West Indies have had a dreadful February till the time Johnson Charles quick fire half century showed the Windies a door to victory in the lone T20 at Brisbane on Wednesday. This was the first West Indies win in Australia against the hosts since 1997.
Winning and batting, the Caribbean countrymen lost Gayle early. Charles (57) and Bravo (32) marched scoring all around the park and took West Indies to 99 for 2 in the 11th over. Charles and Bravo fell in succession. Pollard (26), Russell (23*) and Sammy (20) accelerated the scoring and helped the visitors reach 191 for 6 in 20 over’s. Faulkner was the cheapest bowler also taking 3 wickets in contrast to McKay who was taken for 44 runs off his 4 overs.
Unsold IPL nominee Finch (4) failed again but Adam Voges (51) at No. 3 continued his dominance. With merge contributions from the inexperienced Aussie line-up the new look squad fell 27 runs short of crossing the line. They managed to score 164 for 8 in the stipulated 20 over’s. Sunil Narine casted just 19 off his 4 over’s taking 2 wickets whereas Pollard was tagged with 3 scalps to script a lone and a historic win for West Indies to end the tour.
Author’s Pick Flick: West Indies first win since the win in Perth in 1997, the only man involved in that encounter was Paul Reiffel, now an umpire. Though against almost a second string squad but West Indies ended the 16 year drought to carry smiles back home.