About the Match
Australia’s match against table-toppers South Africa was washed away by rain and they will be now eager to climb up the ladder with a win against hosts West Indies at Bridgetown on 21st June. The Windies had defeated Australia the last time by 4 wickets with more than 4 overs to spare; however, they had suffered a humiliating defeat against the Proteas recently by a massive 139 runs. Australia, on the other hand, will be eager to avenge their previous defeat against the hosts and try to keep their hopes alive with a win on Tuesday.
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.
Against West Indies, they have secured one win at the beginning but also lost a crucial match recently; Khawaja’s brilliant 98 went in vain as the bowlers failed to defend 266 runs despite a good performance by spinners and pacemen alike. Steve Smith and Khawaja posted a 170-run stand for the 2nd wicket after losing Finch in the very first over while Bailey contributed well with 55 runs. However, they will have to come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match if batting first in order to give their bowlers a fighting chance.
Spinners Lyon, Zampa and Maxwell had demolished the Windies earlier with 7 wickets between them while Mitchell Starc and Marsh claimed 3 scalps in total to restrict them to a lowly 116.
Against South Africa, speedsters Hazlewood, Starc and spinner Zampa had continued with their wicket-taking skills, taking 3 scalps each to deny Proteas the required 289 runs. They have a strong bowling outfit and in-form batting line-up that can be a formidable force to reckon with.
Both teams come here at the back of losses and will be eager to make a comeback here; while they both have match-winners on their side, we feel that Australia will go back to its winning ways on Tuesday