Australia were looking for the expected win at 70-3 when they lost six wickets for 19 runs and were all out for 127 in 16 overs. Obed McCoy took 4-26 and Hayden Walsh added 3-23 for the West Indies.
Mitch Marsh scored with 51 points and took two wickets and teammate Josh Hazlewood had 3-12. Opener Matthew Wade kicked off Australia with a good start with 33 points from 14 balls, but was wasted after the late collapse.
Players from both teams knelt shortly before fast pitcher Mitchell Starc’s first handover of the match at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, prompting a later statement from Cricket Australia.
“The Australian men’s cricket team is with the West Indian cricket team in condemning injustice and racial discrimination, both at home in Australia and around the world,” the statement said.
“We kneel next to our friends in the West Indies to recognize and show our support to all those who have been victims of injustice and / or racial discrimination, past and present.”
West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard was injured late, handing Nicholas Pooran the captaincy for the first time.
McCoy was named man of the match.
“I worked really hard … It was all about execution and sticking to the team plan,” McCoy said. “Normally on that surface the ball has good bounce and portability, but I was just trying to vary my pace as much as possible. We were confident and knew we had bowling to support him.”
The Australian captain was brutally honest in his assessment of his team’s belated surrender.
“Whenever you lose six out of 19, you will struggle to win a T20 game,” Finch said. “So we just needed someone to take it on their own and get to the end.
“After the position that Marsh and Wade put us in, just a little bit of playing smarts would have got us across the line, but (we were a little panicked. . You have to dust yourself off and come back with the same attitude, but just perform a little better under pressure. ”
The second match is scheduled for Saturday at the same Gros Islet stadium.