The West Indies drew level in the ODI series with a
four-wicket win over Australia in Barbados in the 2nd ODI, which was postponed
by 48 hours due to a Covid-19 scare in the home camp.
The Australians collapsed to 45-6 in the first innings but
eventually recovered to post a competitive total of 187 thanks to some crucial
contributions from Adam Zampa (36) and Wes Agar (41) at number nine and ten.
The hosts suffered a wobble of their own through the middle overs, losing half
their side for only 72 runs. However, a crucial 93-run partnership from Jason
Holder and Nicholas Pooran rescued the West Indies to set up the series
After winning the toss and choosing to bat two days earlier,
Australia lost Ben McDermott in the 1st over after the opening batsman nicked a
wide delivery to Shai Hope. Josh Phillippe managed to find some early
boundaries but couldn’t last too long after holing out to deep square leg and
was quickly followed by Mitchell Marsh after an excellent delivery from Jason
Australia’s troubles were exacerbated following the
introduction of left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein who ran through their middle
order and picked up three wickets in 6 balls to leave the visitors reeling at
It was always going to be a tough ask from that point
onwards, but the final four wickets cost the West Indies 142 runs with Matthew
Wade scoring a fighting 36 and Adam Zampa and Wes Agar putting on an unlikely
59-run partnership for the 9th wicket.
The Australians carried this momentum into the run-chase,
and following his fiery five-wicket haul in the 1st ODI, Mitchell Starc
continued to bring the heat with the new ball. The left-arm pacer trapped Evin
Lewis lbw before removing Darren Bravo off-stump of the very next delivery to
give Australia the perfect start.
However, Australia were unable to attack from both ends with
Josh Hazelwood unable to play the 2nd ODI, and Shai Hope helped the West Indies
recover after the poor start. Regular wickets were the only way the visitors
could win the 2nd ODI, and Adam Zampa dragged Australia back into the contest
after cleaning up Jason Mohammed and Kieron Pollard with two excellent
Following Pollard’s dismissal, Australia were in the driving
seat, but the visitors struggled to hold onto their chances in the field as
Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran slowly stitched together a match-winning
partnership. Mitchell Starc returned to remove Jason Holder after a well-made
52, but Nicholas Pooran made the most of his extra lives to take the West
Indies home and level the series at 1-1.