Australian batting’s test to save the series
West Indies to win
The Australians now have to play a catchup game as they go into the 3rd game of the 5-match T20. They have lost the two games played so far and come into this contest suffering a 56-run loss in the last game in what was another poor day with the bat for the side. The West Indies on the other hand would be charged up after their impressive 2-0 lead in the series and shall look to seal the series in three straight games.
Australians came into series without some of their top batsmen and it is the batting which has been the weak area for the side so far. They need to pull up their socks and win this game to avoid a series defeat. West Indies have got their tails up at the moment and their batting has finally regained form and it shall be interesting to see if the Aussies are able to write a different script here.
Nicholas Pooran who is leading in absence of Kieron Pollard would be extremely happy with the performance of his side. Their middle order which was struggling for a while did well in the last game and this would impress the skipper most. They are on verge of a series win here and Pooran would want his players to deliver their best performance in this game.
Lendl Simmons has played well, and he would look to offer the side with an electrifying start alongside Andre Fletcher. Chris Gayle has struggled, and the side would expect a big one from him here. In the middle order the side looks good with Shimron Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell in good form. In Pooran and Fabian Allen the side has good hitters to follow, and runs would be expected from them.
Their bowlers have done a good job in both the games and exploited Australia’s weaknesses. Fidel Edwards and Sheldon Cottrell would have to get early breakthroughs for the side in this game. Hayden Walsh has done well in both the games and there would be big expectations from him. With Bravo, Allen and Russell in the mix they have a good bowling attack going into this game.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards
Obed McCoy, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, ADS Fletcher, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, LMP Simmons, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
Aaron Finch’s side finds itself in deep trouble at the moment. Their batting hasn’t just been able to match up to the challenge thrown at them and their bowlers too went for runs in the last game. The side needs to regroup and put the losses behind. Finch would be expecting a stronger show from his players as they go into this game and avoid fourth consecutive series loss.
Finch and Matthew Wade are the most experienced batsmen in this team and the side would need a good show from them in this game. In Mitchell Marsh and Josh Phillippe, the side has good players in the middle and runs would be expected from the. The likes of Ben McDermott, Daniel Christian and Moises Henriques will have to contribute down the order which they have failed to do so far.
Their bowling was torn apart in the last game and the side would need early breakthroughs from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood as both bring in huge experience to this line-up. Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar will have to make use of the slowness in the surface and trouble the opponents. Tight spells would also be expected from Marsh and Christian 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
AJ Turner, Aaron Finch, Riley Meredith, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, DT Christian, Adam Zampa, Moises Henriques, Josh Hazlewood
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||1.42 k/h||From: W||20%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||0.65 k/h||From: W||13%|
|06h||18||0 mm.||0.62 k/h||From: NNE||18%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||1.87 k/h||From: N||7%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||1.48 k/h||From: NNW||37%|
|15h||14||0 mm.||0.86 k/h||From: NW||100%|
|18h||13||0 mm.||1.56 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||0.58 k/h||From: SW||80%|
The skies over St Lucia would have the odd clouds on July 13 and the batting conditions are expected to be slightly challenging. The pitch although slow has played well in both the games so far. The side batting first in this game would need to aim a score of 170 runs to feel safe on this surface.
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia has been famous for being a batsman friendly ground. The smaller boundaries let batsmen score runs easily and we have seen big scores here. There is little for the fast bowlers on this surface while spinners who toss the ball up have done well in the past.
The wicket is expected to have some assistance for the bowlers early on in the game and in most T20 games these days sides prefer to chase scores. Hence, we don’t expect the captains to have any doubts in their minds at the toss and chose to bowl first on this surface.
It is a do-or-die situation for the Australians. They have been battered in both the games where their batting line-up has been schooled by the West Indies. They would have to make improvements on this front in this game. West Indies on the other hand look in a positive frame of mind and shall press hard for a win which will earn them the series as well. The hosts would start outright favorites to win this game.
West Indies to win