Cricket fans across the Caribbean will be in for a treat when ICC World T20 Champions the West Indies men’s team take on Australia in the second T20 International this evening from 7.30 p.m. at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Beausejour, Gros Islet.
Last evening the two teams locked horns in the first of five T20Is at the same venue. More on that match next week. The home team and the visiting Australians lead by Aaron Finch will meet again on Monday for the 3rd T20I from 7.30 p.m.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (Captain), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Fletcher, Lendl Simmons, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Fidel Edwards, Akeal Hosein, Kevin Sinclair, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh Jr and Oshane Thomas.
Australia T20I & ODI squad: Aaron Finch (Captain), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell March, Mitchell Swepson, Moises Henriques, Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Daniel Christian, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Ben McDermott, Andre Tye, Josh Philippe, Matthew Wade, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Josh Hazlewood and Riley Meredith. Travelling reserves: Tanveer Sangha and Nathan Ellis.
Over in Antigua the West Indies and Pakistan senior women’s teams will play their final One Day International (ODI) in the hree-match CG Insurance series on Monday at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.
Yesterday, at Coolidge Cricket Ground, West Indies women bowled out Pakistan for 120 in 42.4 overs in the teams 2nd ODI. For Pakistan, Muneeba Ali top scored with 37, Aliya Riaz 26, Nida Dar 20 and Omaima Sohail 19 the only batters to reach double figures.
Bowling for West Indies, Anisa Mohammed picked up 4 for 27, Haley Matthews 2 for 17, Karishma Ramharack 2 for 27, Shamilia Connell 1 for 15 and Shamilia Shakera 1 for 16.
At press time yesterday the West Indies had yet to reply to the Pakistanis score of 120.
However, in the first ODI on Wednesday 7th July, West Indies took a 1-0 lead. Captain StephanieTaylor ended on 105 not out off 116 balls which included 11 fours and two sixes, it was her sixth century as the home side made light work of their target to win by five wickets.
West Indies scored 209 for 5 off 47.5 overs in reply to Pakistan’s 205 for 9 off their allotted 50 overs.
Taylor added 42 with Britney Cooper to see the team home after coming together at 167 for 5 in the 43rd over.
Cooper ended on 17 not out off 21 balls with three fours. Other contributors with the bat, Chedean Nation 23, Kycia Knight 19 and Hayley Matthews 16.
Bowling for Pakistan, Sadia Iqbal 2 for 47, Nida Dar 1 for 34, Diana Baig 1 for 34 and Fatima Sana 1 for 35.
Pakistan was sent in to bat by the West Indies captain and got off to a solid start, with Muneeba Ali and Ayesha Zafar adding 70 runs for the first wicket. Muneeba recorded her highest score 36, while Zafar fell four runs short of her fourth ODI half-century.
Taylor sent Zafar back and reduced Pakistan to 99 for 3, only for Dar to add 22 and 32 runs with Omaima Sohail and Aliya Riaz respectively.
West Indies Vice-captain Anisa Mohammed struck at important times, getting rid of Javeria Khan and Omaima to help keep Pakistan to 205.
Bowling for West Indies, Stafanie Taylor took 3 for 29, Anisa Mohammed 2 for 31, Shamilia Connell 1 for 36 and Shakera Selma 1 for 47.
Taylor was named the CG Insurance Player-of-the-Match.
Also in Antigua, today (Saturday 10th) the West Indies women’s A team will play Pakistan women’s A team in the 1st of three ODIs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium from 10.00 a.m.