Dropped Catches Prove Costly As West Indies Suffer Three-Wicket Loss to Australia In First T20I

West Indies lost their opening T20 International against Australia in Queensland on Wednesday by three wickets with a ball to spare to go 0-1 down in the two-match series.

West Indies have only themselves to blame, dropping two catches in the final over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell and that proved costly in the end.

Chasing 146 for victory, Australia owed their victory to Aaron Finch (58) and Matthew Wade (39*) whose sixth-wicket partnership turned the match in favor of the hosts, who had lost half their wickets early.

The pair came together with Australia struggling after Sheldon Cottell’s two wickets and one each from Yannic Cariah, Jason Holder, and Alzarri Joseph had reduced the hosts were 58-5 after eight overs.

They eventually repelled the West Indies attack with a 69-run partnership that, for a while, took the match away from the tourists. The match swung significantly in Australia’s favor when Sheldon Cottrell, who had earlier removed David Warner and Mitchell Marsh in his first over, leaked 18 runs in his third over, the 12th of the Australian innings.


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Edited by Jesus Chan

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