Obed McCoy and Hayden Walsh combined for seven wickets to trigger a stunning Australian collapse as the West Indies pulled off an 18-run victory in the opening fixture of the five-match T20 International series at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Friday. Seamer McCoy (four for 26) and leg-spinner Walsh (three for 23) turned the match on its head as the tourists, replying to the home side’s complete of 145 for six, missing their final six wickets for 19 runs to be dismissed for 127 off 16 overs. Mitchell Marsh’s 51 off 31 balls with two sixes and five fours perceived to have tilted the match decidedly in his team’s favour until he fell to Walsh at 117 for six in the 13th over.
West Indies were indebted to Andre Russell’s explosive 51 off 28 balls, his first T20I fifty, in reaching a complete of a few respectability.
Opening bowler Josh Hazlewood produced the outstanding figures of three for 12 off four overs and it required Russell’s power-hitting which brought him five sixes and three fours to give the innings late impetus after the home side’s top-order batting struggled after they were put in.
West Indies went into the match without steady captain Kieron Pollard who is nursing a hamstring injury sustained in the last match of the previous T20I series against South Africa, which the Proteas clinched 3-2 with victory in the last match just six days earlier in Grenada.
Fittingly it was once the stand-in skipper, wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran, who effected the match-winning dismissal when Hazlewood was once caught at the back of off McCoy to trigger celebrations a number of the Caribbean players which bore a tip of disbelief as they looked totally out of it with Australia cruising along at 108 for four in only the 11th over of their reply.
“I felt we at all times had a chance whether we could pick up a couple wickets and when it started going for us we were ready to pull it off,” said a delighted McCoy after receiving the “Man of the Match” award.
“I’m in reality enjoying my bowling and I am glad I will just make a contribution to this team,” he added.
While McCoy was once the outstanding bowler for the West Indies in the South Africa series, Walsh was once not selected for any of those five matches but had a right away have an effect on when called into service at the start of this duel with the Australians.
– Triggered the slide –
He triggered the slide by bowling Ben McDermott with a googly in the 11th over and then claimed the all-important wicket of Marsh caught-and-bowled two overs later.
For Australian captain Aaron Finch, who was once the first wicket to fall at the start of the chase when drove left-arm spinner Fabian Allen to extra-cover, the batting performance was once totally unacceptable.
“We’ve got no excuses for what happened in the market tonight,” was once Finch’s curt assessment.
“If truth be told the pitch got better for batting as the match wore on. We just didn’t focus on the job properly and paid the price,” he added.
Australia have the chance to make amends in less than 24 hours with the second one match to be played at the same venue on Saturday.
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