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The battle for a title win on a slow surface
Australia to win
Tournament: Australia tour of West Indies, 2021 | Format: ODI | Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies | Toss: To BatBet Now
West Indies has bounced back and levelled the series with a fantastic win in the 2nd game against Australia. After having played sloppy cricket in the 1st game of the 3-match series, it was a good show from the side as they won the last game by 4 wickets which has set up the decider nicely.
Australians have had a very good record against West Indies in this format. They have won eight out of the last 10 games. The West Indies side has struggled in this format as very few players in the side can play the patient game. There would be pressure on both the sides going into this contest and we expect a cracker of a contest here
Kieron Pollard would be relieved to have won the 2nd game and levelled the series. They had their hiccups with the bat, but the side did manage to get over the finishing line with 12 overs to spare in a low scoring game. Having won the T20 series earlier Pollard would like his side to play its best cricket and win the game and series here.
Evin Lewis has missed out in both games and needs to deliver alongside Shai Hope opening the batting. Jason Mohammad and Darren Bravo played poorly in the last game shall need to set up partnerships with Nicholas Pooran who is looking in great form. Jason Holder played an important knock in the last game and strengthens the lower middle order along with Pollard.
It was a brilliant show from their bowlers in the last game with Holder and Sheldon Cottrell troubling the Aussies with the new ball. Similar show would be expected from them in this game. Hayden Walsh has been brilliant so far in the series and shall aim to keep the opponents under check. They would also look for good show from Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph and Jason Mohammad in this series decider.
Kieron Pollard (c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Mohammad, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein
After the great show in the 1st ODI, Alex Carey’s side played ordinary cricket in the last game to get bundled out for 187 runs. There was no way they could have won the game from there. The side would be under pressure to win this game and the series having already suffered a series loss during the T20s.
Ben McDermott and Josh Phillippe missed out in the last game and the side would need a better show from them in this contest. Moises Henriques has struggled with his batting right through this tour and has do set up partnerships with Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey in the middle order. Ashton Turner, Wes Agar and Matthew Wade have to play the role of finishers well in this game.
Mitchell Starc has looked great in the two games so far and needs to grab early wickets along with Wes Agar. Riley Meredith was expensive in the last game, and he will have a very important role to play in this game. Adam Zampa, Turner and Marsh have bowled good lines and make this bowling attack very strong.
Alex Carey (c & wk), Matthew Wade, Josh Phillippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Wes Agar, Riley Meredith
The skies over Barbados would be cloudy with chances of rains on July 27. The wicket would be a difficult one where the ball isn’t expected to come nicely onto the bat creating doubts in the minds of batsmen. The side that bats first in this game shall be happy with a score of 280 runs on the board.
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados has a difficult batting surface. The ball doesn’t come onto the bat nicely and this often leads to false strokes from the batsmen. There isn’t much on the surface for the fast bowlers. On the other hand, spinners have enjoyed good success over the years using the slowness on the surface to their advantage.
The wicket here is best for batting in the 1st innings and in most of the games played in the past the side chasing the score has found it difficult on a wicket that keeps slowing down. The side that wins the toss in this game should have little hesitation in batting first on this surface.
West Indies did win the last game but not without their own problems. This team isn’t suited to this format of the game as most of their players lack patience to occupy the crease. They will have to work on that area going into this game. Australians on the other hand are looking in magnificent form with the ball and have more depth in the batting and this would put them ahead here.
Australia to win
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