David Warner, Adam Zampa star as Australia beat West Indies by 11 runs in first T20I |

Feb 9, 2024

New Delhi: david warner In his 100th Twenty20 International, he displayed his batting prowess by scoring 70 off 36 balls and played a key role in Australia's 11-run win against West Indies in the three-match series opener in Hobart on Friday.
Australia posted an impressive score of 213-7 after being sent in to bat on a cool and windy evening. Warner, who joined the exclusive club of players who have played 100 international matches in every format. Ross Taylor And Virat Kohli, led off with an explosive innings. His innings included 12 fours and one six, which provided a strong base to the Australian innings.
In reply, West Indies fought bravely, but lost and could only score 202-8 runs in their allotted overs. adam zampa Played an important role in Australia's bowling attack by taking three wickets for 26 runs.
Overall, Warner's milestone innings and Zampa's effective bowling performance contributed to Australia's victory in the opening match of the series, setting the stage for a thrilling contest in the remaining matches.
“It's nice to get a win on the board. I feel fresh and have a lot of energy,” Warner said.
“I said I want to play the Twenty20 World Cup and finish there and I'm excited and it's a good journey that we'll have over the next six months.”
West Indies made an explosive start to their chase, scoring 16 runs in the opening over bowled by Jason Behrendorff, setting the tone for Australia's aggressive chase. The opening pair scored a brilliant 72 runs without losing any wicket in the six-over powerplay, leaving Australia behind by a narrow margin in the first six overs.
However, the momentum changed when Johnson Charles was dismissed by Adam Zampa for 42, followed by Brandon King for 53 off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis after a strong 89-run partnership. Subsequent wickets further weakened West Indies' target, with Stoinis dismissing Shai Hope (16) and Glenn Maxwell dismissing Rovman Powell (14).
Due to the fall of important wickets, West Indies needed 72 runs from the last five overs. Despite a valiant effort, Zampa's crucial early wickets proved decisive, making the required run rate impossible. In the end, West Indies failed to secure a win, as Australia emerged victorious in the opening encounter of their three-match series.
West Indies captain Powell said, “We struggled to build partnerships, but it was a good game of cricket.” “We just have to support ourselves a little more.”
Warner made a spectacular impact, hitting five fours off his first 10 balls, four of which came in Holder's opening over. The 37-year-old left-hander continued his aggressive approach and brought up his 25th T20 half-century off just 22 balls, sending a clear message to the selectors about his intention to be a part of the World Cup later in the year.
Warner's innings ended when he gloved a slower ball from Alzarri Joseph, resulting in a catch by Nicholas Pooran behind the stumps. with travis head and Steve Smith was rested, Josh Inglis joined Warner as an opener and displayed similar aggression, scoring a rapid 39 off 25 balls before being removed by Holder, hitting a single to Rovman Powell at mid-off. Gave an easy catch.
Despite dealing with Covid under Mitchell Marsh, he showed little ill effect, contributing to Australia's strong performance by hitting a huge six off Andre Russell.
However, he was eventually caught out by Joseph after scoring 16 runs. After Warner's departure, the run pace slowed down for some time. tim david He took charge in the latter half of the innings, playing an explosive and unbeaten inning of 37 runs off 17 balls, adding valuable runs to Australia's total.
(with AFP inputs)

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