About the Match
A thumping win for hosts West Indies against South Africa by 4 wickets in the tri-series opener has given them 4 points and they will be eager to triumph over Australia when they face them on 5th June at Providence for the second match. Chasing 188 in the 50-over match, the Windies’ top-order faltered but they came back strong to cross the finish line with ease; the hosts will up the ante to keep their winning momentum going but the Aussies will not give up without a fight. It needs to be seen which one of them will stand the test on Sunday to emerge victorious.
Kieron Pollard making his return to international cricket, scored an unbeaten run-a-ball 67 to help them chase the target successfully against the Proteas; at No.6, he will continue to be a strong asset in the middle-order. Bravo and Charles contributed well but the others will have to pull up their socks in the upcoming match against the Aussie pace.
The bowling squad has the sensational Sunil Narine, who spun his magic in the first match taking a stupendous 6-27; his clever spells demolished the famed batting line-up of South Africa and along with others like Brathwaite, Holder and Taylor, who took 4 wickets between them and also stifled the opposition, they restricted the visitors to 188 runs getting them all-out in 47 overs.
The team has reinvented itself and they look raring to go with bat and ball; batsmen like Samuels, Ramdin, Fletcher and Brathwaite will have to keep their eyes open and grab the opportunity to overcome the Aussie challenge on Sunday.
Steve Smith will lead the side that consists of experienced batsmen like David Warner, who has recently led the Sunrisers to their first IPL victory, George Bailey, Aaron Finch, opener Usman Khawaja, Maxwell and Matthew Wade in the middle-order. They have plenty of all-rounders like Maxwell, James Faulkner and the captain Steve Smith himself.
The pace attack will be led by Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile while Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland and Faulkner add depth to the squad and have tremendous experience in this format of the game. Spinners like Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Maxwell and Travis Head bring variety to the attack while part-timers like Warner, Finch and Smith have the ability to pull off surprises against any opposition.
Overall, they are a strong unit with a good combination of batting stalwarts and bowling experts; if they can adapt to the conditions well and execute the plan to perfection, then nothing can stop them from winning here.
West Indies has received a major morale boost after their victory against South Africa; with the home advantage as well, appear good to go the distance. However, Australia has many match-winners in its side, who will leave no stone unturned to conquer the hosts and we feel they are better placed to emerge victorious here on Sunday.