After breaking to shambles in the first T20I, the Aussies have surrendered to the mighty windies yet again. The second-string Aussie side chose to have a bowl against West Indies as their captain and opener Aaron Finch chose to field.
Courtesy to some good bowling by Hazlewood and Agar, windies were soon reduced to 59/3 by the 8th over. But the rest of the match turned to be ominous for finch and his men. Shimon Hetmyer smoked a brilliant 61 off 36 which earned him the man of the match award. All-rounder DJ bravo also chipped in with a destructive and unbeaten 47 runs knock. All Aussie bowlers were taken to cleaners as the Caribbeans ended up posting 196 on the board.
Fidel Edward’s screamer outsmarts Aaron Finch
Chasing a mammoth target of 197, Matty Wade tried to go berserk failed miserably. He succumbed to left armer Cottrell on the inning’s 2nd delivery. The only hope thereon was the sole senior batter- Aaron Finch. Finch was supposed to play a captain’s knock in the absence of partner-in-crime David Warner and ever-dependable Steven Smith; who’s nursing an elbow injury.
Rather, the captain chose to be reckless. He was lining up for a big hit when Fidel Edwards, windies’ 39y/o veteran slipped in a slow full-toss; a delivery he has made his own. Finchy expected Fidel’s trademark pace and was hence foxed while trying to drag it to the on the side. He was beaten comprehensively as Fidel’s pure brilliance resulted in the ball first thudding onto his pad before shattering the stumps.
As it happened:
Sadly, Fidel Edwards had to walk off before completing his 2nd over. Aussies’ recovery was led by Mitchell Marsh’s sensible knock of 51 runs and they managed to claw their way to 101 in 14th over. What followed was a complete re-telecast of the first t20i. The Aussies lost the last 7 wickets for just 39 runs as no other batter put up a fight. Hayden Walsh Jr. chipped in with a triple strike as the Windies thumped the Aussies by a huge margin of 56 runs.