About the Match
The Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series title clash is set between Australia and England on 1st Feb at Perth and the excited crowds will be anticipating a full-on entertainment here. England won emphatically against India to sail through to the finals and they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; the hosts on the other hand who are very enthusiastic with 3 straight wins, are ruthless when it comes to executing their strategy and move towards victory. It will be very interesting to see which team succeeds in coming out all guns blazing to clinch the title.
Australia won three consecutive matches against England and India and they reached the finals directly; the players proved their strengths when it comes to delivering the goods with both bat and ball. Australia has a well-balanced team with explosive batsmen like Steven Smith, who blasted an unbeaten 102 runs against England in the last match, Aaron Finch hit 96 as his team overcame a spirited performance by Rohit Sharma while Shaun Marsh, Brad Haddin and other batsmen continued with their good performance. On the bowling front, Mitchell Star is in great form; he managed an impressive 4-42 against England and followed that up with an even better 6-43 which earned him a second consecutive man-of-the-match award. Other bowlers like Gurinder Sandhu, who has time and again proved his wicket-taking capabilities along with Cummins, Faulkner and Henriques, are in good form and this squad can demolish the most established batsmen to give their team the required advantage. Australia has always performed well under pressure and we are most likely to see a fierce contest from them on Sunday.
England won the last match against India by 3 wickets and reached the finals; the batsmen successfully chased down the target of 201 runs with James Taylor blasting 82 runs off 163 balls while JC Buttler scored 67 runs off 98 balls. The duo set up a 125-run partnership to secure victory with 19 balls to spare after they had slipped to 66-5. The bowlers did extremely well as Finn took 3-36, Woakes, Broad and Ali took 2 wickets each. Ian Bell and James Taylor continue with their impressive batting form; Taylor has managed three half-centuries in 6 matches while Bell has racked up 141 runs here. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler made five claims and bowlers James Anderson, Moeen Ali, Steven Finn, Woakes and Broad are in remarkable form. This has definitely boosted England’s confidence and they will be ready to bounce back with a much better performance and challenge the hosts on Sunday.
It has been an action filled-series with both teams doing extremely well to get to the finals; the teams have surely made good use of this opportunity to prepare for the World Cup ahead. While Australia rarely makes things easy for the opponent as they have a well balanced team of bowlers and batsmen, we feel that England’s improved batting and bowling performance will still not give them the advantage to score a surprise win over Australia and home side will prevail.
Australia, 1.40 @ Bet365