Alex Carey played captaincy innings
Alex Carey was captaining the match in place of the injured Aaron Finch. Josh Phillippe (39) and Ben McDermott (28) got Australia off to a good start. Both added 51 runs for the first wicket. Akil Hossein broke this partnership by bowling Philip. After this, Mitchell Marsh, who batted tremendously in the T20 series, came out and contributed 20 runs. Alzarri Joseph dismissed McDermott and Marsh and pushed Australia on the backfoot. At one time the Kangaroo team was struggling for 114 runs at the loss of four wickets.
Carey scored 67 runs in 87 balls in difficult conditions with the help of five fours and two sixes. He added 104 runs for the fifth wicket with Ashton Turner. Turner scored 49 runs in 45 balls with the help of two fours and as many sixes. The man of the match leg-spinner of the T20 series from West Indies took five wickets for 39 runs. Apart from them, Joseph took two wickets for 40 runs while Akil Hossein took two wickets for 50 runs.
Stark-Hazelwood wreak havoc
Starc dismissed West Indies’ explosive batsman Evin Lewis on the first ball itself. After this, Starc hit Jason Mohammed on the first ball of the third over. He got good support from Hazlewood from the other end. Hazlewood walks Shimron Hetmyer (11) and Darren Bravo (02). The pair of Starc and Hazlewood took three wickets each in the first eight overs to reduce West Indies’ score to six for 27.
Pollard played captaincy innings
Caribbean captain Pollard, who returned in this match, scored 56 runs in 57 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. Starc also took his wicket. Apart from this, Hayden Walsh scored 20 and Alzarri Joseph scored 17. Starc took five for 48 in eight overs while Hazlewood took three wickets in six overs conceding just 11 runs. Adam Zampa and Mitchell Marsh got one wicket each.
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