Johnson Charles set West Indies on course for a big total and Kieron Pollard took three late wickets to guide the Twenty20 world champion to a 27-run win over an understrength Australia in a one-off match on Wednesday.

Charles scored 57 from 48 balls as West Indies posted 191-6.

With Australia’s 17—man test squad already in India, the second—string lineup was always under pressure despite a recent 5—0 ODI series sweep against West Indies.

They were on track during a 74—run second—wicket partnership between Adam Voges (51) and Shaun Marsh (21) before both were run out within four balls as Australia dropped from 79—1 to finish at 164—8 after 20 overs.

Pollard just missed a hat trick in his late spell, and returned 3—30.

Gayle recalled

The Twenty20 world champion West Indies welcomed back Chris Gayle from injury Wednesday and elected to bat first after winning the toss in a one-off match against an under-strength Australia team.

Gayle missed the last matches in the 5-0 loss to Australia in the limited-overs international series and his return is a significant boost for the Caribbean team.

Australia is missing its frontline players for the T20 match, with a 17-member squad already in India preparing for a four-test series.


Australia George Bailey (captain), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Ben Rohrer, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Josh Hazlewood.

West Indies Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Narsingh Deonarine, Devon Thomas, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Tino Best.

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