The first T20I between West Indies and Australia ended with the hosts securing a dramatic win by 18 runs. Defending a moderate target of 146, it seemed like Australia were going to cruise their way to a comfortable win. However, the West Indies bundled them out for 127 within 17 overs and stunned one all. The Aussies will be eying redemption in the second game, and it could turn out to be another interesting watch. That being said, here are a few key players who could have a major influence in the game ahead.
Obed McCoy is having the time of his life in T20Is for West Indies, and once again displayed his brilliance in the first game versus Australia. The left-arm-fast bowler was the recur in chief picked as he picked up four wickets for 26 runs from the four over spell. McCoy’s match winning contribution also earned him the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
Obed McCoy in T20Is
Four Wicket Hauls: 2
2. Mitchell Marsh
Specialist all rounder Mitchell Marsh was one of the rare standouts in the previous game for Australia. Marsh picked up two wickets for 26 run in the first innings, He then also chipped in with the bat to score 51 runs from 35 deliveries. However, Marsh’s heroics were of no avail as his team fell short by 18 runs. Nonetheless, he will be taking plenty of confidence in the fixture ahead.
Mitchell Marsh in T20Is
3. Lendl Simmons
Simmons is one of the veterans in T20I cricket for West Indies and can cause some serious damage with the bat in power play overs. Simmons has featured in 60 T20 Internationals, and has scored 1334 runs so far. The 36-year-old has also played some pivotal knocks in crunch games, and can score big in the second T20I versus Australia as well.
Lendl Simmons in T20Is
4. Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood has been one of the key performers with the ball in hand for Australia over the past few years. Although, he has been a part of quite a few Tests and ODIs, the right arm fast bowler is still a bit inexperienced in the shortest format. Nevertheless, he has been equally effective in T20Is with nine wickets from the nine games. Looking at the previous game, Hazlewood managed to scalp 3 wickets for just 12 runs versus West Indies.
Best Figures: 4/30
5. Evin Lewis
In spite of Evin Lewis getting out on duck in the previous game, he still has the impetus to score fast and quick runs in the second T20I. Lewis has scored 1167 runs from 41 games, which includes eight fifties and two hundreds as well. Getting him out early could diminish West Indies’ chances of adding a daunting total.
Evin Lewis in T20Is
The match can be streamed live on Fan Code.