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[Watch] Johnson Charles Smashes First-Ball Maximum To Kickstart WI's Chase

Arpit Sachdeva∙ Feb 11 2024, 7:20 PM | timer 2 Min Read

image-lshg5v4nCharles opens the batting for WI in T20Is (x.com)

West Indies opener, Johnson Charles smashed the very first ball he faced for a huge six in the second T20 international against Australia on Sunday. In pursuit of a gigantic 242-run target, Charles came out to open the batting with Brandon King at Adelaide Oval ground. 

The first ball he faced, Jason Behrendorff bowled a length delivery around middle and leg region. The West Indies batter stood tall and smashed that for a massive six. 

You can watch the video clip of the six here: 

In the fourth over, Charles hit Josh Hazlewood for a four and a six to show his intensions quite clear. However, wickets fell in quick intervals at the other end. Brandon King lost his wicket in the second over as he struggled to get going. 

Nicholas Pooran (18 off 10) came out to the middle in an attacking mode as he hit three successive sixes to Behrendorff in the 3rd over. But, he too couldn’t stay for too long. In the next over, Shai Hope went for a duck off Marcus Stoinis. 

The Australian all-rounder also picked the crucial wicket of Johnson Charles on the last ball of the same over to leave West Indies in all sorts of trouble at 62 for four in six overs. Charles departed after scoring 24 off 11 deliveries.

Glenn Maxwell powers Australia to 241 in the first innings  

Earlier, Australia posted a gigantic 241 runs in the first innings, courtesy of a sensational knock of 120 runs in 55 deliveries from Glenn Maxwell. Australia had lost their first three wickets for 64 runs inside 7 overs. 

Glenn Maxwell, however, shifted the momentum completely by playing a counter-attacking knock. He brought up his half-century off just 25 deliveries and went on to score his fifth T20 international hundred in just 50 deliveries. 

The entertainer from Australia put on a show with the bat and took the game away from the visitors. He hit as many as 12 fours and 8 sixes en-route to a sensational unbeaten knock of 120 runs in 55 deliveries at an astounding strike rate of 218.18. Tim David also played a handy cameo of 31 runs off 14 balls, helping the team reach a wining score. 

Eventually, Australia demolished the Windies as they shut the second game with a 34-run victory.