Australian challenge to salvage pride in the 4th game
West Indies to win
West Indies have had it easy so far in the 5-match T20 series and have taken an unassailable 3-0 leader after their 6-wicket win in the last game. The side has played well with the bat and their bowlers have been at the top of their game so far in the series. Their confidence would be sky-high going into this game as they aim to make it 4-0 and march towards a series whitewash.
Australia had come onto this tour with some of their best batsmen having pulled out due to the pandemic fears. They were expected to compete with the good bench strength the side has. However, it has been a subdued show from them so far. With the series already lost, the Aussies would be aiming to win this game and restore their pride and confidence. West Indies would be smelling a huge series win and they would come hard at the visitors in this game.
Nicholas Pooran couldn’t have asked for a better show from his side in the series. They have dominated in all the three games and registered easy wins. Their batting in the middle order has shown improvement and the side would be looking to make it 4-0 with a win in this game. However, Pooran would like to guard against any complacency here.
Andre Fletcher is in poor form, and he will need to improve on his show in the next game and offer a good start with Lendl Simmons. Chris Gayle’s return to form is a huge boost to the side and he strengthens the middle order with Pooran and Dwayne Bravo. Down the order the side would look for a good show from the likes of Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer and Fabian Allen who are powerful hitters of the ball.
It is the West Indies bowling attack that has helped them win games as they haven’t allowed the Australians settle in so far in three games. Hayden Walsh has been the pick of the bowlers and has troubled the visitors along with Bravo. The side would expect tight spells with the new ball from Sheldon Cottrell and Russell. With Obed McCoy and Fabian Allen in the also doing well, they have the attack to win this game.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Obed McCoy
Akeal Hosein, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, ADS Fletcher, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
Aaron Finch would be terribly upset with the performances of his batsmen so far. They haven’t gone above the 150-run mark in either of the three games. The series is already lost, and they would now have to avoid suffering a whitewash. Finch would want his players to bring out their best game here and restore lost pride and confidence with a win in this game.
Finch and Matthew Wade did provide a good start in the last game, but they would have to convert them into big scores in this game. The middle order has looked shaky, and the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey and Moises Henriques must do well here. In Aston Turner and Daniel Christian, the side does have powerful hitters to follow in this game.
Their bowling attack has failed to live up to the expectations. The side would be pleased with Mitchell Starc striking for and he has to deliver quick blows sharing the new ball with Josh Hazlewood. Adam Zampa will have to play an important role in the middle overs and bowl tight spells along with Marsh and Riley Meredith.
Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Ashton Turner, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Riley Meredith
AJ Turner, Aaron Finch, Riley Meredith, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Matthew Wade, DT Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0 mm.||1.35 k/h||75%|
|03h||19||0 mm.||1.79 k/h||From: W||76%|
|06h||19||0.75 mm.||1.62 k/h||From: SE||83%|
|09h||18||0.52 mm.||0.97 k/h||From: W||86%|
|12h||17||0.25 mm.||1.49 k/h||From: N||65%|
|15h||16||0.43 mm.||1.82 k/h||From: N||5%|
|18h||15||0.31 mm.||0.66 k/h||From: W||11%|
|21h||15||0.50 mm.||0.57 k/h||From: SSW||35%|
The skies over St Lucia would be partly cloudy on July 15 and the batting conditions are expected to be tough. The pitch has become slower and hence batsmen would have to spend their time at the crease. The side that bats first in this game would be happy with a score over 170 runs.
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia has been a good venue for the batsmen in the past. The smaller boundaries let batsmen score runs easily and bowlers find these conditions particularly challenging. There is little for the fast bowlers, but spinners have been able to use the slowness of the surface well in the past.
The wicket has seen few games already and it has slowed down since the first game. Batting conditions would be the best at the start of the game, and it would become a bigger challenge chasing a score here. The side that wins the toss in this game is likely to opt for batting first.
Australians have already lost the series in three games, and few would have expected them to do such badly here. Their batting is looking in dire straits. This is the area the side would need to make quick improvements if they are to win this contest. West Indies would have their confidence high and have a bowling attack in great form. This would make them favorites to win this contest.
West Indies to win