Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh Guide Australia To The Comfortable Victory Against Windies In The Unofficial Warm-Up Match
On Wednesday (22nd May), Australia comfortably beat Windies in the unofficial warm-up match at Southampton. Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh shined in this game where Australia won by seven wickets (with 69 balls remaining).
Ahead of the pre-World Cup warm-up matches, Australia and Windies faced each other in the unofficial warm-up match. After winning the toss, Australian captain Aaron Finch decided to bowl first.
Windies managed to score 229 runs (46.2 overs) before losing their all wickets in the first innings. While the opener Evin Lewis scored 50 runs off 56 balls (6 fours and one six), the no.8 batsman Carlos Brathwaite scored the highest runs in that innings (60 runs off 64 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes).
Another in-form opener Shai Hope scored 21 runs while the no.6 batsman Sunil Ambris scored 37 runs. The dangerous middle-order batsman Andre Russell was bowled by the leg-spinner Adam Zampa for just five runs.
Struggling on 104/6, Ambris and Brathwaite had the 74-run partnership for the seventh wicket which helped Windies to manage a respectable first innings total.
Among the Australian bowlers, the pacers Mitchell Starc (2/34), Pat Cummins (2/36), Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/25) and the off-spinner Glenn Maxwell (2/14) bagged two wickets each. Moreover, Jason Behrendorff (1/65) and Adam Zampa (1/42) picked up one wicket each.
Australia comfortably chased that target, Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh were the stars
In the early second innings of that match, Australian opener Usman Khawaja received a scary injury. When Khawaja was batting on five runs in the second over of that innings, Andre Russell’s brutal bouncer hit on his head. After feeling discomfort on the ground, Khawaja soon decided to retired-hurt.
Meanwhile, the no.3 batsman David Warner scored 12 runs while the Aussie skipper and opener, Aaron Finch scored 42 runs off 47 balls. However, later, Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh batted impressively to secure a comfortable victory. They had a brilliant 109-run partnership for the third wicket which took Australia closer to the victory.
Smith scored 76 runs off 82 balls (7 fours and 2 sixes) before Brathwaite dismissed him. However, Shaun Marsh safely guided to the victory with Glenn Maxwell. While Marsh was batting on 55 runs (59 balls), Maxwell was not out on 18 runs (12 balls).
Australia successfully chased down the 230 runs target in 38.3 overs after losing just three wickets (230/3).
Among the Windies bowlers, Carlos Brathwaite (1/58), Oshane Thomas (1/34) and Raymon Reifer took (1/17) one wicket each.
Ahead of the Cricket World Cup, Australia and Windies both will play two warm-up matches. Australia will face England (25th May) and Sri Lanka (27th May) while Windies will face South Africa (26th May) and New Zealand (28th May) in the pre-World Cup warm-up matches.
Windies will begin their World Cup journey on 31st May when they will face Pakistan at Nottingham.
Meanwhile, the defending champions Australia will play their opening match of this tournament on 1st June. On that day, Australia will play against Afghanistan at Bristol.
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