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David Warner Zampa Star as Australia Prevail In High-Scoring Encounter

Warner, Zampa Star

David Warner Brilliant

David Warner brilliant 36-ball 70 in his 100th T20I and Adam Zampa’s 3 for 26 helped Australia beat the West Indies in a high-scoring contest at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Friday (December 9). Defeated by 11 Runs. Chasing 214 runs for victory, the visiting team was restricted to 202 runs for 8 wickets.

David Warner

Coming into bat, Warner was soon cut loose. After finding a boundary in the opening over against Akil Hussain, drilling a half-volley through the covers, he hit Jason Holder for four boundaries in the next over. He followed that attack against Hossain again in the next over, hitting another boundary through extra cover before hitting the spinner for a six. Within the first 16 balls, Australia had scored 38 runs, including 33 from Warner.

The spinner could have dismissed the southpaw but dropped him after two balls when a hard hit came back to him. Australia raced to 77 in the powerplay, with both openers – Warner and Josh Inglis – settled in the middle.

 

Warner, Zampa Star

West Indies Hit Back

Soon after the field restrictions were lifted, both Warner and Inglis gave the West Indies opportunities, but both were turned down. However, Holder eventually made a mistake in the air with Inglis holding Powell without trouble. A few overs later, Mitchell Marsh, trying to handle a short ball from Alzari Joseph, took the edge to the keeper, and two balls later, Warner tried to glove Nicholas Pooran – who got him down at first. had done

Andre Russell returned to take three wickets, with Romario Shepherd adding to his tally, as Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis went unbeaten. But Tim David’s late strike ensured that Australia easily crossed the 200-run mark. The big hitter hit two fours and two sixes in an unbeaten innings of 37 runs off 17 balls.

West Indies Made a Strong Start in the Chase

With little option but to break free early, Johnson Charles and Brandon King went on the offensive from the very first over of the chase. Both hit three fours and scored 16 runs off Jason Behrendorff’s opening over. They kept the attack going through the powerplay and scored 72 runs in that phase.

They eventually put on 89 runs for the opening wicket before Zampa imposed himself on the contest.

The Zampa Effect and Warner Brilliant

Legge, who conceded nine runs in his first over, came back to swing the contest in Australia’s favor. He ended a dangerous first-wicket stand by blundering Johnson Charles to deep point fielder in the second over.

It paved the way for the collapse of the West Indies. Two overs later, Stoins pulled King to the fielder at deep midwicket, and in the next, Maxwell ended Rowman Powell’s quick but brief stay. With a tall batting order, West Indies can afford to attack at all times. Like Powell, even Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope tried to hit big shots — but not with the same impact.

Zampa ended his spell by dismissing Andre Russell and Puran in his final over, cleaning up the former and catching the latter at deep midwicket.

Holder Chased The West Indies Target

Batting at No. 9, Holder needed 56 off 22 balls with the West Indies. It was a tough task but the big all-rounder stormed to Behrendorff in the 18th over and with 27 needed in the final over, he smacked Shaun Abbott over the deep mid-wicket boundary. However, his 15-ball 34* went in vain as Abbott managed to nail his yorkers well and helped his team to victory.

David Warner Brilliant

Brief scores: Australia 213/7 in 20 overs (David Warner 70, Josh Inglis 39; Andre Russell 3-42, Alzarri Joseph 2-46) beat West Indies 202/8 in 20 overs (Brendon King 53, Johnson Charles 42; Adam Zampa 3-26, Marcus Stoins 2-20) by 11 runs.

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