Twitter Reactions: Obed McCoy stars as West Indies prevail in low-scoring thriller against Australia

The Aussies suffered a horrendous batting collapse as they lost their last six wickets for 19 runs.

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Obed McCoy and Dwayne Bravo of West Indies celebrate. (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

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The opening T20I between West Indies and Australia turned out to be a nail-biting affair. At the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, both teams threw punches at each other in a low-scoring thriller. However, after all the twists and turns, it was the hosts, who came out trumps by 18 runs. The Aussies huffed and puffed in their run-chase, and couldn’t prevail at the fag end of the match.

Andre Russell comes to the party

After electing to field first, the visitors didn’t let the Caribbean batters run away with the game. Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle perished to Josh Hazlewood in the powerplay. Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer got scores in the 20s, but both couldn’t go beyond a run-a-ball. Skipper Nicholas Pooran didn’t have a great time either as he was run out after a 16-ball 17 with three fours.

At the end of the 16th over, the home team was reeling at 101 for five. However, Andre Russell smashed a 28-ball 51 and took his team to 145. His knock was laced with three fours and five sixes. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood was the standout performer as he finished with figures of 4-1-12-3. Mitchell Marsh also impressed, picking up the important wickets of Simmons and Hetmyer.

Obed McCoy shines

In the run-chase, the Aussies lost Aaron Finch to Fabian Allen. But they made a stupendous recovery, scoring 70 runs in the powerplay, though they lost three wickets. Matthew Wade’s 14-ball 33 set the tone for the visitors. In the last 14 overs, the Aussies needed to score at 5.43 to win the game. From there on, the Caribbean team started fighting back and kept pushing their opponent on the backfoot.

Mitchell Marsh scored a 31-ball 51 and after he got out, the Aussies completely lost their way. Obed McCoy, the Player of the Match, picked up four wickets and broke the backbone of Australia’s batting. The visiting team lost their last six wickets for 19 runs and were bowled out for 127 in 16 overs. Hayden Walsh Jr was also excellent as he picked up three wickets and conceded runs at only 5.75.

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