WI vs AUS, 1st T20I

Match Preview –

 West Indies will face Australia in the 1st match of a 5-Match T20I series at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia on 10 July 2021. Despite playing a full-strength eleven, West Indies lost the T20I series against South Africa by a 3-2 margin. There is no doubt about their bowling capabilities, but batters have struggled to keep up the run rate.

Australia have named a slightly inexperienced squad for both the tours but will have an excellent opportunity for some players to cement their spot in the squad for the upcoming T20I World Cup.

Pitch and Weather Report –

The Pitch is conducive for the seam bowlers. The batters should play initial overs without throwing their wickets. It is quite difficult to score runs in the middle overs. Anything close to 170 is a competitive score on this venue.

Overcast clouds with temperatures at 26-27 ° C.

Venue Stats (T20)

Total matches                        23

Matches won batting first       10

Matches won bowling first      13

Average 1st Inns scores          137

Average 2nd Inns scores         124

Highest total recorded           197/7 (19.5 Ov) by AUS vs PAK

Lowest total recorded            72/10 (20 Ov) by BAN-W vs SL-W

Highest score chased            197/7 (19.5 Ov) by AUS vs PAK

Lowest score defended          97/7 (20 Ov) by SL-W vs BAN-W

Top 2 Wicketkeeper picks

1) Matthew Wade – The left-handed batsman is known for his grit and determination. He had a good run in his domestic career. He is in good form and will be beneficial in this series.

Matches – 38

Runs – 526

Average – 21.91

2) Nicholas Pooran – The left-handed batsman is a young talent from the West Indies who proved to be an asset in the last series against South Africa.

Matches – 32

Runs – 463

Average – 19.29

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Evin Lewis – This left-handed batsman has been moving up in his performance in the past few matches and even scored a half century in the last match against South Africa.

Matches – 40

Runs – 1167

Average – 31.54

2) Aaron Finch – The right-handed batsman played phenomenally in the last series against New Zealand. He has improved his form since then and will smash the next innings too.

Matches – 71

Runs – 2346

Average – 38.45

3) Chris Gayle – The left-handed batsman carves through the covers off either foot, and has the ability to decimate the figures of even the thriftiest of opening bowlers. He has the potential to destroy the bowling lineup of Australia in the next match.

Matches – 65

Runs – 1712

Average – 30.57

4) LMP Simmons – The right-handed opening batsman has strokes all around the ground and is one of the T20 specialists from the West Indies. He has potential to play well in this format.

Matches – 60

Runs – 1334

Average – 26.68

Top 3 Bowler Picks

1) Dwayne Bravo – The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium bowler is a player with plenty of flair and skill both as a batsman and seam bowler. He is in good form and will be a wise choice for the upcoming match.

Matches – 79

Wickets – 72

Economy – 8.13

2) Josh Hazlewood – The right-arm fast medium bowler is an accurate fast bowler who is unrelenting in his line and length. He is in good form and will be beneficial for this series.

Matches – 9

Wickets – 9

Economy – 9.19

3) Mitchell Starc – The left-arm fast bowler was at times unplayable, his inswingers rattling stumps and trapping batsmen in front. He is a skilful player who can turn the match in his favour.

Matches – 35

Wickets – 47

Economy – 6.95

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Andre Russell – The right-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler is one of the best players from his team. He is currently in good form.

Matches – 54

Runs – 602

Average – 19.41

Wickets – 30

Economy – 9.14

2) Ashton Agar – The left-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler has a lot of potential to play an excellent innings in the upcoming matches.

Matches – 32

Runs – 176

Average – 13.53

Wickets – 38

Economy – 6.87

3) Kieron Pollard – The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium bowler is an experienced player in this format. He’ll be an asset for his team in the upcoming matches.

Matches – 84

Runs – 1343

Average – 24.41

Wickets – 38

Economy – 8.42

Predicted Playing 11

West Indies – Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder /Akeal Hosein, Dwayne Bravo, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards

Australia – Aaron Finch (c), Josh Philippe, Matthew Wade, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye / Riley Meredith, Josh Hazlewood

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