With Kieron Pollard coming into the XI, Fidel Edwards could be dropped from the side after failing to pick up wickets against Australia in the game played at St. Lucia.
For West Indies, Andre Russell played exceedingly well and notched up his maiden fifty of his T20I career. He smashed three fours and five sixes to help West Indies push their score beyond the 140-run mark.
Opener Lendl Simmons continued his attacking approach with the bat and scored 27 off 28 with the help of two fours and two sixes. Shimron Hetymer and Nicholas Pooran also produced crucial runs with the bat to help West Indies post a decent total on the board.
The inclusion of Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. worked wonders for the West Indies in the series opener. He picked key wickets of Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, and Daniel Christian in his four-over spell. His spin partner, Fabian Allen, put in a tidy performance and claimed 2 for 24 in his three overs.
So far this summer, pacer Obed McCoy has been nothing short of sensational and bagged another four-wicket haul for West Indies at St. Lucia.
In the series opener, Josh Hazlewood picked up three wickets while all-rounder Mitchell Marsh as West Indies were restricted to a modest total of 145 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Apart from Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade, the rest of the Australian players struggled against the spin duo of Fabian Allen and Hayden Walsh. The visitors will need to come with better plans to lessen the threat of West Indies spinners.
Chasing 146 runs for victory, Captain Aaron Finch perished in the second over of the innings. Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh led the fightback with a 38-run partnership for the second wicket.
Wicket-keeper Matthew Wade showed positive intent from the start and smashed a quick-fire 33 off 14 balls. For Australia, Mitchell Marsh fought a lone battle as he scored his maiden half-century in the T20 format. The All-rounder duo of Moises Henriques and Daniel Christian failed to capitalize on their good starts after scoring 16 and 10 runs respectively.
The inexperienced players like Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott failed to adjust to the conditions and perished for low scores.
Despite having six bowling options, Australian bowlers looked less potent as compared to their West Indies counterparts on the St. Lucia surface.
Ashton Agar, who was taking wickets for fun in the T20 format, went wicketless and conceded 28 runs in his three overs. His spin partner, Adam Zampa also failed to pick up a wicket in his three overs.
Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc proved a bit too expensive in his four-over spell, giving away 40 runs.