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2nd report T20I: Shimron Hetmyer scored 61 points in a 103-point partnership with Dwayne Bravo on Saturday, which saw the West Indies take a comprehensive 56-point victory over Australia in the second Twenty20 international match.
Bravo went on to make an undefeated 47 as the West Indies went 196-4, plundering 123 points from their last 10 overs against a limp Australian attack.
Australia initially kept pace with the West Indies as Mitchell Marsh had a second half-century in a row, after his 51 in the series opener with 54 to 42 but. But for the second time, the rest of the Australian batsmen provided little resistance and the Tourists were knocked out for 140 with four balls remaining.
For the second time in the series, Australian captain Aaron Finch’s decision to win the draw seemed unfounded. His top bowlers struggled again in West Indian conditions, with Mitchell Starc conceding 49 points on his four overs after a 0-40 comeback in Game 1.
Lendl Simmons ensured top-of-order strength for the West Indies with 30 of 21 balls before Hetmyer stepped in to play the vital anchor role in the middle of the innings.
Hetmyer hit his second 50 T20 international on 29 balls, reaching the milestone with a six against Starc. He finished with four sixes and two fours, realizing his 61 points on 36 balls before being exhausted in the 18th.
“I think it was one of my best T20 heats,” Hetmyer said. “I think I paced it pretty well. It really worked for me with the guys who supported me and gave me that role of being the person to go as far as possible. Once you’ve done that, you really have a free license and well done to the team for giving me this role.
There wasn’t much between the West Indies and Australia in the first half of each heat. The West Indies were 46-2 after the power play while Australia were 42-2 and both teams were 59-3 at the end of eight overs.
But the West Indies innings flourished in their second half where Australia withered, not as spectacularly as in the first game where they lost 6-19 to lose by 18 points.
The West Indies backed up their batting performance with another exceptional effort on the field.
Sheldon Cottrell entered the game for Obed McCoy, rested for workload reasons and played superbly in the top of the innings, taking 2-22.
Hayden Walsh junior kicked off an excellent leg-spinning streak in the mid-innings, confusing Aussie beaters with his style of rhythm and finishing with 3-29. Chris Gayle beat Josh Hazlewood with his second delivery in the final to end the Australian heats.
“To chase 190 you have to get a pretty good start and when your two openers come out cheaply it puts a lot of pressure on a reasonably inexperienced middle order,” said Finch. “A partnership of 103 races between Hetmyer and Bravo, that was the difference between the teams.
“If you can get that you start to put pressure on the opposition and we just haven’t had a chance to do it.”
With AP inputs