About the Match
The Aussie bowlers powered the team to an emphatic comeback victory over South Africa to lead the table with 9 points; they will now go up against West Indies, who are in the third place with 4 points, on 13th June at Basseterre. The hosts have previously suffered defeat against Australia and will be eager to bounce back with a much-needed win here; they were successful against South Africa and will try to repeat that magic on Monday.
They were stumped by the Aussie spinners last time around and will need to put up a better fight here if they want to overcome the deadly combination of pace and spin from Australia; the batting line-up consists of strong players like Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles and Kieron Pollard, who have immense experience in this format. In the game against South Africa, Pollard’s unbeaten run-a-ball 67 helped them chase down 189 runs comfortably while Charles and Bravo played useful knocks.
Sunil Narine continues to enthral with his spin magic and he was vital to the attack against Australia, taking 2-36; his 6-27 demolished South Africa helping them win the opening match by 4 wickets. With Sulieman Benn, who claimed a wicket against Australia, they have a good spin attack; Brathwaite, Holder, Taylor and Pollard bring their fast-bowling techniques to the table and can provide regular breakthroughs.
All-rounder captain Holder, Denesh Ramdin and Carlos Brathwaite, who can stabilize the middle order, will need to be cautious in case of a top-order collapse, as was seen in the game against Australia when they got all-out for just 116. With proper strategy and determination, West Indies can surely tame Australia this time around.
David Warner continues his excellent form from the IPL and has posted brilliant knocks in both the wins so far; his superb 109 from 120 helped build the foundation against South Africa while his unbeaten run-a-ball 55 steered the team to victory against the Windies chasing down 117 runs in just over 25 overs. Khawaja and Steve Smith scored well-made half-centuries to help them get to 288 runs against the Proteas, batting first.
While the spinners Lyon, Zampa and Maxwell broke the spine of the Windies’ batting line-up, it was the pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Hazlewood that cleaned up South Africa’s top-order, taking 3 wickets each in regular intervals. Zampa was phenomenal yet again as he registered a figure of 3-52 against South Africa; the bowlers are in very good form and look good to continue with their destructive tactics against any opposition.
The batting line-up looks strong with in-form batsmen like Warner, Finch, Khawaja, Smith and Wade; Bailey, Maxwell, Marsh and Faulkner can contribute well in keeping the scoreboard ticking. The fast bowling squad is quite deep with Starc, Hazlewood and Faulkner while the spin department can throw in quite many surprises to stifle the opponents here.
Australia has the psychological advantage as they have defeated the Windies before and have a boosted morale with their recent win against South Africa; however, the hosts can pack a mean punch when pushed to a corner, but we feel that Aussies will maintain their domination and hit with another a win here