About the Match
With 25 points in their kitty and remaining undefeated in the on-going Matador BBQ limited-overs cricket down under, Western Australia moved closer to making it to the finals of the tournament after a convincing win against Victoria; they now take on Queensland, which has 20 points and is a close second on the points table, in the last league match of the tournament on 22nd Oct at Sydney. Queensland emerged victorious in an exhilarating win against Tasmania by successfully chasing down 399 runs with 2 overs to spare; with more than eight hundred runs scored on the field in this particular match, Queensland proved its abilities and has definitely emerged as a strong contender in the upcoming stage of the series.
Nathan Coulter-Nile continues to be the leading wicket-taker here and with his 5-wicket haul against Victoria in the last match, re-asserted his position as a strong asset for his team; along with Joel Paris and Nathan Rimmington, Coulter-Nile restricted the opponents to 213 runs, dismissing them by the 49th over. In the batting line-up, Adam Voges posted an unbeaten 83 off 99 deliveries and partnered with Turner to put up an 83-run stand for the 5th wicket; earlier Harris also played very well, making 69 off 86 balls to help them build a strong foundation in the chase. The team has a well-balanced mix of result-oriented bowlers, who keep the wickets coming rendering the opponents helpless either in setting up targets or while chasing, and in-form batsmen who give their best to take the team safely home. This side is a strong unit and is difficult to beat irrespective of the situations on the ground; however, they need to be cautious against Queensland who have recently won big and will have the psychological advantage here.
While the bowlers were ineffective against Tasmania, giving away too many runs and ending up facing a target of 399 runs, the batsmen led by Usman Khawaja and Chris Hartley smashed away sixes and fours to steer the team towards victory. Posting a massive 166 off 110 deliveries, Khawaja displayed a brilliant innings to ensure they had it covered early on in the chase; Hartley has been impressive and his 142 off 120 balls was a big contribution in the win. Joe Burns, Reardon and Forrest have been playing well too and will be a great asset in the middle; on the bowling front, Peter George who has been successful with the wickets, needs to go back to his winning rhythm and provide support to the team and others like Hopes, Feldman and Boyce too must ensure that the opponents don’t get away with the easy runs. While Queensland definitely looks strong before the start of the next stage, they will have to ensure to keep the winning momentum going if they want to move ahead on a positive note.
Though the match will be well fought by both sides, Western Australia with its undefeated record looks unconquerable; on the other hand, Queensland with its recent victory is riding a wave of enthusiasm and it looks difficult to be beaten no matter who the opponent is. While the contest will go down to the wire, Western Australia is slightly better placed in terms of consistent performance and will come out victorious.
Western Australia, 1.80 @ TitanBet