AUS vs Wi 2nd ODI: Nicholas Pooran and Jason holder stared with the bat to keep the series alive. West Indies bowling unit was on top of the game as well. 2nd ODI was a battle fought hard by both sides. It was a low-scoring game. 1st ODI was one-sided for Australia.
Australia won the toss and decided to bat first.
Australia: Josh Phillipe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Wes Agar, Adam Zampa, Riley Meredith.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammad, Nicholas Pooran, Kieran Pollard, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh Jr, Sheldon Cottrell, Akeal Hosein.
First innings: Australia gets a late boost to get 187.
The first over came with a wicket of Ben McDermott, getting caught behind in the over of Sheldon Cottrell. Josh Phillipe couldn’t get whole of the bouncer getting caught at fine-leg region. Alzarri Joseph got the crucial partnership, which was looking dangerous. Australia was 23/2. Just 3 runs later Jason Holder got Mitchell Marsh caught behind. He tried to defend the ball but edging the ball to Shai hope
Akeal Hosein with a flighted ball bowled Alex Carey who completely missed the spin. Trying to flick the ball towards mid-on. Australia was in trouble on 41/5 in 11 overs. Akeal Hosein struck again 3 runs later. Moises Henriques trying to drive the ball away from the body on the ball spinning away from him. He was caught at slip. With 44/5, Australia lost half the squad and was in desperate need of a miracle.
It was a classic dismissal for the left-arm spinner. Ashton Turner was cleaned bowled beaten by the outside edge. The ball pitched on the middle and spun along the line of the off-stump. Follow IND vs SL series here.
Late Boost got Australia to a fighting total.
Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc started to build a partnership. Playing some lovely shots. Hayden Walsh Jr appealed for an LBW against Mitchell Starc, which was given not out. Pollard reviewed the decision to get 3 reds. Australia was 96/7 after 26.3 overs. Adam would join Wade on the crease. They also built a decent partnership.
Alzarri Joseph got Wade out caught in the extra cover. Wade trying to gain momentum but not getting it. It looked like Australia would not go past 150. As Australia was 128/8 with 12 overs remaining.
Adam Zampa and Wes Agar played the most needed innings. The partnership went on for 59 runs. Adam Zampa looking to carve the ball through covers and was cleaned bowled when Australia was At 187/8. Sheldon Cottrell was the man to take the wicket. Australia would finish the innings on the very next ball with Joseph picking the last wicket.
Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hosein took 3 wickets each. Sheldon Cottrell picked up 2 wickets. While Hayden Walsh Jr and Jason holder got 1 wicket each.
Second innings: Pooran and Holder stayed strong to hold the win
West Indies were in a similar position as Australia. With Evin Lewis departed early of Mitchell Starc LBW. It was straight and full. It was 2 from 2 when Darren Bravo was bowled. The delivery was full while Bravo misjudges the line as well as the length. Shai Hope was playing very solid. Not going easy at all. Jason Mohammad picked up 2 boundaries driving the ball. West Indies was 47/2 at 8.2 overs. When Jason Mohammad could not read the googly of Adam Zampa. Getting himself cleaned up.
Ashton Turner did the trick bowling a straighter one to bowled Shai hope. Who was down the ground to play towards the offside. Adam Zampa’s googly was again in action when Pollard was bowled between bat and pad.
Holder came to the crease when West Indies was 72/5 under 15 overs. Pooran and Holder went on to build a partnership of 93 runs. Pooran got a lifeline when he was on 26 runs. They ensured a comfortable win. However, Holder could not finish the innings as he was out LBW from Starc. It will be the last wicket of the match.
Mitchell Starc took 3 wickets with Adam Zampa showing his class with 2 wickets for himself. While 1 wicket for Ashton Turner.
It was a comfortable victory for the West Indies. They level the series to go to the decider. The last match will be as close as we hope for. Man of the Match was given to Nicholas Pooran.