Despite Kieron Pollard making a comeback after injury and top-scoring for his team, West Indies had a forgettable outing in the series opener as they were thrashed by Australia by 133 runs in a rain-affected match. Bowlers bowled well as a unit but the batsman couldn’t stand against the fiery Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. If the hosts need to make up their batsman must take responsibility. Shai Hope is expected to make way into the XI as he’s been their most prolific batsman in the 50-over format.
Australia came into the ODI series on the back of a 1-4 defeat in the T20I series. Aaron Finch’s knee injury added to their woes as well. Instead of going into their shell, the tourists stormed back in a rain-curtailed first ODI. Stand-in captain played with responsibility to take his team to a competitive total with useful contributions from Ashton Turner and Mitchell Marsh. With the ball the potent duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were too good for the Windies batters, taking 8 wickets between them. Starc was adjudged as the man of the match for his lethal bowling performance in the series opener.
Key Players (WI VS AUS)
- Alex Carey – Carey has scored 1158 ODI runs at an average of 37.35, whereas he scored a brilliant half-century and was the top scorer for his team in the first ODI. The wicket-keeper batsman is relishing the challenge of leading the team.
- Mitchell Marsh – Mitchell Marsh scored 219 runs in the T20I series at an average of 43.80, whereas he scalped eight wickets in bowling. He is in very good form and in the last game scored 20 runs and took 1 wicket.
- Mitchell Starc – Starc has scalped 189 ODI wickets in 97 games and was the chief destroyer for Australia picking up 5 wickets while bowling at an average of 9 and an economy rate of 6.00.
- Kieron Pollard – The Windies captain, after recovering from injury, looked the best version of himself. He slammed a quick 50 and in the second ODI he would love to play one more such knock but this time in a winning cause.
- Hayden Walsh Jr – Hayden Walsh bagged his first-ever five-wicket haul in ODIs and has continued his great run of form from the T20Is to the one-dayers.
- Evin Lewis – The opener is in stunning form at the moment. He was the second-highest run-scorer for West Indies in the 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka and will hold an important key to Windies’ fightback in the 2nd ODI.
Stats (WI VS AUS)
- Head to head- 141
- Australia- 75
- West Indies- 60
- Shai Hope is 149 runs away from completing 2000 runs as an opener in the format.
- Mitchell Starc is now 8 wickets away from reaching 500 international wickets.
This pitch is suitable for both bowling and batting. It’s easy to bat in the 1st innings as we witnessed in this series. Spinners will be crucial in the middle overs.
Probable Playing XI
West Indies – Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr, Sheldon Cottrell, Alarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein.
Australia – Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Wes Agar, Adam Zampa.
Dream 11 Prediction (WI VS AUS)
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