GROS ISLET, St Lucia (AP) — West Indies stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran gained his first toss of the collection and determined to bat in opposition to Australia within the last Twenty20 match on Friday. Then opener Evin Lewis took over.
Participant-of-the match Lewis scored 79 runs off 34 balls, together with 9 sixes, to place the Caribbean facet nicely on its option to its fourth win within the five-match collection. Regardless of a late collapse, the West Indies scored its highest complete of the collection — 199 for eight.
The West Indies bowlers, backed up by some excellent fielding, restricted Australia to 183-9 to clinch a 16-run win.
Australia was trying robust in reply till they misplaced two wickets for 5 runs, together with a spectacular one-handed diving catch at long-on by Fabian Allen to take away captain Aaron Finch for 34.
Andre Russell and Sheldon Cottrell took three wickets every for the West Indies.
Pooran added 31 to Lewis’ dominant batting show and the West Indies have been at 168-4 once they misplaced 4-25 earlier than tailender Hayden Walsh Jr. hit a six to finish the house facet’s innings. Andrew Tye made his first look of the tour and led the Australian bowlers with 3-37, whereas Adam Zampa and Mitch Marsh added two wickets every.
“If you rating runs in opposition to these groups you’re feeling superb,” Lewis mentioned. “It’s good for us, we have now a whole lot of confidence going into Pakistan however need to preserve enjoying sensible cricket.”
The West Indies open a house collection of 5 T20s in opposition to Pakistan on July 28, adopted by two assessments starting Aug. 13.
“It was a beautiful achievement, not simply myself but additionally the group,” Pooran mentioned of the dominating collection win. “We wished to come back right here and play correct cricket. I can’t single out anybody, there are such a lot of leaders.”
Finch mentioned his bowlers defended nicely within the final 10 overs of the West Indies innings, however “we simply haven’t backed it up with the bat.”
“There’s some guys there with not an enormous quantity of worldwide expertise so it may be robust at occasions,” Finch mentioned, including that the expertise would serve his group nicely regardless of the collection loss.
Australia, which gained the fourth match after dropping the primary three, made 4 adjustments. Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson was additionally named for his first recreation on tour whereas Josh Hazlewood and Josh Philippe returned to the facet. Mitchell Starc was rested and Riley Meredith, Dan Christian and Ashton Turner have been additionally not noted.
The groups will now play three one-day internationals at Bridgetown, Barbados. The primary match is scheduled for Tuesday.
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