Australia defeated West Indies by eight wickets in a Group I match of the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup on Saturday, thanks to the fearless batting of openers David Warner and Mitchell Marsh and a brilliant 124-run partnership for the second wicket between the two. defeated by Man of the match Warner scored an unbeaten 89 off 56 balls with the help of nine fours and four sixes while Marsh scored 53 runs in 32 balls. He hit five fours and two sixes. Captain Kieron Pollard’s 44 runs (31 balls) were followed by Andre Russell’s unbeaten 18 off seven balls, West Indies posted 157 for seven. Australia easily chased down the target for the loss of two wickets with 22 balls to spare.
Pollard hit four fours and a six in his innings. Russell hit a six in the last two balls, while Evin Lewis contributed 29 runs in 26 balls for the team. Shimron Hetmyer scored 27 runs in 28 balls. Josh Hazlewood took four wickets for 39 runs in four overs for Australia. Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins took a wicket each. In this, Zampa was very economical, who spent only 20 runs in four overs. With this defeat, West Indies were out of the race to automatically qualify for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The top eight teams in the International Ranking will qualify directly for the World Cup. West Indies have slipped to the ninth position. Chasing 158 runs for victory, Warner and captain Aaron Finch (nine runs) gave Australia a quick start. Warner made his intentions clear in the third over against Jason Holder by hitting two fours and a six in three consecutive balls.
In the next over, Akil Hossain (1 for 29 runs in four overs) gave the first breakthrough to West Indies by bowling Finch. However, this did not affect Warner and he hit a six and a four in the next over of Hussain, which took Australia to 53 for one in the power play. Marsh, who came to bat at number three, supported Warner well. Warner completed his second half-century of this World Cup in 29 balls with two runs after hitting a six against Walsh in the ninth over. Marsh hit a six against Russell in the 10th over and then two fours in a row, taking the team’s score to 98 for one wicket. In the 14th over, Marsh completed his century partnership with Warner in the 14th over against Holder for two consecutive fours and then a run in 28 balls to complete his half-century. In the next over, Warner took the team very close to the target by hitting a four and then a six against Bravo.
Pollard handed the ball to Chris Gayle in the 16th over. Wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran missed to stump Warner on his delivery but Gayle got Marsh out to give the team the second breakthrough. Warner hit the chase ball for a four that gave the team victory. Earlier, Gayle and Evin Lewis got the West Indies off to bat after losing the toss. Lewis welcomed Josh Hazlewood for three consecutive fours in the second over, while Gayle hit a six off the fifth ball of the over. Pat Cummins, who came to bowl in the third over, was welcomed by Gayle for a six but the next ball hit the wicket taking the edge of his bat. He scored 15 runs in nine balls with the help of two sixes. After being dismissed, Gayle greeted the audience with his bat and returned to the pavilion with a smile, indicating that this was his last international match. Hazlewood, who conceded 20 runs in his opening over, dealt a double blow to West Indies by dismissing Pooran (four runs) and Chase (nil) in the fourth over of the innings.
Lewis hit a four against Glenn Maxwell in the sixth over, taking the team’s score to 50 for three in the powerplay. Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer batted cautiously but trying to increase the dwindling run-rate, Lewis was dismissed. Adam Zampa broke his 35-run partnership with Hetmyer in the 10th over as he was caught by Steve Smith and walked. Hetmyer was then caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade in the 13th over off Hazlewood’s bouncing ball. Dwayne Bravo reaches the crease to support Pollard. The player, playing his last international match, opened his hand in the 16th over after hitting a six against Starc in the 16th over.
In the next over, Pollard hit a six and then a four off Cummins’s balls but Hazlewood got the fourth success in the 18th over by showing Bravo the way to the pavilion. Bravo raised the bat and greeted the audience after being dismissed for 10 runs in 12 balls. Starc walks Pollard off the second ball of the 20th over. However, Russell took the team’s score to 157 runs by hitting a six in the last two balls.