Wednesday, February 21, 2024

David Warner leads the charge in Hobart

Australia have beaten the West Indies by 11 runs in Hobart in their first T20 international match.

David Warner laid the groundwork for the Australian victory, smashing 70 from 36 balls in his 100th T20 international as Australia posted an imposing 7-213.

In reply, the visitors could only manage 8-202, their middle order unable to capitalise on a flying start from openers Brandon King (53 runs off 37 balls) and Johnson Charles (42 off 25).

David Warner in full flight in Hobart.

David Warner in full flight in Hobart.Credit: Getty Images

Warner, coming off a stint in the 20-over league in the United Arab Emirates, also got Australia off to a flying start with a 93-run opening partnership with Josh Inglis.

Opening together for the first time in T20 internationals, the pair had Australia 0-77 after the six-over powerplay before Tim David went to town late with an unbeaten 37 from 17 balls.

Warner finished with 12 fours and one six, but had some luck on 48 when wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran grassed a tough opportunity diving one-handed.

Josh Inglis played a key supporting role for David Warner, hitting 39 or 25 balls.

Josh Inglis played a key supporting role for David Warner, hitting 39 or 25 balls.Credit: Getty

Inglis also had a life when Brandon King spilled a half-chance in the outfield, but departed soon after in the eighth over for 39 from 25 balls.

Warner, who set the tone with four boundaries off Jason Holder in the second over, fell in the 13th when he gloved an Alzarri Joseph delivery to Pooran.

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