In the first of five Twenty20 matches on Friday, the West Indies defeated Australia by 18 runs as they took advantage of a spectacular late batting collapse by Australia.
Andre Russell scored 51 runs off 28 balls, while Lendl Simmons added 27 runs, and the home team scored 145-6 after being sent in to bat. At 70-3, Australia was expected to win when it lost six wickets for 19 runs and was all out for 127. As for the West Indies, Obed McCoy racked up 4-26 and Hayden Walsh contributed 3-23.
With 51 runs and two wickets, Mitch Marsh led the way for the home team. Josh Hazlewood finished with 3-12. Australia’s opener Matthew Wade started off strong with 33 runs from 14 balls, but it was wasted after a late collapse.
Cricket Australia issued a statement to AP after players from both teams kneeled before Mitchell Starc’s first delivery at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.
“The Australian men’s cricket team stands with the West Indies cricket team in condemning racial injustice and discrimination, both at home in Australia, and throughout the world,” the statement said.
“We kneel alongside our West Indian friends to recognize and show our support of all those who have been victims of racial injustice and/or discrimination, past and present.” The man of the match award was given to McCoy. There will be a second competitive match on Saturday in Gros Islet at the same stadium.