Man of the Match: Nathan Coulter-Nile
Defending Champions Australia take on spirited West Indies at Nottingham
Our Prediction is Australia to win the match!
Reigning Champions Australia will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they face West Indies in the 10th game of ICC Cricket World Cup in Nottingham on Thursday.
Aaron Finch and co. produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Afghanistan in their opening game. The side will be looking to build on their good performance and do well against West Indies in this game.
On the other hand, Captain Jason Holder has clearly stated his intentions that the side is here to win the World Cup. It certainly showed as they delivered a scintillating bowling performance to register a comfortable win over Pakistan. Holder will be hoping that West Indies can continue their consistency with bat and ball in this game.
The side will be feeling confident after an impressive performance against Afghanistan in a game played at Bristol. Aaron Finch-led unit will need to guard against complacency as West Indies are no more pushovers in this competition.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Usman Khuwaja to do the bulk of the scoring. Captain Aaron Finch played well in the game played against Afghanistan. He scored a quick-fire 66 runs off 49 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes. He put on a 96-run partnership with David Warner to set the tone for the chase against Afghanistan.
David Warner produced a composed innings in his comeback game for Australia. Left-hander remained unbeaten till the end and scored 89 off 114 balls with the help of eight boundaries. The likes of Aaron Finch and Usman Khuwaja will be keen to continue their good form against West Indies.
Usman Khuwaja, Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell will certainly be keen to produce decent scores for the side in this game. Smith got to spend time at the crease against Afghanistan and scored 18 off 27 balls with the help of one boundary.
The lower-order comprising of wicket-keeper Alex Carey, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile can provide quick runs at the back end of the innings. Stoinis and Carey will be hoping that they can get a chance to bat in this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins to deliver the goods with the new-ball. Starc bowled seven overs and picked up crucial of Mohammad Shehzad in the previous game. Cummins was the standout for Australia in this game and finished with three wickets to his name. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa also picked up three wickets in the game played against Afghanistan.
Aaron Finch (captain), Adam Zampa, David Warner, Usman Khuwaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Lyon/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc.
Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
The side managed to deliver a terrific performance against Pakistan in their opening fixture of the competition. Jason Holder will feel that the side will need to improve their game further in order to compete against Australia at Nottingham.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, and Shimron Hetmyer to do the bulk of the scoring. Gayle looked in menacing form against Pakistan and smashed a brisk half-century to see West Indies canter to a comfortable win. Left-hander scored 50 off 34 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. Shai Hope and Darren Bravo perished for low scores against Pakistan. The duo will be keen to strong comeback with the bat against Australia.
Middle-order consists of aggressive players like Shimron Hetymer, Nicholas Pooran, and Andre Russell, who can change the complexion of the game in a matter of few overs. Pooran played well in the game against Pakistan and smashed unbeaten 34 off 19 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. All-rounder Andre Russell has been in exceptional form with the bat in the last three months. He will be looking to go berserk with the bat against Australia.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, and Oshane Thomas. The pace trio did most of the damage for West Indies and picked up eight wickets between them. Rookie pacer Oshane Thomas bowled well and finished with 4 for 27 against Pakistan in the previous game.
Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Ashley Nurse, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
We can expect a placid pitch prepared for this game as well. The spinners will definitely come into play in the second half of the game. The weather forecast for the game on Thursday is going to be light rain showers with a gentle breeze.
Trent Bridge in Nottingham is going to host the game between West Indies and Australia. This is going to be the third game of the tournament played at this venue. Expect a high-scoring game between the two teams. West Indies will be confident as they managed to win a game against Pakistan at this venue.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bat first on this surface. The quick bowlers might some assistance off the pitch in the initial overs.
Australia will be confident of beating the West Indies in this contest. With the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins in excellent form, Australia will be hard to beat in this game.
On the other hand, West Indies have pretty one-dimensional bowling lineup with no genuine spinners in the squad. The bowling could struggle on flat pitches that offer nothing for quick bowlers.
Expect Australia to overcome West Indies in this game.
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