Recent Match Report - Australia vs West Indies 2nd ODI 2021

Recent Match Report – Australia vs West Indies 2nd ODI 2021


The visitors had slumped to 45 for 6 in a match delayed by 48 hours after the Covid scare

Australia 187 (W Agar 41, Hosein 3-30) v West Indies

Australia’s lower order hauled them to a respectable total on a tricky surface in the delayed second ODI after left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein had ripped out their middle order in the space of six deliveries.

The match was suspended 48 hours earlier after a positive Covid test was reported in a member of the West Indies support staff which sent the bubble back into hotel isolation while a fresh round of testing took place. All 152 came back negative yesterday with the series rejigged with this match now when the third game was due to take place and the series finishing on Monday.

Australia, who had opted to bat two days ago, lost early wickets against the pace bowlers before Hosein produced a series of wonderful deliveries to leave them 45 for 6. Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc halted the slide before Adam Zampa and Wes Agar, the latter a late change to the Australia side, took over.

In all the last four wickets added 142 and West Indies’ own collapse to 27 for 6 in the opening match of the series will keep Australia hopeful.

Even though the toss remained, West Indies had given permission for Australia to make a change to their XI with Agar replacing Josh Hazlewood who had been managing a calf niggle and hadn’t been able to get the usual treatment due to two days of isolation.

West Indies struck in the opening over when Ben McDermott nicked a wide delivery from Sheldon Cottrell second ball and after Josh Philippe had briefly shone he picked out deep square leg with a pull.

Cottrell’s first spell had been just two overs as he left the field but his replacement, Jason Holder, made a significant inroad when he produced an excellent delivery to take Mitchell Marsh’s outside edge.

Then it was over to Hosein. There was no captain’s innings from Alex Carey this time as he was comprehensively beaten through the gate by a fantastic delivery that spun sharply from quite wide. Moises Henriques’ disappointing tour continued when he edge a drive to slip, reward for Hosein throwing his line a touch wider to entice the shot.

Two balls later he produced another gem, dropping a delivery on middle and leg which then ripped past Ashton Turner’s edge to take middle stump. At that point a very early finishing looking a possibility.

Wade and Starc started a rebuild with a stand of 51 which was broken by Hayden Walsh Jr who had Starc lbw sweeping, via the DRS, having survived the same mode of dismissal on 7 when the review system overturned the decision. On both occasions the umpire was Joel Wilson.

Wade had never found any fluency but had little choice but to try and bat through the innings. He got as far as the 39th over when he drove Alzarri Joseph to cover.

However, the revival then came from the unlikely pairing of Zampa and Agar in a stand of 59 in seven overs which included Agar clearing the rope against Holder and Cottrell as West Indies became a little ragged in the closing stages.

In the end it all finished in the space of two deliveries when Zampa was cleaned up by Cottrell slower delivery then Agar carved Joseph high into the off side.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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