West Indies and United Arab Emirates are set to play in Match No.1 of the T20 World Cup 2022 warm-ups. The match is scheduled to be played on Monday (October 10) at Junction Oval in Melbourne. Recently West Indies lose another series against Australia.
Asked to chase 179 on a challenging wicket at the Gabba, the Caribbean side found partnerships hard to come by and were held to 147 for eight from their 20 overs, going down by 31 runs.
Opener Johnson Charles top-scored with 29 from 30 balls while Akeal Hosein struck a 19-ball 25 batting at number seven but West Indies never really challenged after finding themselves on 70 for three at the halfway mark.
“Obviously it’s tough lossing. Well played to Australia and congratulations on a series win as well but they played better cricket than us today,” said West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran.
“I think the  was a gettable total. I think the bowlers did an extremely good job, especially pulling it back in the end there and giving us that momentum going into our innings.
“But the batsmen failed us today in the middle overs there after getting a good start. We obviously faltered and we paid the price in the end.”
Earlier, West Indies started well when the outstanding Alzarri Joseph (3-21) claimed the first of his three wickets by removing Cameron Green for one in the second over with 10 runs on the board.
However, Warner took control of the innings for the hosts, belting 10 fours and three sixes while adding 85 for the second wicket with captain Aaron Finch (15).
In reply, Kyle Mayers drove a low return catch to Starc in the first over to depart for six but Charles combined with Brandon King (23) to stabilize the innings in a 50-run second-wicket partnership.
Charles hit two fours and a six while King notched three fours and a six but neither really found their rhythm and were eventually part of a slide that saw West Indies lose four wickets for 36 runs and the pressure told on the run chase which inevitably flopped.
West Indies today started their preparations for two official warm-up matches against UAE and Netherlands.
“An important week coming up for us. As a group we are trying to understand how we want to play cricket here in Australia and get accustomed to the conditions here, and I think as a group we are doing well in terms of putting our ego aside and trying to work towards our team plan and we will be ready for the World Cup Qualifiers,” Pooran said after the defeat against Australia.