West Indies made a brilliant effort with both bat and ball to claim another defeat Australia in the ongoing five-game T20I series on Saturday. It was the second game of the leg, and the Windies crushed the visitors by 56 runs to take a 2-0 lead.
The hero of the match was an explosive batsman Shimron Hetmyer, which lit up the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia with an amazing 36-ball 61, including 2 fours and 4 sixes.
Long before Hetmyer’s magic beat, however, it was opener Lendl Simmons, who laid the foundation of the big total by playing a quick knockout of 30 runs at a hit rate of 142.86 with three maximums.
Simmons showed off his vintage avatar and punished the Aussie bowlers immediately. During his short but explosive knock, the right-handed batsman sends a ball onto the roof in Daren Sammy Stadium.
It all happened in the 5th over of the Australian innings bowled by experienced pacemakers Mitchell Starc. The left-hander bowled a good-length ball between the center and outside-blunt line, and Simmons read it quickly as he hit the white ladder for a large six-square-foot. The Trinidadian set up the ball so perfectly that it landed on the roof of the stadium.
Here is the video:
Simmons launches Starc from the ground!
– Fox Cricket (@ FoxCricket) 10 July 2021
Apart from Simmons and Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell also made valuable contributions to drive West Indies to a whopping 196/4 in their 20 overs. While Bravo scored 47 off 34 balls, Russell remained unbeaten on just 24 deliveries on 24.
In response, the visiting team put together for 140 and lost the match by 56 runs. Mitchell Marsh was the highest scorer for Aaron Finch’s Aussie Team. Marsh made 54 off 42 balls, but no one supported him to form a decent partnership.
The third T20I will take place on Monday (July 12) at the same venue.