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Hetmyer, Bravo guide the Caribbean to victory over Australia

Gros Islet (St. Lucia), July 11 (IANS) Shimron Hetmyer produced a top-notch match-winning knock on 61 of 36 deliveries as the West Indies defeated Australia by 56 races to take a 2-0 lead in the T20I series in Daren Sammy Cricket Ground here.

The left-hander and Dwayne Bravo, who contributed with an unbeaten 47 who were not out, helped the hosts to 196/4. The Bowlers then dismissed the visitors to 140 in 19.2 overs as the home team sealed a comprehensive victory in the second match to follow up on their 18-run victory on July 9th.

Hetmyer slammed four sixes and two boundaries as he added a record 103-run partnership with Bravo, who had three sixes. Left-hander Andre Russell added 24 out of eight balls after Hetmyer ran out as the West Indies added 123 runs in the last 10 overs to reach 196 on a good stroke track.

Earlier, the West Indies got off to a solid start with 46 runs in power play overs, as the initial batsman Lendl Simmons blew three sixes in his knockout of 30.

“I think it was one of my best T20 innings. I think I paced it quite well. It worked really well for me with the guys who backed me up to be the guy who just took it as deep as possible, ”Hetmyer said.

Nicholas Pooran again led the team in the absence of Kieron Pollard.

“We just said we should do the same things we did last night, even better. It was great to see how Hetmyer reacted, ”said Pooran.

For Australia, Mitchell Marsh beat his second half-century in as many matches with a steady 54, but a knockout collapse meant the visitors were thrown out to 140 in 19.2 overs, chasing 197 for a win.

Australia lost both openers within four overs as leg spinner Hayden Walsh was again very impressive, claiming 3/29 from his four overs, while left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell had 2-22 in his first game of the season.

Short scores: West Indies 196/4 in 20 overs (S Hetmyer 61, D Bravo 47 not out) beat Australia 140 in 19.2 overs (M Marsh; S Cottrell 2/22, H Walsh 3/29) with 56 runs.

–IANS

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