Australia will face off against West Indies in the fifth T20 match of Australia’s tour of the West Indies. The game will be the last match of a five-match series. Both teams will want to win it, though the Caribbean side has already won the series. It stands currently at 3-1. The two teams will want to play some good live cricket.
The West Indies fluttered in the end, choked and gave away a close win to Australia in the last T20. Andre Russell couldn’t manage 11 runs off the final six balls Mitchell Starc bowled. However, there are quite a few positives the Windies team might take from the loss and one of them is Lendl Simmons’ form. The opener did not only smash a pacey half century but at a point threatened to take the match away single-handedly. Andre Fletcher is still a concern, but Nicholas Pooran is likely to field him in the last T20. They will want to play a good cricket match.
West Indies Squad: Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran(w/c), Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Kieron Pollard, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas, Kevin Sinclair
A grim 4 run win is what Australia come to the final T20 with. They’ve had a very disappointing series. However, Aaron Finch would want to begin the ODIs with confidence and that starts when the Kangaroos win the last T20.
Their winning will largely depend on Mitchell Marsh. The batting all-rounder has been in exceptional form with both bat and ball. The runs don’t stop flowing and he also chips in the important wickets.
Their concerns start with Matthew Wade and Aaron Finch at the top and go to Josh Phillippe’s inconsistency and a bowling attack that is simply not firing.
Australia Squad: Matthew Wade(w), Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Ben McDermott, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Andrew Tye, Mitchell Swepson, Wes Agar, Riley Meredith
Australia and West Indies have faced each other 14 times in T20Is. Australia have won 5 matches and the Windies have emerged victorious on 9 occasions.
The venue is expected to host a free run flow. Spinners are expected to get assistance but if the batsmen manage to play through the middle overs, they can charge in the death. The series is done and dusted. Australia have won a match and one more victory will blunt the hit they took in the series. The West Indies are favourites going into the last game, however, the Australians having tasted success, can go for a win too.
Date and Time:
Saturday, July 17 at 05:00 AM IST (23:30 GMT, July 16)
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia