Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa Hurt West Indies Batting Hard to Let Aussies Win by 6 Wickets

June 06 16:08 2016

auswiNew Delhi, Monday, June 6 – Australia and South Africa are in West Indies these days to be a part of Tri-Series, which will come to an end on June 26, 2016. No host wishes to lose in front of the home crowd but situations are never same, especially in cricket where things change all of a sudden thanks to efforts of a team and team players

In the first match, West Indies defeated Proteas by four wickets, getting a desired start. The victory can be termed special in view of the fact that they restricted opponents at a score of 188 regardless of the fact that players like Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir, Jean-Paul Duminy, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Aaron Phangiso, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, S Katwaroo, Quinton de Kock, Kyle Abbott, Tabraiz Shamsi and Kagiso Rabada were in the Playing XI.

It was the failure of middle and lower batting orders that built pressure on the visitors, who can’t let the host be away from the target. 23 extras were bowled by South African bowling lineup that certainly made them focus on delivering the ball in line and length. The home side was eyeing a win in a match played yesterday at Providence Stadium in Guyana once again. However, Aussies were keen to give their best too, pouring input that was required to start their stint in the contest with a lead. West Indies squad included Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder – the captain, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine and Sulieman Benn.  Those on bench were Jonathan Carter, Shannon Gabriel and Ashley Nurse.

Australia  Playing XI, on the other hand, had Usman Khawaja, David Warner, skipper Steven Smith, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon. Those in extras were Travis Head, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner and George Bailey. If scoring pattern at the venue is to be kept in mind then average 1st inning score is 222 and average 2nd inning score is 186. Highest total of 303 for the loss of five wickets in 50 overs was set by SL in opposition to West Indies, while all out for 98 in 41 overs is the lowest total by West Indies against Pakistan. Highest chased here is 212 by South Africa against Sri Lanka. Lowest defended is 254 by Zimbabwe in opposition to West Indies.

The stadium was full of enthusiastic cricket fans who were keen to catch the entire action while backing favorite side. Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. The decision was right to a certain extent for the reason that Andre Fletcher threw his wicket to Starc at a score of 4, which was due to a boundary. Maxwell was quick in taking the catch that gave Aussies an early breakthrough. The opener Johnson Charles was trying his best to stay on the crease. A six and a four from him made his team get some support. But wickets continued to fell from the other side. Darren Bravo was dismissed by Mitchell Marsh at a score of 19 (4 x 3). Starc showed Charles  a way back to the dressing room when he was playing at an individual score of 22. Marlon Samuels was given legs before wickets when Lyon was brought on attack. 10 runs were his contribution in the team’s total score. Denesh Ramdin, the wicket keeper batsman, was out in the same manner but in Maxwell’s over. He scored 12 runs off 30 balls.

Kieron Pollard was out by Warner in Lyon’s over for a duck. With no addition of runs from a player like Pollard, who has great potential of changing the game of his own thanks to natural play, put WI on the back foot to a certain extent. Carlos Brathwaite struck a six and four but his 21-run knock came in 48 balls. Finch took a catch that dismissed Brathwaite at a stage where his presence could have introduced some difference. Zampa was the man who stunned him with a good delivery. Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, also succumbed to Zampa the moment he opened his account. Sulieman Benn was out at three runs after Lyon responded well to take a wonderful catch soon after delivering the balls. Sunil Narine was stumped by Wade at 5 runs. His innings comprised a four. Jerome Taylor was not out at 5 runs (4 x 1).

14 extras were bowled by Australia that helped West Indies total 116 runs in 32.3 overs. Ten wickets were lost in a short span of time that helped tourists have an edge in the contest. In the mandatory powerplay, 48 runs were scored by the team batting first. Zampa and Lyon earned three wickets each, while Starc got two. Marsh and Maxwell dismissed one batsman apiece. When it came to chasing the small target, Aussies were quite good as compared to the host. When first wicket fell in the form of Aaron Finch, 44 runs were already on the board. Holder dismissed the Australian opener, who failed to read a ball and was given lbw. 19 runs were pocketed in 30 balls but four 4s were hit by Finch. Usman Khawaja was next to depart, however, did his bit by playing a knock of 27 runs in 38 balls. Five boundaries from him never let the West Indies bowler to settle. Benn brought his short but impressive stint to an end.

Nonetheless, Aussies were on the front foot as David Warner was playing cleverly. He was not out at 55 runs scored in 55 balls. Despite the fact that three 4s and a biggie from him were hit in style but the opener focused more on taking singles and converting ones into twos on some occasions. Steven Smith could not stay long on the 22 yards pitch and threw his wicket at a score of six, which consisted of a four as well.  Glenn Maxwell was out for a naught. Mitchell Marsh was not out at 9 runs when Australia scored 117 runs in just 25.4 overs.  Wade, Starc, Zampa, Hazlewood and Lyon did not need to bat at Marsh and Warner helped Australia start their journey in the ongoing tournament with a win. Nathan Lyon was given Man of the Match award for hurting West Indies batting. The third match of the Tri Series will be played on Tuesday between Australia and South Africa. A good contest is likely since Proteas are eager for a victory.

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