Twitter Reactions: David Warner, Mitchell Starc seal emphatic series victory for Australia in second T20I

David Warner was named the player of the match and the series for his impressive performances.

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Australia defeated West Indies in a clinical performance at the MCG on Friday to claim the two-match series 2-0. The hosts dominated the Windies through and through and were never in danger of losing after setting a daunting total of 178 in the first innings on the back of David Warner's belligerent 75.

West Indies' chase got off to a rocky start as their opening batter Kyle Mayers, who broke the internet with his mammoth six in the previous outing, was sent back cheaply after a astonishing reflex catch by Mitchell Starc in the first over. Jonson Charles and Brandon King consolidated with a half-century stand before the latter's dismissal was followed by a couple of quick wickets.

The visitors never recovered from those earlier setbacks as their much-maligned middle order failed to deliver for the umpteenth time. The Men in Purple, who pushed the Aussies to the limits in the series opener surrendered meekly in the series decider as none of their batters apart from Akeal Hosein threatened the bowlers. The hosts ran out comfortable victors by 31 runs to claim the two-match series.

Australian left-arm speedster Mitchell Starc, who made his return to T20I cricket after a hiatus of four months in the last game, made a mockery of the Windies' batting line-up, returning with sensational bowling figures of 4/20 in his four overs. Pat Cummins also chipped in with two wickets, while Josh Hazelwood conceded just 19 runs in his four overs, keeping a lid on things.

Australia post a handsome total on the back of David Warner and Tim David's explosive innings

Earlier in the contest, The visitors won the toss and elected to field first. The Australian team persisted with Cameron Green at the top of the order, who failed to make an impact with the bat for a second game running. But Green's dismissal did not deter his senior opening partner David Warner, who batted with an uncluttered mindset, blazing the Windies bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Warner's belligerence ensured a blistering start for the Aussies before the southpaw fell in the 12th over after amassing 75 off just 41 deliveries. His dismissal sparked a mini-collapse from the middle-order batters as Glenn Maxwell's horrid run with the bat continued. It was Tim David's renowned big-hitting prowess that pushed Australia to a handsome total of 178/7 in their 20 overs. 

The dashing batter punished the visitors with a quickfire 42 off just 20 deliveries. Alzarri Joseph was one against the pick of the West Indian bowlers, scalping three wickets in his four overs, and conceding just 21 runs.

Here is how Twitter reacted to a comprehensive win by the Aussies in the second T20I: