West Indies humiliate understrength Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup Warmup match

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In the final warm-up game before the T20 World Cup 2024, the West Indies cricket team made a powerful statement by defeating an undermanned Australian team. The Caribbean side’s victory was largely due to the explosive batting performances of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell.

West Indies sends a message in the T20 World Cup

Nicholas Pooran, known for his aggressive batting style, played a pivotal role in the West Indies’ massive total of 257/4. He scored a blistering 75 runs off just 25 balls, hitting the first three legal deliveries he faced for six. His half-century came in just 16 balls, demonstrating his ability to score quickly and put pressure on the opposition.

Rovman Powell, the skipper, also contributed significantly to the team’s total. He smashed 52 runs off 25 balls, continuing the momentum set by Pooran. Their combined effort resulted in 12 sixes.

Sherfane Rutherford also played a crucial role in the innings, scoring 47 not out from just 18 balls. His contribution helped the West Indies reach a formidable total, setting a challenging target for Australia.

Australia, fielding a team with just nine players, struggled to match the West Indies’ total. Despite a valiant effort, including a 55-run knock from Josh Inglis, Australia fell short by 35 runs. The Australian team was further handicapped by the absence of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, whose kit had been delayed.

The West Indies’ performance in this warm-up game sends a strong message to other teams in the T20 World Cup. Their aggressive batting, coupled with a well-rounded team performance, makes them a formidable opponent.

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