Match Report – WI vs AUS Warm-up, May 30, 2024


West Indies 257 for 4 (Pooran 75, Powell 52, Zampa 2-62) beaten Australia 222 for 7 (Inglis 55, Ellis 39, Motie 2-31) by 35 runs

Burning half centuries since Nicolas Pooran And Rovman Powell helped West Indies make a statement ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup by beating an under-equipped Australia in their final warm-up match in Trinidad.

Australia again fielded a team of just nine players and coaches for the sub-champions, as they did two days ago against Namibia. Pooran and Powell smashed 12 sixes between them, with the left-hander hitting 75 off just 25 balls while the skipper hit 52 off 25 as West Indies made 257 for 4 from their 20 overs. Sherfane Rutherford also hit 47 not out off just 18 balls to end the innings.

Versatile Marcus Stoinis arrived in Trinidad on Wednesday, meaning Australia had 10 players in camp, but his kit had been delayed in Miami so he did not feature. Chairman of selectors George Bailey alongside assistant coaches Brad Hodge and Andre Borovec were again fielded at different stages, with Borovec dropping Pooran.

After being sent into bat, Pooran headed into the territory at 38 for 1 in just the third over following a quick start from Shai Hope and Johnson Charles. The left-hander bowled the first three legal deliveries he faced for six and never took his foot off the accelerator. He particularly enjoyed Australia's leading spinners, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa, smashing them for five sixes in six balls in the first two overs off the powerplay after West Indies posted 78 for 1 in the first six.

Pooran reached his half-century in just 16 balls. Borovec dropped a towering skier, but it didn't cost much as Bailey saved one shortly afterward off Zampa.

Powell picked up where Pooran left off. Zampa and Agar conceded 120 runs from their combined eight overs. Extraordinarily, Tim David was Australia's cheapest bowler, taking 1 for 40 from his four part-time overs, having been the most expensive against Namibia.

Nathan Ellis also continued to assert that he was part of Australia's first-choice XI at the World Cup, conceding 42 from his four overs while Josh Hazlewood was hammered for 55. Rutherford faced Zampa late in the innings by clubbing 22 of the legspinner's final over. Ellis limited the damage to just 14 in the final game as Rutherford found the fence three times but couldn't clear it.

Josh Inglis hit a 30-ball 55 in Australia's reply, but they were never in contention with just nine batters available. Australia sprung a surprise by opening the batting with Agar, something he has done twice before in T20I cricket, and he smashed 28 off 13 in the powerplay, including four fours and two sixes off the orthodox spin from the left arm of Akeal Hosein. But Agar ultimately missed Obed McCoy at halfway.

Shamar Joseph gave David Warner a glimpse of what he missed during the recent Australia-West Indies Test series, shaking his stump for 15 despite conceding two fours and a six off the previous three deliveries.

Captain Mitch Marsh fell cheaply while David and Matthew Wade made 25 each as the required run rate spiraled out of control. Gudakesh Movement put pressure on Australia in the middle overs, picking up Inglis and David to finish with 2 for 31.

Ellis added some respectability to Australia's total by scoring 39 from 22 balls in a 51-run seventh-wicket stand with Zampa finishing 21 not out as Australia managed to bowl out their 20 overs.

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