David Warner scored 70 off 36 balls in his 100th Twenty20 international and Adam Zampa took three wickets as Australia beat West Indies by 11 runs in the three-match series opener on Friday. The hosts fell to 213-7 after being sent in to bat on a windy and cool Hobart evening. The visitors fought hard but could only score 202–8, with Zampa taking 3-26. Warner, who became the third man after New Zealand's Ross Taylor and India's Virat Kohli to play 100 international matches in each format, hit 12 fours and a six in his explosive innings to propel Australia's innings.
“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 chased the target by scoring 16 runs off Jason Behrendorff's opening over and scored 72 runs without loss in the six-over powerplay, just five runs less than Australia.
But when Johnson Charles fell to Zampa on 42 and Brandon King fell to Marcus Stoinis on 53 in the score of 89, the wheels started coming off.
Stoinis dismissed Shai Hope (16) and Glenn Maxwell dismissed Rovman Powell (14).
This left West Indies needing 72 runs from the last five overs, but when Zampa took two more wickets in four balls it weakened their grip and victory was out of reach.
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 hit five fours in his first 10 balls, including four off Jason Holder's opening over.
The 37-year-old scored his 25th T20 half-century off just 22 balls and sent a clear message to the selectors that he plans to be in the World Cup race later this year.
Ultimately he was caught by Nicholas Pooran behind the stumps on a slow ball from Alzarri Joseph.
With Travis Head and Steve Smith rested, Josh Inglis opened with Warner and was equally aggressive, scoring 39 off 25 balls until being removed by Holder, giving a simple catch to Powell at mid-off.
Mitchell Marsh was dealing with Covid in the lead-up, but he helped Australia reach the score of 110-1 by hitting a big six off Andre Russell, but was caught by Joseph on 16.
The run pace slowed down with Warner's dismissal before Tim David played an explosive inning of 37 not out off 17 balls.
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