Australia in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2021
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date & Time: 22 July 2021
RR: 5.03 | West Indies beat Australia by 4 wickets
That's a wrap to the second ODI. The West Indian spinners opened up some old scars of Australia and reminded them about their perennial issue. This win has handed them 10 crucial CWC points and now the hosts will be gunning for another 10 points along with the series win on Monday, 26th July 2021. The first ball will be at 2.30 pm local (6.30 pm GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!
Kieron Pollard, the victorious West Indian skipper, says it's pleasing to win but he thinks they have some work to do. Mentions that after having Australia 6 down for 45, they didn't put their foot on the accelerator. States that his batting unit didn't make it easy as well and further says that it seems that they don't like to do things the easy way. Calls the performance of his spinners fantastic. He is satisfied with the way his bowlers started the game but again repeats that to let Australia reach 187 was a bit disappointing. Terms Australia's bowling as world-class. Praises Pooran and Holder for their partnership and feels that the former is looking like his old self again. On the role of Jason Mohammed in the team, Pollard replies that it's a catch-22 situation with him as he is playing a role where if you lose a couple of wickets, you want him to bat long. Also adds that Mohammed gives them that sixth bowling option. Signs off by saying that they would look to come up with their best combination in the last match and wants his team to keep improving in all three facets of the game.
Alex Carey, the captain of Australia, says it was an interesting game of cricket and it doesn’t help when you are 5 down for not a lot of runs. Still, Carey is proud that the bowlers got them to a respectable total. Tells that they took some early wickets again and created opportunities. Mentions that unfortunately they could not close the game and he feels that they were probably 20-30 runs short. Feels that spin is going to be a threat on these type of wickets. The Aussie skipper is impressed with the way Wade and Starc put up a fight with the bat. Further says that with the new ball it might spin and bounce a bit more so they need to survive the initial period against the spinners. Lauds all his bowlers and is pumped up for the last match but at the same time, he is looking for improvement in their batting.
Nicholas Pooran is chosen for the Man of the Match award! He starts by saying that he wants to dedicate this to his wife as this is his first half-century since he got married. Tells us that for him it was just about building a partnership and putting up a fight with Jason Holder. Mentions that he backed his strengths and was looking to find the gaps. On his success, Pooran credits that to his hard work and shares that he has been trying a lot of things in the nets. Praises all the bowlers for their good work and is honest to admit that they allowed Australia to get too many runs. Feels that the body language in the field dropped due to that.
Earlier in the match, Australia were in all sorts of trouble as they were reduced to 45 for 6 inside 13 overs. It was a steady procession for them but the lower order combined and propped up the total to 187. Wes Agar played a vital knock and his record stand with Adam Zampa appeared enough once Australia also dismissed West Indies' top 5 wickets for 72 runs. But as mentioned earlier, the record 6th wicket stand at this venue for the hosts brought the series back on level terms. A word of praise for Akeal Hosein also who created big impact in his first spell.
It was all about fighting! Adam Zampa's double blow had the West Indies reeling at 72/5 and Australia appeared to be running away with the show. However, Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder got together to stitch in a stand. The Aussies created opportunities but the dropped catch of Pooran when he was on 26 and the runs needed were 65 probably cost them the match. In a small chase, all you need is one big partnership and the 93-run stand between Pooran and Holder saw the hosts through.
A hard-fought win for West Indies! They had to sweat for every run as Australia turned up with full force in the defense of 187 runs. Mitchell Starc was bowling with a lot of fire and venom at the start and he got the better of Evin Lewis and Darren Bravo in one over. The partnership that followed between Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed could be pretty underrated but to keep the danger of Mitchell Starc at bay and form a 36-run stand at that time was no mean task. Shai slowly started to get into his groove, hitting a hat-trick of boundaries against Riley Meredith but then lost his concentration and got bowled after charging the spinner.
Alzarri Joseph arrives in the middle. 23 needed off 93 balls with 4 wickets remaining. Is there some life left?
Jason Holder has been given out lbw. Once again he is quick to take the DRS. No bat is involved on this occasion. Ball Tracker shows that it's clipping the stumps. The onfield decision stays.
A direct hit at the bowler's end. Is Nicholas Pooran gone? No, easily in.
Bowling change. Ashton Turner is back into the attack to bowl his off-spin.
Mitchell Starc is back on. 2/17 in his 6 overs so far.
Huge shout for an lbw and the finger has gone up. Jason Holder is quick to take the review. Is there some bat? Yup. A big inside edge.
Drinks break! The current stand has bailed out West Indies from troubled waters as Pooran and Holder are doing a great job. Australia had an opportunity to break this nagging partnership but Moises Henriques put down a straightforward catch. 51 needed for a win and it's safe to assume that this is West Indies' game to lose now.
The physio of West Indies comes out now. He will perform the mandatory concussion test on Jason Holder.
Ben McDermott seems to have hurt himself. He collided with the advertising boards and is holding his right ankle. The physio has made his appearance. A few concerned Aussie faces around. Ben is going off the field, the good thing is that he is walking without much discomfort.
Riley Meredith is back for another burst. 0/23 in his 3 overs so far on debut.
Bowling change. Adam Zampa is brought back in. So far he has 2/22 in 6 overs.
Bowling change. Mitchell Marsh into the attack for the first time today.
Bowling change. Wes Agar comes back into the attack.
Wes Agar is back on.
Mitchell Starc returns for his second spell. 4-1-11-2 are his exceptional figures so far.
Who will come in at number 7? It's going to be Jason Holder.
DRINKS BREAK! Australia are right on top at the moment. Shai Hope, the set batsman, has just been dismissed and West Indies will have to put together one good partnership to get back into the game. The skipper, Kieron Pollard is the next man in.
Bowling change. Ashton Turner comes in to roll his arms.
Powerplay 2 time. A maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the ring till the 40th over, if this match lasts till then.
Nicholas Pooran is the new batsman. His form across formats has not been up to the mark of late. Can he steady West Indies? 141 needed off 249 balls. A leg slip in place. Wade is heard saying to Zampa - 'Let him sweep straight up!'
Bowling change from this end too. Adam Zampa to bowl his leggies. Can he find a better length than the last match?
As expected, there is a bowling change. The speed merchant from Hobart, Riley Meredith, is unleashed into the attack. He is on his ODI debut.
Who will come in to bat next? Jason Mohammed walks in.
Who will come in at number 3? It's going to be Darren Bravo.
Wes Agar to bowl from the other end. He is yet to pick his first ODI wicket.
Review for a caught behind. The umpire raises his finger to the appeal from Starc but Evin Lewis reviews it straightaway. We can see on the replay that the ball flicked off the pads and missed the outside edge, so, a good review from Lewis.