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West Indies thrash Australia by 56 runs in the 2nd T20I to go 2-0 up

By Bet Barter

July 11, 2021

The Caribbean side defeated Aaron Finch-led Australia by 56 runs in the second T20I match. West Indies won the first match by 18 runs. Shimron Hetmyer's 61 off 36 deliveries helped the home side to post 196 runs in the second game. His brilliant knock included four sixes and two fours. Hetmyer received excellent support from senior all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. The veteran also managed to score 47 runs. The duo formed a 103-run fourth-wicket partnership. On the other hand, Andre Russell smashed 24* off only eight deliveries to leave the visitors with a much more challenging task.  

Shimron Hetmyer and Hayden Walsh decimate Australia

In response, the Australian cricket team didn't have a positive start. Their opening batsmen Aaron Finch and Matthew Wade, couldn't get going. It was once again Mitchell Marsh's knock that kept the kangaroos in the run-chase. However, the wickets kept falling from the other end. Josh Phillipe and Moises Henriques got great starts but couldn't stay for a more extended period of time. The second-highest scorer in the innings was Moises Henriques. He slammed 19 runs off 21 deliveries. The entire Australian lower-order was dismissed cheaply.

Hayden Walsh was once again the star performer for the hosts. He picked up three crucial wickets of Mitchell Marsh, Phillipe, and Henriques. On the other end, Bravo, Russell, and Fidel Edwards picked up a wicket each. The Nicholas Pooran-led side bundled out Australia for 140 in 19.2 overs. 

Hayden Walsh grabbed three wickets for 29, but the man of the match award was won by Shimron Hetmyer. Notably, this is the first instance that Australia has been bowled out in consecutive T20Is since their defeat by Pakistan at Edgbaston in 2010. The third T20I between West Indies and Australia is going to take place on Monday (July 12).

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