The big battle between Queensland and Western Australia
Western Australia to win
It is the 6th game of the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 and this would be an interesting one. Both the sides have won their respective opening games and shall carry this confidence forward. Western Australia won a high scoring game against South Australia while Queensland started their season with a convincing win against Tasmania.
Western Australia’s batsmen look in great form and they put up a big score in the last game and this is something that would be adding to their confidence here. Given the strengths that the two sides have we should have an interesting game on our hands which is expected to go down the wire.
Queensland has started its campaign in this season on the right note and skipper Usman Khawaja would be happy with the performance of his side. They kept Tasmania to a small total in the game and chased it down comfortably in the end. As the side goes into the next game Khawaja would look to lead from the front and move up on the points table.
Usman Khawaja was unlucky to have missed out on a hundred in the last game and shall look to provide a good start with Sam Heazlett. The side has a strong middle order with Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw. All of them got starts in the last game and shall look to convert here. In Jimmy Peirson and Jack Wildermuth they have good hitters down the order and this would add to their confidence in the game.
Mark Steketee and Wildermuth shall need to bowl tighter spells with the new ball as they were expensive in the last game early on. Xavier Bartlett and Billy Stanlake were brilliant and the side would want to see a similar show from them in this game. In Labuschagne and Matthew Kuhnemann they have good depth in their bowling.
Usman Khawaja (c), Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Heazlett, Matt Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Billy Stanlake
Shaun Marsh would be highly impressed with the form his batsmen showed in the last game. In spite of missing some of their top players the side put up a huge score of 369 runs to win the game against South Australia by 13 runs. Marsh would want to see better efforts with the ball from his bowlers as they nearly threw away the last game.
Sam Whiteman and Cameron Bancroft got starts in the last game and the team would be looking for better show from them here. Shaun Marsh and Cameron Green would be confident after their hundreds in the last game and look to carry the form forward. Josh Inglis, Nick Hobson and Aaron Hardie are good hitters of the ball down the order adding strength to their batting.
Their bowling attack took bit of pounding in the last game and better efforts would be expected with the new ball from Joel Paris and Charles Stobo with the new ball. In the middle overs the side would expect better lines from Green, Liam Guthrie and Hardie as all of them went for runs in the last game.
Shaun Marsh (c), Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis (wk), Nick Hobson, Aaron Hardie, Joel Paris, Liam Guthrie, Liam O Connor, Charles Stobo
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||26||0.63 mm.||2.56 k/h||From: ESE||87%|
|03h||27||1.95 mm.||3.39 k/h||From: ENE||87%|
|06h||27||1.02 mm.||4.5 k/h||From: ENE||95%|
|09h||25||0 mm.||3.2 k/h||From: ENE||95%|
|12h||24||0.18 mm.||3.17 k/h||From: NE||95%|
|15h||23||1.80 mm.||1.96 k/h||From: ENE||8%|
|18h||23||0.62 mm.||0.88 k/h||From: N||49%|
|21h||24||0.51 mm.||0.76 k/h||From: NNE||98%|
Weatherman predicts heavy rains for Brisbane on March 11 and we should be lucky to see a complete game. The ball would do a lot on the surface and batsmen would need to mix caution with aggression here. The side that bats first would be eying a total of 270 runs which shall be good in these conditions.
The Gabba, Brisbane is a great venue for One Day cricket where the small size of the ground offers plenty of run scoring opportunities for the batsmen. Fast bowlers do get good bargain from the surface in the early overs. The ball takes turn here but the spinners have little room for error due to the ground’s dimensions.
The wicket here can be tricky one to bat on in the first innings as the ball moves a lot and can induce false strokes. We have seen mediocre scores here in the recent games that have been played. Hence, the side that wins the toss would be opting to bowl here in this game.
It will be an extremely close game given the kind of starts the two sides have got in the tournament. Queensland has a good bowling attack and they are likely to put up a stiff challenge for the Western Australia batsmen in this game. Western Australia had put up a huge score on the board and based on the batting strength they would start slightly ahead in this game.
Western Australia to win