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AUS v WI, 2nd T20I Review: Australia overpower West Indies by 31 runs

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Blistering knocks from opener David Warner (75 off 41) and designated finisher Tim David (42 off 20) and a four-wicket-haul from Mitchell Starc helped Australia seal the series 2-0 as they beat the West Indies by 31 runs in the 2nd T20I on Friday (October 07).

The win was set-up by opener Warner, who smashed his way to a 41-ball 75 with the help of 10 fours and 3 monstrous sixes.

But Australia's misery with the bat continued as Cameron Green (1 off 4), Aaron Finch (15 off 19) fell cheaply, and when Warner and the out-of-form Glenn Maxwell also departed within a space of 7 deliveries between overs 11-12, it felt the home side will fall short of a par score.

However, Tim David had other ideas as the swashbuckling right-hander laid into the West Indies attack, smashing them for 4 fours and 3 huge sixes to get the Aussies past the 150 mark.

Steve Smith again underwhelmed with the bat as he managed a 16-ball 17 before getting bowled by Alzarri Joseph.

Joseph (3-21 in 4) was once again the pick of the bowlers for WI and he was brilliantly supported by Obed McCoy, who claimed the prized scalp of David, as Australia eventually finished at 178/7 in 20 overs.

Mitchell Starc spearheaded Australia's defence

Chasing 179, the West Indies needed another quick start from the classy Kyle Mayers, but Mitchell Starc ensured it was not to be on the night as he sent the southpaw packing with a sensational return catch in the very first over.

From thereon, the tourists never looked like getting anywhere near the target as the likes of Johnson Charles (29 off 30) and Brandon King (23 off 18) could not inject any momentum to the innings while the Nicholas Pooran-led middle-order again underwhelmed.

Akeal Hossein (25 off 19) did smash some lusty blows in the end, but it proved to be too little too late. Starc eventually finished with figures of 4-20 (4) and he was brilliantly supported by Pat Cummins, who got rid of Rovman Powell and Hosein to end any hopes that the West Indies may have had of scripting a comeback.

Brief Scores:

Australia: 178/7 (20)

David Warner 75 (41), Tim David 42 (20)

Alzarri Joseph 3/21 (4), Obed McCoy 2/33 (3)

West Indies: 147/8 (20)

Akeal Hosein 25 (19), Johnson Charles 29 (30)

Mitchell Starc 4/20 (4), Pat Cummins 2/32 (4)

Result: Australia won by 31 runs

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