in.
10.5 W 0

OUT! LBW! Mitchell Starc cannot believe it. He was already headed towards his mark for the next delivery, but the big screen shows OUT and the celebrations have began. Mitchell Starc serves it full, on middle and leg. It straightens a bit. Pooran looks to dig it out but gets rapped on his pads first. There is a huge appeal but the umpire shows no interest. Aaron Finch takes the review and Australia do get their man eventually.

Review! Aaron Finch takes the review for LBW! The on-field decision is NOT OUT. The Hot Spot confirms there is some bat on it but later the RTS confirms that it is pad first. The Ball Tracking shows that it is missing the stumps. The final decision is OUT.
10.4 1

A length ball, in the channel. Raymon Reifer carves it over covers for a single.

10.4 wd 1

WIDE! It is short, going down leg yet again. Raymon Reifer looks to pull it away but misses.

10.3 2

Starc goes full and in the slot. Raymon Reifer picks it up really well and lofts it towards long off. The mid off is up and it lands safely. They take a couple.

10.2 1

Full length, attacking the stumps. Pooran flicks it towards mid on and takes a single.

10.2 wd 1

WIDE! Starc this time spills it down leg. Nicholas Pooran looks to flick it away but misses. Wide called.

10.1 1

A length ball, around off, Raymon Reifer plays it towards mid on and crosses.

Score after 10 overs : 68/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

N Pooran

1 (3)

R Reifer

8 (10)

P Cummins

2-0-7-1

9.6 0

A good nut to end! Length and on off, Pooran has a poke at it but is beaten.

9.5 1

Edgy run! Length and on off, Raymon Reifer looks to defend, it goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.

9.4 0

A bumper and on middle, RR evades it.

9.3 1

Pooran is off the mark! On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

9.2 0

Good length and on off, Pooran defends it on the off side.

Nicholas Pooran comes in at number 5.
9.1 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! The wicket is taken by Cummins but the credit has to be given to the two spinners. They were the ones who built the pressure by bowling a few tight overs after the Powerplay. Cummins comes on, he bowls it on a length and on off. Mayers looks to go after him. He tries to play it across the line but misses and it hits the top of off. Mayers played well but he needed to go on. It is probably a wicket where the set batters have to make full use of the start they have got. Windies in trouble all of a sudden.

Score after 9 overs : 66/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Mayers

39 (35)

R Reifer

7 (8)

G Maxwell

2-0-8-0

8.6 1

On off, Mayers now strokes it through covers for one. It has been long since the boundary has been found.

8.5 1

Just another single as this is pushed through covers.

8.4 1

Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

8.3 0

This is fired down the leg side as Maxwell sees Mayers shape up for the reverse. Mayers misses.

8.2 1

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

8.1 1

Slightly shorter and on the body, this is pulled down to fine leg for one.

Score after 8 overs : 61/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Mayers

36 (31)

R Reifer

5 (6)

A Zampa

2-0-14-0

7.6 1

BIG SPIN! That is exactly what Wade said. Lands outside off and spins back in. Mayers plays it towards point for one.

7.5 1

On off, this is guided to point for one.

7.5 wd 1

WIDE! Down the leg side, Raymon Reifer looks to flick but misses. Wade does not take it cleanly. It goes to short fine leg who makes a wayward throw towards the bowler. He misses it and it goes to long on. No run taken.

7.4 0

Things have gone really quiet now! On the pads, Raymon Reifer looks to sweep, it goes off the pad to short fine leg.

7.3 1

Just the one! Shorter and on off, Mayers pushes it through covers for one.

7.2 0

Shorter and on off, Mayers guides it to point. Another dot. Pressure now probably building.

7.1 1

On the pads, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

Score after 7 overs : 56/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Mayers

34 (28)

R Reifer

3 (3)

G Maxwell

1-0-3-0

6.6 0

A tidy over then from Maxwell! On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

6.5 0

Fired on off, Mayers guides it to point.

6.4 1

On middle, Raymon Reifer nudges it on the leg side for one.

6.3 1

Shorter and around off, Mayers looks to push it on the off side, it goes off the outside edge towards short third man for one.

6.2 0

Some turn there! This lands around off and then spins away. Mayers lets it be after seeing the turn.

6.1 1

Tossed up on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.

Score after 6 overs : 53/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Mayers

33 (24)

R Reifer

1 (1)

J Hazlewood

2-0-16-2

5.6 0

A dot to end! End of the first 6 and West Indies will be happy with it. They are 53 for 2 after it. A short one around middle, Mayers looks to cut but misses.

5.5 0

Mayers misses out there! This is short and on the body, he pulls but to short fine leg. A little to the left or the right and it would have been a boundary.

5.4 4

FOUR! Squeezed away! Mayers is going along his merry way! A low full toss outside off, Mayers jams it through point and the ball races away to the fence.

5.3 1

Raymon Reifer is off the mark! Length and on off, he looks to defend, is slightly late on the shot, it goes off the inside edge towards short fine leg for one.

Raymon Reifer is the new batter in.
5.2 W 0

OUT! LBW! That is plumb! Good King did not review that. A welcome wicket for Australia. King was rooted to his crease there. Maybe he was expecting a short one but Josh Hazlewood goes fractionally full and on middle, King, with minimal foot movement looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal and the finger is raised.

5.1 1

Bangs it short, Mayers pulls it well but there is a deep mid-wicket in place so just the one.

Score after 5 overs : 47/1

Runs Scored

9 Runs

K Mayers

28 (20)

B King

12 (8)

A Zampa

1-0-9-0

4.6 1

Floated and full, on middle and leg. Mayers clips it behind square on the leg side for a single. Another good over for the visitors, 9 runs off it.

4.5 0

Tossed up, around off, driven to mid off.

4.4 1

A single now as this is eased down to long on.

4.3 0

A dot now! This is pushed through quicker, outside off. Brandon King shuffles across and defends it out solidly.

4.2 6

SIX! BANG! Brandon King now gets himself into the act. It is a googly, full and wide of off. Brandon King smokes it over the wide long off fence for a maximum.

4.1 1

Floated and full, on the pads, Mayers flicks it through the leg side for a single.

Score after 4 overs : 38/1

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B King

5 (5)

K Mayers

26 (17)

C Green

1-0-9-0

3.6 0

A length ball, on the pads. King defends it out solidly. A great over for West Indies. 9 runs off it.

3.5 1

Fuller, on middle and leg. Kyle Mayers flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.

3.4 0

Play and a miss! A length ball, close to off pole. Mayers looks to push it away but misses.

3.3 6

SIX! This is huge! A short ball, outside off. Kyle Mayers opens the face and smacks it over the cover fence. It goes off the middle and into the stands.

3.2 0

Fraction short, in the channel. Mayers looks to chase it but misses.

3.2 wd 1

WIDE! And again. It is short, wide outside off. Mayers leaves it alone. Wide called.

3.2 wd 1

WIDE! Back of a length, angled across the left-hander. Kyle Mayers goes back looking to make some room but eventually is unable to get to the ball. The umpire signals it as a wide.

3.1 0

Green spills it full and wide outside off. It could've been a wide but Mayers reaches out and helps it towards point.

Score after 3 overs : 29/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

B King

5 (4)

K Mayers

19 (12)

P Cummins

1-0-5-0

2.6 4

FOUR! A fortunate boundary for King this time. This boundary surely spoils the over. It is a length ball, on off. King stays back and looks to flick it away. The ball takes the outside edge and flies past Matthew Wade behind the sticks. There is no slip in place and hence it runs down to the third man fence.

2.5 0

Two dots on the trot now! A length ball, in the channel. King hangs back and guides it behind point.

2.4 0

A sharp bouncer this time, around off. Brandon King lets it be.

2.3 1

Kyle Mayers tucks it off his pads towards square leg. They cross for one.

2.2 0

Cummins goes full now, around middle. Mayers gets it to the leg side yet again off the inner half.

2.1 0

A length ball, on middle and leg. Mayers inside-edges it to the man at short fine.

Score after 2 overs : 24/1

Runs Scored

10 Runs

K Mayers

18 (9)

B King

1 (1)

J Hazlewood

1-0-10-1

1.6 1

DROPPED! Kyle Mayers has the lady luck on his side. A short ball, on the bodyline. Mayers is left with no room. He swivels on the back foot and pulls it to deep square leg. Mitchell Starc in the deep moves in front, dives forward but is unable to gather the ball. The batters take one.

1.5 4

FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Mayers now. It is a good-length ball, around off, on top of the stump. Kyle Mayers opens his front leg up and hammers it through mid-wicket for four more.

1.4 4

FOUR! Incredible shot. Fraction short, outside off. Mayers shuffles and pulls it through square leg for a boundary.

1.3 0

Play and a miss! A length ball, outside off, shaping away. Mayers looks to steer it late but misses.

1.2 1

Touch fuller, on off. King pushes it gently towards covers and they take a single.

Brandon King is the new man in.
1.1 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Josh Hazlewood comes into the attack and strikes instantly. Johnson Charles walks back to the dugout for just three runs. Josh Hazlewood serves it on a length, outside off. It nips in a touch off the deck. Johnson Charles looks to ride the bounce and tries to heave it across the line. He misses it completely. The ball goes through to rattle the stumps.

Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end.

Score after 1 overs : 14/0

Runs Scored

14 Runs

K Mayers

9 (5)

J Charles

3 (1)

M Starc

1-0-14-0

0.6 0

Starc now serves a yorker-length delivery, around off, Mayers blocks it back to the bowler watchfully. A great start for West Indies, 14 runs off it.

0.5 4

FOUR! Boundaries are coming in thick and fast for West Indies now. It is half-volley, outside off. Kyle Mayers extends his arms and creams it through the gap at covers for four.

0.5 wd 1

WIDE! Starc now spills it down leg. Kyle Mayers misses his flick. Wide called.

0.4 3

Great shot! It is full, angled across the right-hander, too much width on offer. Johnson Charles stays back and cruches it through covers. David Warner gives it a chase and keeps it down to three.

0.4 wd 1

WIDE! Mitchell Starc now dishes it wide of off, moving away the tramline as well. Charles leaves it alone. Wided.

0.3 1

Mitchell Starc goes full and attacks the pads this time. Mayers hangs back and flicks it through square leg for a single.

0.2 4

FOUR! A bit fortunate this time. Kyle Mayers and West Indies are off the mark. Fuller in length, wide outside off. Kyle Mayers throws his blade at it. The ball takes the outside edge and goes past the slip cordon. Into the third man fence.

0.1 0

Full length, attacking the stumps straightaway. Kyle Mayers hangs back and defends it to the leg side.

The match is set to begin. Australia players make their way out on the middle. Followed by Kyle Mayers and Johnson Charles who walk out to open for West Indies. Mitchell Starc to start with the new ball. Here we go...
West Indies (Playing XI) - Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles (WK), Nicholas Pooran (C), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell.
Australia (Playing XI) - David Warner, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Finch (C), Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Matthew Wade (WK), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood.
TOSS - Australia have won the toss and elected to FIELD.
West Indies haven't been clinical enough in their recent runs in T20Is. They lost their two previous T20I series against India and New Zealand. Although, they would hope their players are in good shape and in the right mindset post the CPL 2022. Also, a huge blow for West Indies as Hetmyer was omitted from the travelling squad after he missed his flight for Australia. This will certainly affect his preparations for the World Cup. A series where both the teams would be looking to gather the momentum as they head closer to the main event. It promises to be a cracker. Stay tuned for toss and team updates.

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