The Australian skipper Aaron Finch lamented the lack of “game smarts” of his team, which led them to lose in the first T20I in St. Lucia with 18 races against the West Indies. Finch admitted that the Aussies “kind of panicked” during the hunt, despite the fact that they scored 108-4 in 10.2 overs and took 38 more runs to win 58 deliveries.
However, West Indies made a remarkable comeback, claiming the last six Australian wickets for just 21 runs in just 5.5 overs to secure a memorable win. The hosts also had to do without their regular captain Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran led the Windies to a victory in 18 races.
After the game, Aaron Finch was visibly upset with his side’s batting performance, stating that they’d put in an inexcusable effort as they headed for a seemingly easy win. As quoted by ESPNCricinfo, the Australian captain said:
“We just needed someone to take it on and get through to the end. After the position, that [Marsh] and Wade got us into it, just a little gaming skill would have got us over the border but kind of panicked. We worked on being a little more aggressive in the middle overs, but maybe we just need to curb it today and have a little more intelligence. I thought the wicket played a little better than second. There are no excuses for our hitting performance there. “
With a brief turnaround between the two games, the Australians hope to get the defeat out of their system and get back on their feet in the second T20I, which will be played tomorrow.
“First game as captain, I didn’t expect that” – Nicholas Pooran after beating Australia
After suffering a hamstring injury to Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran had his first chance to lead the West Indies.
The 25-year-old said he asked his teammates for “energy” after only doing 145-6 in their 20 overs. Pooran said:
“What a game! First game as captain, I didn’t expect that. We asked the boys for energy and that brought them. I can’t give the bowlers enough credit. They came out and fired the Australians and we knew that we needed wickets. ” to win the game. We asked Hayden to keep attacking those stumps, keep asking questions and Obed McCoy came and won the game for us. “
The West Indies also got into trouble with the racket, scoring fewer than six runs per over in one period, with a score of just 65-4 after 11.5 overs. However, a bailout from Andre Russell (51 balls out of 28) brought them to a competitive total of 145. In the end, it turned out to be too much for Australia.