Man of the Match: Shimron Hetmyer
Test for Australia’s less experienced batting line-up
West Indies to win
Hosts West Indies got off to a perfect start in the 1st game of the 5-match T20 series at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia. In a low scoring game West Indies defeated the Australians by 18 runs to take an early lead in the series. They would look to continue with the same momentum in the next game and expect better efforts from their batsmen.
Australia has lost the last four games they have played against West Indies in this format, and this is something that would be hurting their confidence at the moment. They are without some of their best players in this format and this hurt the side in the last game. It will be interesting to see if the Aussies are able to bounce back in this game and level the series.
Kieron Pollard who missed the last game due to injury couldn’t have asked for a better start to the series. In yet another game in recent weeks when their batting failed, the bowlers stood up to the challenge and defended a low total. Having taken an early lead in the series and knowing Australia’s struggles, Pollard would be looking to make it 2-0 with a win in this game.
Their batsmen aren’t in the best of form and the side would expect a good show here from Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis. Chris Gayle is struggling for form and needs to do well in this game. In the middle order they have good hitters of the ball with Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Pollard. With Russell and Fabian Allen down the order the side has good strength in its batting.
Obed McCoy and Hayden Walsh tore through the Australian batting line-up in the last game and the same would be expected from them here. Fidel Edwards and Fabian Allen would need to bowl tight spells with the new ball as this is where Australians have good strength. Pollard and Russell adds variety to this attack and shall look to trouble the Aussies.
Kieron Pollard (c), Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards
Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, ADS Fletcher, Hayden Walsh, Fidel Edwards, Sheldon Cottrell, LMP Simmons, Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
It was a disastrous show from Australia’s batsmen that saw Aaron Finch’s side go down in the first game. They would have counted their chances after restricting the hosts to a small total but from thereon their batsmen just didn’t stay on the crease leading to the loss. Finch would want his batsmen to play to their potential to level the series in this game.
Finch and Matthew Wade would have to provide the side with a good start here as they have a relatively inexperienced middle order. Mitchell Marsh did well in the last game and needs to build partnerships with Moises Henriques and Josh Phillippe. In Ben McDermott, Daniel Christian, and Ashton Agar they have good depth in their batting.
Their bowlers did a good job in the last game with Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh bowling good lines and not allowing the West Indies batting order to break through. However, the side would expect tighter spells from Mitchell Starc and Ashton Agar with the new ball. Adam Zampa and Christian need to keep the scoring rate under check in this game.
Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Ben McDermott, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, DT Christian, Adam Zampa, Moises Henriques, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0 mm.||3.62 k/h||From: SSW||0%|
|03h||18||0 mm.||3.4 k/h||From: S||23%|
|06h||18||0 mm.||2.94 k/h||From: SSE||45%|
|09h||16||0 mm.||2.45 k/h||From: SSE||93%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||1.85 k/h||From: SW||50%|
|15h||12||0 mm.||2.21 k/h||From: SW||5%|
|18h||11||0 mm.||2.13 k/h||From: SW||4%|
|21h||11||0 mm.||1.9 k/h||From: SW||3%|
The skies over St Lucia would be overcast on July 11 and we might even see rains during the game. It isn’t going to be an easy wicket to bat on as there is slowness on the surface, and this would create doubts in the mind of the batsmen. The side batting first here would be happy to reach a score of 170 or more considering the conditions.
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia has usually been a good batting surface. The smaller boundaries make it easy for the big hitters to clear the fence. Fast bowlers have to mix the lengths to do well here, and spinners enjoy good success as the ball can turn sharply on occasions.
In the last six games played in West Indies the side batting first has gone on to win on five occasions. The pitch is expected to get slower as the game progresses and this will create problems for the side chasing. Hence, the side winning the toss would look to bat first in the game.
Australians would be under extreme pressure in this game given the way they lost the last game. Their batting is looking slightly rusty at the moment and the inexperience was seen in the last game. West Indies too have their issues with the batting as most of their middle order batsmen look out of form. It is expected to be a close game but West Indies playing at home would start favorites in this game.
West Indies to win