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Battle to move up on the points table for Western Australia and Victoria
Western Australia to win
Tournament: Australia Domestic One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
We are into the 11th game of the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 and Western Australia would be up against Victoria in the game at Perth. Both the sides are coming into this game after seeing their previous games being washed away by rains. They have won a game each out of the three games that each of the sides has played and must win this one to move up on the points table.
Western Australia has had an impressive record against Victoria where they have won the last four out of five games. Playing at home in conditions favouring them the side would be very confident about its prospects in this game. It will be interesting to see if Victoria is able to pull off a surprise here in this game.
It was a no show for Shaun Marsh’s side in their last game against New South Wales that was washed away by rains. The side is now sitting in the fourth place on the points table and they will have to win this one by a big margin to rise up and keep their hopes alive for a place in the final. Marsh is leading an exciting bunch of players and shall look at them to deliver their best.
They would be looking for a good start from Cameron Bancroft and Sam Whiteman. The latter has done well and there would be huge responsibility on his shoulders. In the middle order they have good firepower with Josh Inglis, Shaun Marsh and Cameron Green in the side. Nick Hobson and Aaron Hardie have good hitting abilities and they shall need to finish the innings in style.
With the ball the side has struggled in the two games they have played and hence they would be looking for an improved show from Joel Paris and Matthew Kelly with the new ball. Green, Liam O’Connor and Hardie have leaked runs so far and the side would want them to bowl tighter lines and trouble the Victorian batsmen.
Shaun Marsh (c), Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis (wk), Nick Hobson, Aaron Hardie, Joel Paris, Liam Guthrie, Liam O Connor, Matthew Kelly
Peter Handscomb’s side is now sitting in the fifth spot on the points table after they saw their last game against Queensland washed away. The side still has a remote chance of making it to the final and for this they would need a big win here and that’s what Handscomb would be expecting from them here.
They would be looking for a good start from openers Nic Maddinson and Sam Harper with Harper looking in good form at the moment. In Handscomb they have a good player at No. 3 and he would need good support from Matthew Short and Jake Fraser-McGurk. Down the order the side would be expecting good hitting from Xavier Crone and Mackenzie Harvey.
Their bowlers would have to come up with an impressive show in this game with Matthew Short and Xavier Crone in the side. Zak Evans and Brody Couch are in good form with the ball and a good show would be expected from them here. In Wil Parker and Todd Murphy they have good depth in this attack.
Peter Handscomb (c), Nic Maddinson, Sam Harper (wk), Matthew Short, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey, Xavier Crone, Wil Parker, Zak Evans, Todd Murphy, Brody Couch
The weather would be clear at Perth on March 23. The conditions have always been difficult here for the batsmen at the start of the game as the track offers assistance to the fast bowlers. The side batting first would be happy to score in excess of 280 runs on this surface as it will be difficult to chase.
WACA Perth is a lively pitch and the ball tends to move around a bit and the bowlers are able to extract good pace off the surface. Batsmen also find plenty of scoring opportunities as the ball comes on to the bat nicely and the outfield is pretty fast. There isn’t much in this surface for the spinners though.
The conditions would be helpful for the fast bowlers early on in the morning as the ball is expected to move around a bit. The side winning the toss here would like to take full advantage of the conditions by picking early wickets and delivering heavy blows to the opposition.
Victoria has performed poorly so far in the tournament where their batsmen and bowlers have failed to play complimentary roles. They are short of experience in comparison to their opponents. On the other hand Western Australia has a strong batting line-up and has enjoyed a great record against Victoria and this would make them favorites to win this contest here.
Western Australia to win
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