David Warner thumped a half-century in his 100th T20I before leg-spinner Adam Zampa returned three wickets as Australia managed to thwart an intimidating chase from a full-strength West Indies in the series-opener at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Inserted, Australia posted an equal-record T20I score in Hobart with Warner mauling 70 off 36 deliveries and Tim David hitting a 17-ball 37.
Needing 214 to win, the West Indies got off to the ideal start. Brandon King and Johnson Charles were smoking it to all parts of the ground till Adam Zampa broke their 89-run opening stand in the 9th over. King attained his fifty but couldn’t carry on much longer either. Plenty of middle-order batters got off to starts but couldn’t convert and that’s what, in all likelihood, cost the West Indies.
West Indies put up a good effort but they ended up 11 runs short of the finish line. It was a day packed with runs as over 400 of them were scored across both innings.
Big player v big player.
Adam Zampa comes up trumps against Andre Russell.
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