Australia beat West Indies in first T20

HOBART: Australia’s run of victories continues as they won the first Twenty20 after defeating West Indies in the series of Tests and One-day Internationals.

Shane Watson and David Warner provided Australia an aggressive start of 83 from just 47 balls when the matcch began here at Bellerive Oval on Sunday.

Warner played a fine innings of 49 while Watson made 37. Brad Haddin also scored a brisk 37 as Australia compiled 179 for eight in the allotted 20 overs.

Set a challenging 180 to win their first match on Australian soil this summer, the tourists slumped to 53 for six before a 73-run partnership between Denesh Ramdin (44 off 26 balls) and Runako Morton (40 from 40) added some respectability.

The Windies eventually finished 141 for eight from their 20 overs.

Fast bowler Shane Tait (three for 30) was named man-of-the-match and was well supported by Dirk Nannes (three for 21) and Mitchell Johnson (two for 28).

The second T20 match will be played on Tuesday at Sydney.