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The T20 format is known for its adrenaline-pumping moments, and the first match of the Australia-West Indies series delivered just that. Amidst the fireworks of power-hitting, it was Adam Zampa‘s clinical bowling performance that stole the spotlight. Zampa’s prowess with the ball, especially in dismissing the dangerous Andre Russell, played a pivotal role in Australia’s 11-run victory in the opening T20I.
Australia’s power-packed batting display
The match began with a spectacular display of power hitting as the hosts were asked to bat first upon losing the toss. David Warner led the charge for Australia, crafting a brilliant innings of 70 runs off 36 balls. Tim David (37) and Josh Inglis (39) also played crucial roles, setting a formidable total for the West Indies to chase.
West Indies responds
In response, the West Indies showcased their own brand of aggressive cricket, with Brandon King leading the charge with a fine innings of 53 runs. Despite valiant efforts from Johnson Charles (42) and Jason Holder (34), the West Indies fell short, posting 202/8 in their 20 overs.
Adam Zampa’s bowling brilliance
While the Australian batters set the stage, it was the bowlers who sealed the deal for Australia. Zampa, with his mesmerizing spin, emerged as the star, claiming 3 crucial wickets for just 26 runs in his 4 overs. His victims included Charles, Nicholas Pooran, and the destructive Russell.
Zampa cleans up Russell
The highlight of Zampa’s spell came in the fifteenth over when he outfoxed Russell with a brilliant delivery by bowling a quicker and a flatter ball, tempting Russell into a big swing across the line. However, the ball held its line and crashed into the stumps, sending the dangerous Russell back to the pavilion.
Here’s the video:
Big player v big player.
Adam Zampa comes up trumps against Andre Russell.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 9, 2024
A must-win second game for West Indies
With this win, Australia now leads the series (1-0). The next match between the cricketing powerhouses is scheduled to take place at the Adelaide Oval on February 11 and will hold immense importance for the Caribbean side if they want to stay alive in the contest.