West Indies will try to continue their winning campaign against Australia, In the second match of tri-nation series, West Indies will be facing Australia at Providence Stadium in Guyana today. West Indies will have an edge over Australia as they have defeated South Africa by four wickets. The match will be played at the same venue so world champion Australia is little tense.
Winning the toss, South African skipper AB de Villiers elected to bat first. Opening batsman gave a good start for Proteas but the batting order collapsed after the down of first wicket. After being out from the team for a period Mysterious spinner Sunil Narine bring the good luck with him and picked up 6 for 27. It restricted the famed batting lineup of the Proteas to a below 188. Chasing the low total, West Indies hastened and lose wickets early but unbeaten fifty of Kieron Pollard took the team to the victory. The Caribbean team will be much aware of the challenges that could be possible faced by Australia and will plan to deal with it effectively.
West Indies will try to continue their winning campaign against Australia
Australia will be happy as their backbone of their bowling attack Mitchell Starc is making a comeback into the Australian side. He had suffered an ankle injury during the historic day-night Test hosted by Australia against New Zealand at Adelaide Oval, last November. He is all charged now and will look forward to dominate the Caribbean batsmen with his toe-crunching yorkers and variations.
Another player who will create hurdle for the West Indies bowling line up is David Warner who is coming back from the Indian Premier League (IPL). He took his team to the victory and also scored marvelously with over 800 runs in 17 matches. Aaron Finch is also in good touch as he was also in good touch in the IPL for Gujarat Lions. The Aussies skipper Steve Smith was ruled out of IPL due to injury. He is likely to start fresh in this new season for his national team. The Aussies will also miss James Faulkner, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Travis Head who will not be playing in the match.
The pitch will support spinners as it did in the first match so Australia will likely to play three spinners- Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, and part timer, Glenn Maxwell. The Caribbean team also have Sunil Narine on the other hand will like to bamboozle the Australians with his variations and try to keep the winning momentum intact for his side. The fate of the match will be decided in the middle-overs which will definitely play a crucial role. The host team West Indies will go for unchanged as it have a settled top-order with opener Johnson Charles and Darren Bravo contributing with 20-30 runs.
The Caribbean middle-order have big hitter Pollard and his all-around performance who can be lethal on his day. Carlos Brathwaite have proved in the IPL. Apart from the batting, the hosts have the pacer Jerome Taylor, Suleiman Benn and Ashley Nurse. Australia might surely be caught in fix if Australia’s all-round performance gets the better of West Indies once again.
West Indies have home advantage playing their condition gives them an edge over Australia. They need to be consistent, if they want to win. But don’t underestimate World Champion Australia who know how to play anywhere.
West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Andre Fletcher, Suleiman Benn, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor
Australia: Steven Smith (Captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon