David Warner was the leading scorer in his 100th T20 match as Australia defeated West Indies.
David Warner, an experienced opener, led Australia to a victory of 11 runs in their first match against the West Indies, marking his 100th T20 international appearance.
On Friday night at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena, the top scorer was a 37-year-old who scored 70 runs in 36 deliveries. The hosts were able to successfully defend a target of 213 thanks to the impressive performance of spinner Adam Zampa.
The West Indies, who were recently defeated 3-0 in the ODI series, had a strong beginning thanks to the impressive performances of opening batsmen Brandon King and Johnson Charles. King scored 53 runs off 37 balls while Charles scored 42 runs off 25 balls.
However, Zampa ended their partnership in the ninth over and ultimately recorded impressive figures of 3-26 from four overs in a game where the batsmen were in control.
In the crucial 16th over, he managed to dismiss big hitter Andre Russell with a bowl and also caught the dangerous Nicholas Pooran on the rope.
Marcus Stoinis had a successful evening bowling, taking 2 wickets for 20 runs in three overs.
Jason Holder, the allrounder, scored an unbeaten 34 from 15 balls in the last two overs, helping the West Indies reach a total of 202-8. They needed 40 runs to win.
Australia is scheduled to play against the opponent again this Sunday in Adelaide, as they aim to secure victory in the three-game series.
Warner, who recently participated in the 20-over league in the United Arab Emirates, has now become the first Australian to have played 100 international matches in all formats of the game.
He helped Australia begin strongly with a 93-run collaboration alongside Josh Inglis.
In their debut T20 international match as a team, the duo scored 77 runs during the initial six overs of the game.
Warner ended his batting with 12 boundaries and one six, but was fortunate when wicketkeeper Pooran dropped a challenging catch while diving with one hand at 48 runs.
During the match, Inglis missed an opportunity for a catch in the outfield, but was dismissed shortly after in the eighth over with 39 runs from 25 balls.
Tim David, who had a tough time scoring runs in the BBL this season, had a strong finish with a score of 37 not out from 17 balls.
Warner, who established the pace with four shots for four runs off Holder in the second over, was dismissed in the 13th over after getting hit by a delivery from Alzarri Joseph and being caught by Pooran.
In the 16th over, Australia’s score was 159 runs with 5 wickets lost. They had lost 4 wickets for 30 runs before David and Matthew Wade joined forces for a partnership of 50 runs in just 23 balls.