Australia had a forgettable outing in the opening T20I of the five-match series against the West Indies. After bowling exceptionally, the visitors succumbed to a horrendous batting collapse where they lost six wickets for 19 runs.
Mitchell Marsh scored a fifty, but his valiant efforts went in vain. The second game is scheduled to take place on Saturday in St Lucia itself and the Aussies need a win to make a comeback.
The Caribbean team, meanwhile, stood up to the task in the absence of Kieron Pollard, who missed the game due to a niggle. Another exciting match seems to be on the cards.
Match – West Indies vs Australia – 2nd match
Venue – Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
Time – 05:00 AM IST (July 11), 07:30 PM local time (July 10)
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in St Lucia was an excellent one for batting as the Aussies notched 60 runs in the powerplay. However, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh Jr, and Josh Hazlewood showed that bowling wasn’t all that tough.
Although the chasing team lost the previous game, batting second should be the way forward. There will be intermittent clouds during game-time, but with no chances of rain.
Avg score: 157 (14 T20Is in St Lucia)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 8, Lost – 6, N/R – 0
Playing combination for WI vs AUS
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer/Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran (C and WK), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh Jr, Fidel Edwards, Obed McCoy
Bench: Andre Fletcher, Hayden Walsh Jr, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Kevin Sinclair, Shimron Hetmyer/Kieron Pollard
Aaron Finch (C), Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott/Ashton Turner, Moises Henriques, Ashton Agar, Daniel Christian, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Bench: Ashton Turner/Ben McDermott, Alex Carey, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Riley Meredith
WI vs AUS Head-to-Head
Played – 12 | West Indies – 7 | Australia – 5 | N/R – 0
In West Indies
Played – 5 | West Indies – 3 | Australia – 2 | N/R – 0