West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss and sent Australia into bat, chasing victory to level the two-match series ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Accordingly, the hosts and defending T20 champions continued their good form. They showed their batting prowess by scoring 178 runs. Opener David Warner took charge for the Australian side with a 41-ball 75. Tim David’s knock of 42 off 20 balls allowed the West Indies to set up a huge target for the hosts.
Alzzari Joseph again bowled brilliantly for West Indies and he took 3 wickets for 21 runs in his 4 overs while McCoy took two wickets and Smith took one wicket each. Yannic Cariah, who controlled the Kangaroos in the first match, came under heavy attack in today’s match and robbed the Australians of 28 runs in the two overs he bowled.
In chasing of a target of 179 runs, the first wicket of the visitors was Kyle Mayers who was removed from the field at 06 runs by the bowler Mitchell Starc taking an incredible catch. However, King, who joined with Charles, managed to add a 50-run partnership for the second wicket.
King was stumped by Wade for 23 and Adam zampa was the bowler who broke the successful partnership. The decline started from there and Starc did not allow leader (2) to stay on the field for long. Charles scored 29, Holder 16, Powell 18, and Hossein scored 25 in the opener but the Australian bowling attack failed to build momentum as they took regular wickets on a bouncy pitch at Brisbane.
Mitchell Starc bowled lethally for the men in yellow as he took four wickets, his first in T20I matches, beating his previous best of 3-11. Needing 36 runs to win in the last over, he produced a dominant performance conceding just 3 runs in the last over.
The Australians won the opening match at Gold Coast on Wednesday by 3 wickets and won the second match by 31 runs to clinch the series 2-0. Man of the match and tournament is David Warner.
Nicholas Pooran, captain of West Indies says, that the Aussies were the better team and deserved to win and congratulates them. Adds that they are getting accustomed to the conditions and hopes to do well in the upcoming World Cup.
The skipper of Australia, Aaron Finch says, that it was an incredible win and the difference were David Warner and Tim David. He credits David for his batting performance. Adds that one is always learning and that there will be challenges. Mentions that they are trying to manage the workload of the players for the England series to keep them fresh for the World Cup.
West Indies Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (capt & wk), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Yannic Cariah, Obed McCoy
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa