After a thrilling win in the first game in Sydney, Australia hosted West Indies in the second T20I match of the three-match series. The game between the two teams took place at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first in the second T20I against West Indies. They didn’t have a great start to their innings as they lost Josh Inglis in the second over of the game. The keeper-batter perished for 4 runs off 6 balls.
David Warner (22) and Mitchell Marsh (29) then took the attack to the West Indies bowlers and made sure they brought Australia back into the game. The duo smashed bowlers all over the park and together added 43 runs for the second wicket.
But after that West Indies made a slight comeback and left Australia tumbling at 64/3. However, after that, it was Glenn Maxwell’s show. The batter wreaked havoc across the opposition’s bowling lineup and made them look clueless with his brutal power hitting.
Marcus Stoinis (16) and Tim David (31*) played handy knocks as well. But the real hero was Glenn Maxwell. The all-rounder slammed a sensational century, his 5th in T20I, and helped Australia post a gigantic total on the board, which at one stage didn’t look possible.
Glenn Maxwell ended with the knock of an unbeaten 120 runs off 55 balls. The batter had a strike rate of over 218 and also hit 12 fours and 8 sixes in his innings. His innings helped Australia post a total of 241 runs in their 20 overs.
For West Indies, Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers with his figures of 2/42. Apart from him, Alzarri Joesph and Romario Shepherd also picked one wicket each.
AUS vs WI Scorecard, 2nd T20I Highlights: Australia’s Marcus Stoinis outshines West Indies with the ball to seal the series 2-0
West Indies weren’t off to a good start with the bat. Brandon King (5) perished early. Johnson Charles (24) and Nichols Pooran (18) then hit some lusty blows and added 31 runs in 16 balls. However, they couldn’t continue the start they got and perished at crucial junctures of the game.
Australian bowlers then chipped in with quick wickets and put West Indies under immense pressure. The visitors were reduced to 63/5. It was then that Andre Russell did the carnage and brought his team back into the game with his brutal power-hitting.
Andre Russell slammed 37 runs in just 16 balls and helped West Indies go past 100 runs with ease. But Marcus Stoinis got the better of him as he perished in the 11th over of the innings. Skipper Rovman Powell then led from the front and kept his team in the hunt.
He blasted a magnificent half-century and kept the hopes of fans alive. He ended with an inning of 63 runs. But Adam Zampa brought his team back into the game by removing the West Indies skipper. Jason Holder also played a vital role in the end but fell short of partners at the other. He scored 28* runs as West Indies fell short of 34 runs.
For Australia, Marcus Stoinis picked three wickets whereas Spencer Johnson and Josh Hazelwood bagged two scalps. Jason Behrendorff and Adam Zampa also contributed.
Australia: 241-4 (Glenn Maxwell 120*; Jason Holder 2/42)
West Indies: 207-9 (Rovman Powell 63; Marcus Stoinis 3/36)
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