West Indies beat Australia by 27 runs in the only T20I to win first match of tour
Kieron Pollard (left) starred with the ball picking up three crucial wickets for 30 runs in his four overs © Getty Images
Brisbane: Feb 13, 2013
West Indies registered their first win of the tour as they beat Australia by 27 runs in the only T20 International at Brisbane on Wednesday.
Chasing 192 to win, Australia lost opener Aaron Finch early after he inside edged Darren Sammy’s delivery outside off-stump to get bowled on four.
Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges resurrected the Australian innings putting on 74 runs at a good pace for the second wicket. Voges departed soon after scoring a half-century after Devon Thomas’s direct throw found the batsman out of the crease. Voges hit two boundaries and two sixes to help Australia keep up with the required run-rate.
Within the space of 17 runs, the hosts lost three wickets to be reduced to 96 for four.
Thereon, the target became stiff for the tail to chase, who succumbed under pressure. Although Brad Haddin scored a 11-ball 22 and Coulter-Nile provide some late flourish. However, it wasn’t enough for the hosts to challenge the total put by by the West Indies.
Kieron Pollard proved handy with ball as he picked up three wickets for only 30 uns in his four overs.
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine bowled an economical spell giving away just 19 runs and picking up two wickets in his four overs.
Earlier, West Indies opener Jonathan Charles slammed a 35-ball 57 to take West Indies to 191 for six in their 20 overs.
West Indies got off to a poor start after winning the toss and electing to bat first as they lost opener Chris Gayle in the second over of the day after he mistimed a pull-shot of Josh Hazlewood.
Charles added 88 runs off 57 deliveries for the second wicket with left-hander Darren Bravo to put West Indies in command. However, both of them fell in quick succession to get Australia back into the game.
Coulter-Nile dismissed Charles after an entertaining 57, a knock that included seven boundaries and one six. Bravo soon followed Charles in the dressing room as he was involved in a mix-up with new batsman Kieron Pollard and was left stranded in the middle of the pitch.
Big-hitter Pollard and Dwayne Bravo continued from where the earlier pair left. Pollard smashed a 17-ball 26, including two sixes and added a quickfire 33 with Bravo for the fourth wicket.
Skipper Darren Sammy provided the late flourish as he scored a seven-ball 20 to accelerate West Indian innings towards the end.
For Australia, young James Faulkner starred with the ball picking up three wickets for 28 runs.
Brief Scores: West Indies 191 for 6 in 20 overs (Jonathan Charles 57, Kieron Pollard 26; James Faulkner 3 for 28) beat Australia 164 for 8 in 20 overs (Adam Voges 51, Brad Haddin 22; Kieron Pollard 3 for 30) by 27 runs
Man of the Match: Kieron Pollard