WICKET! Bravo c Zampa b Meredith 7, West Indies 124-4
WICKET! Gayle c Wade b Meredith 67, West Indies 109-3
Half century! Gayle 54 from 34 balls
WICKET! Simmons c Starc b Meredith 15, West Indies 42-2
WICKET! Fletcher c Marsh b Starc 4, West Indies 4-1
West Indies must chase 142 to win
WICKET! Turner run out (Bravo) 24, Australia 141-6
WICKET! Henriques c Allen b Bravo 33, Australia 139-5
WICKET! Finch c Allen b Walsh 30, Australia 80-4
WICKET! Carey c Simmons b Walsh 13, Australia 79-3
WICKET! Marsh lbw Allen 9, Australia 58-2
WICKET! Wade b McCoy 23, Australia 41-1
Australia win the toss and bat
Hello again. This is the third T20 International out of five in this series – meaning that West Indies can wrap up a series win if they take the match today, and Australia have to win to stay in it. From the visitors’ perspective, it was a tough opening weekend. They started by bowling brilliantly, but with enough fielding lapses to let West Indies keep a foothold in the game, then Australia were cruising in reply before a collapse of a drastic order. Teams don’t usually play games on back to back days anymore, and when Australia turned up for the second outing they got walloped in all three disciplines. Bowled out in both matches for unimpressive scores, they have much work to do.
West Indies will be feeling great. Kieron Pollard has been absent with a hamstring twinge, meaning that Nicholas Pooran has been temporary captain, but he’s won two from two. The comeback in the first match had him elated, but the second performance was clinical, including much of the big hitting for which West Indies T20 cricket has been known in recent years that include two T20 World Cup wins.
St Lucia is the venue again, as it will be for all five matches. On we go.