Australia will face off against West Indies in the third and final ODI match of Australia’s tour of the West Indies. This will be the decider between the two teams. Both sides will want to want to win it to end the tour on a high. It should be a good game between two sides playing really positive cricket at present.
After losing the first game to Australia, the home side made a great comeback in the second one. They beat Australia to tie the series at 1-1. After getting the Aussies out for just 187 in 47.1 overs, the West Indies chased it down with four wickets in hand. The reached the target with 12 overs left to spare. Nicholas Pooran, who failed to impress in any IPL match, scored 59* (75) to earn the Player Of The Match award.
Pooran got some support from Jason Holder (52) and Shai Hope (39). Though the West Indies bowled really well, they will need to bat well too in order to win the final game and the series.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard(c), Nicholas Pooran(w), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Obed McCoy, Akeal Hosein, Andre Fletcher, Fidel Edwards, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh, Oshane Thomas, Kevin Sinclair
WI Playing XI- Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein
The travelling side would have been so disappointed with their batting performance. Their top and middle order had a major collapse and none of the players scored any significant runs. This forced the lower order to fight hard to reach a respectable score. After a decent fight, they reached the total of 187, before being bowled out.
If Australia wants to win this series, they can’t repeat a performance likes this. They will definitely have to bat better and bowl better as well. A repeat performance of the last game will certainly mean another loss. That is something the players will not want at all.
Australia: Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(w), Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Ashton Turner, Daniel Christian, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Wes Agar
AUS Playing XI- Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey (c & wk), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Wes Agar, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
The two teams have faced each other in the ODI format 140 times. Australia has won 74 times, while the Caribbean side has won 60 times. There have been three ties and three games have had no result
The home side has already won the T20 series and will want to take that confidence into this game as well. They will want to beat this weak team of the visitors, which has a lot of players resting at present. The T20 series ended 4-1 in favour of the hosts. They will now want to win this series 2-1 as well and build more momentum.
Date and Time:
Tuesday, July 27th at at 00:00 AM IST (19:30 GMT, July 26th)
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados