World T20 2014: Match Preview – Australia eye a win against West Indies
West Indies and Australia, the Defending champions and the pre-tournament favourites and neither team has so got to a good start. West Indies started the tournament with adefeat against India, but made a comeback by defeating hosts Bangladesh which improved their NRR, but in a challenging group with teams like Australia and Pakistan it will be a tough progress. Australia too started with a loss to Pakistan in a close match that was highlighted their problems with spin while both facing and bowling. It was always going to be their weakness in these tracks and West Indies will recognized that Glenn Maxwell was the only batsman who really found a proper way against Pakistan’s spinners.
Both the teams will are in need for the win as they going to face each other at Mirpur’s Shere Bangla National Stadium to show a great display of game.
With quality spinners like Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine in opposition it will be interesting to see how this Australian squad resist them. Australia will be depending on their pace bowling with some quality pacers.
This venue hasn’t been affected with rain like other venues. Once again the sky will be clear and with less chances of rain. As the match is scheduled at evening there will be low chances of dew factor.
Spin has played a key role so far in this World T20 at this venue and that is likely to be continued again, with not much pace expected on the wicket.
In this format of the game these both teams have been neck to neck with equal proportion of win-loss. Australia and West Indies have faced each other in T20Is ten times and the equation has been levelled with 5 each. They faced each other in 4 games in the World T20 and are equalled at 2 each. These teams faced in Semi Finals of World T20s twice. Australia beat them in 2010 World T20 and West Indies doing it in 2012.
Darren Sammy is eyeing his 50 Twenty 20 International which will make him the first West Indies player to represent West Indies in 50 Twenty20 Internationals.
Australia will not be making many changes after the loss except bringing All-Rounder James Faulkner. Doug Bollinger may make way for Faulkner, in what can be described as like for like change in the side. With Faulkner’s inclusion batting will also get a boost. Cameron White is the only backup batsman in the group but it will be difficult to see him how can he make into the team.
West Indies may go with an unchanged line-up they played with Bangladesh, but there are some doubts regarding Gayle’s fitness. Gayle looked to have been struck by a sore ankle against Bangladesh, but team management didn’t like to reveal the news about the injury. But Darren Sammy suggested that Gayle will play. Krishmar Santokie bowled well and which once again poured over the hopes of Ravi Rampaul to make into the team.
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