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AUS vs WI 1st T20I, Highlights: Unmissable video recap, turning points & more

In an exhilarating clash at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, West Indies and Australia engaged in an enthralling battle in the first T20I. Winning the toss, the Windies, despite the pitch favouring batters, opted to field first, a decision that raised eyebrows. Australia’s opening duo, David Warner and Josh Inglis set the stage alight with a blistering start, capitalising on the pitch’s favourable conditions. 

Inglis, though not at his fluent best, provided the early fireworks alongside Warner, who showcased his prowess in his 100th T20I appearance despite a lukewarm outing in the ILT20 in Dubai. However, the Windies struck back, with Jason Holder dismissing Inglis and Alzarri Joseph claiming Warner after a scintillating 70-run knock from just 36 deliveries. He also became the first Australian to have played 100 matches in all three formats of the game. 

Despite the quick wickets of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell, Tim David’s late surge bolstered Australia’s total, setting a challenging target for the visitors. The pitch retained its batting-friendly nature, leaving the outcome uncertain, especially with the power-hitters in the West Indies lineup awaiting their turn. Australia were riding on their ability to fully capitalise on the new ball and abstain the Windies with an opportunity to chase down the total, setting the stage for an electrifying second innings.

West Indies fall short as middle order collapses

The match which could have been an almost thrilling encounter, West Indies fell short by 11 runs in pursuit of 214 to win against Australia. The Caribbean side made a blazing start with Brandon King and Johnson Charles smashing boundaries, amassing an impressive 89-run opening partnership until Adam Zampa intervened in the ninth over. The Windies couldn’t sustain momentum despite King’s valiant fifty (53 off 37). Their middle-order batters showed promise but failed to capitalise, contributing to their downfall. 

Zampa’s return spell further dented the West Indies’ hopes with crucial breakthroughs. He ended up with figures of 3 for 26. Jason Holder’s late flurry injected excitement, yet Australia’s earlier solid batting proved decisive. The match witnessed a run-fest, with both teams collectively scoring over 400 runs. Despite their efforts, the West Indies couldn’t seal the victory. It was a commendable effort but ultimately fell short. Australia’s early dominance with the bat set the tone for their narrow triumph.

Here’s how ‘X’ users reacted to 1st T20I between Australia and West Indies:

Aussies win. Bit of a loose over from Abbott reduces the final margin to 11 runs, but they always had it under control once they removed the openers. Really entertaining game. 15 wickets for 415 runs. Great spectacle. #ausvwi

— Rory Burnside (@RoryBurnside) February 9, 2024

Australia won the 1st T20I by 11 runs and go 1-0 up

WI made a good effort but it was too much at the end #AUSvWI

— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) February 9, 2024

West Indies’ batting plan:-

Go Bang! Bang! Bang!

Koi na koi toh chal hi jayega!#AUSvsWI #AUSvWI #WestIndies #T20WorldCup #T20 #Cricket@Pratham_Padu @CricCrazyNIKS @poserarcher @Crick_logist

— Saresh🇮🇳 (@CricSar) February 9, 2024

Jason Holder 34* (15) brilliant chase this from West Indies who fall just 11 short off 214 Target

Nicholas Pooran’s 18 off 17 might have cost them the game#AUSvWI pic.twitter.com/tRPgxlrK3Z

— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) February 9, 2024

Good win Australia!!!

We move to Adelaide!!

Next match 💥 👇

Abbot out johnson in
Stoinis out Hardie in#AUSvWI #cricketnews #CricketTwitter

— paRaY_YasiR ✍️ (@ParayYasir2) February 9, 2024

Give the MOTM to Pooran. Guy goes 150 SR & quite possibly WI would’ve won this . Sucked out the momentum like a leech . Never change #AUSvWI

— Cricket Tamizhan (@CricketTamizhan) February 9, 2024

Had Pooran not wasted the number of deliveries that he did, this would’ve been a close match.#AUSvWI

— Yash Agarwalla (@Yashagarwalla) February 9, 2024

Sean Abbott is an awful bowler. Why does he consistently bowl at the death? I don’t get it, at all #AUSvWI

— Ryan Adamson (@radamson15) February 9, 2024

West indies need 26 in last over and Jason Holder smacked first ball for 6🔥🔥.#AUSvWI

— Rana Husnain Aleem (@RanaHusnainAle2) February 9, 2024

What a poor turnout tonight for this 20/20 game in Tasmania #AUSvWI

— Doley (@berniedole) February 9, 2024

This Windies team is insane, they literally have 10 hard hitting batters. My word. 🤌 It’s a shame they can’t have their best spinner at the moment (Motie) in their playing 11 due to combinations. #AUSvWI

— Febin (@febinvthomas) February 9, 2024

Sean Abbott in the Field Today #AUSvWI pic.twitter.com/K3VmTX9Wbm

— Aarush Srk (@SRKAarush) February 9, 2024

David Warner never fails to entertain in his special games. pic.twitter.com/ebWuIpDAFO

— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) February 9, 2024

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