WI vs Aus 2nd T20I Highlights today Saturday, 7-10-2021 – 2nd T20I (N), Australia tour of West Indies from Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bowl first.
So last night’s Man of the Match Obed McCoy is out in exchange for Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Fletcher enters for Evin Lewis. McCoy is being rested for workload management. Kieron Pollard remains out injured and so Pooran will have his second match as stand-in captain.
West Indies team: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Andre Fletcher, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Nicholas Pooran (capt/wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Fabian Allen, 9 Hayden Walsh Jr, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Fidel Edwards.
Australia team: 1 Aaron Finch (capt.), 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Josh Philippe, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Ben McDermott, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
Match Timings: 23:30 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson
TV Umpires – Patrick Gustard
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Leslie Reifer
Match number – T20I no. 1188
Post Match Presentation
Stand-in West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran: “Most pleasing is that tonight my record for winning the toss isn’t good and we knew we’d have to bat first. We just said that we had to put a total on the board, do the same things we did last night but even better. The decision to send Dwayne up the order to keep a left-right combination was fantastic, seeing a senior player raising their hand and showing their experience.
Dwayne asked the question [to come in at No. 5] and we just saw it was important to have a left-right combo with the wind factor so I held myself back. We know how dangerous we can be in the last five overs. We know how passionate Fabian is and sticking to the plan is very pleasing. Hayden, after working months and months day in and day out to come back tonight and be a match-winner for us is wonderful as well.”
Australia captain Aaron Finch: “I don’t think the wicket changed a huge amount again. It played pretty well. Chasing 190, you have to get off to a pretty good start and when your two openers get out cheaply, it puts a lot of pressure on a reasonably inexperienced – at least in terms of international T20 cricket – middle order.
The 110-run partnership between Hetmyer and Bravo, that’s the difference in the game. I thought the front half of our [bowling] innings was pretty good. It’s always tough bowling to a left-right combination with a big breeze going to one side of the ground.”
Shimron Hetmyer names Man of the Match: “I think it was one of my best T20 innings. I think I paced it quite well. It really worked out well for me with the guys backing me to be the guy to just take it as deep as possible. Kudos to my team for giving me that role. I really didn’t do anything much different tonight. It was just having a partnership in the middle to set a platform for us.
I’m trying to be someone who can not only play shots but also rotate the strike and be there as long as possible. I never batted with Bravo before so it was really nice to bat with him for the first time and have a 100-run partnership. He was just telling me to keep going and just do what I do best. I really trusted him batting and running between the wickets.”