May 26, 2024

In their inaugural Twenty20 international match, Australia defeated the West Indies in Hobart by an innings and eleven runs.

After hitting 70 from 36 balls in his 100th T20 international, David Warner set the stage for Australia’s triumph with an impressive 7-213.

The visitors’ middle order failed to capitalize on the explosive starts from Johnson Charles (42 off 25 balls) and Brandon King (53 runs off 37 balls), as the visitors could only muster an 8-202 in response.
Warner and Josh Inglis opened with 93 runs to get Australia off to a fast start. Warner recently returned from a stint in the UAE’s 20-over competition.

Opening together for the first time in T20 internationals, the pair had Australia 0-77 after the six-over powerplay before Tim David went to town late with an unbeaten 37 from 17 balls.

Warner finished with 12 fours and one six, but had some luck on 48 when wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran grassed a tough opportunity diving one-handed.

Inglis also had a life when Brandon King spilled a half-chance in the outfield, but departed soon after in the eighth over for 39 from 25 balls.

Warner, who set the tone with four boundaries off Jason Holder in the second over, fell in the 13th when he gloved an Alzarri Joseph delivery to Pooran.

Australia were 5-159 in the 16th over after losing 4-30 before David combined with Matthew Wade for a partnership of 50 off 23 balls.

In the final over, Andre Russell (3-42 from four overs) picked up Wade (21 from 14 balls) and Sean Abbott for a first-ball duck.

West Indies, who chose to bowl after winning the toss at Blundstone Arena, are coming off a horrific ODI defeat to Australia, where they were bowled out for 86.

In preparation for the World Cup in June, Australia will play a three-game away series against New Zealand after its three Twenty20 matches against the West Indies.

Russell, Holder, Pooran, and Akeal Hosein, who missed the most recent ODI matches, have returned to the tourists as strong guns.

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