Australia hadn’t played any international cricket in a long time. Despite some fresh faces, the obvious flaws in their T20 batting persist. When faced with a relatively simple scenario of 41 runs to win in 60 balls with six wickets in hand, Australia decided to ignore all logic and play as if they needed 141 runs. The shot selection was poor, and they missed a golden opportunity to begin their tour on a high note.
However, we can see West Indies’ strength in Australia’s weakness. Because of their depth, they can never be written out, and this applies not only to their bowling effort but also to Andre Russell’s batting performance. After Josh Hazlewood pressed his claims for more T20I games with a great powerplay bowling effort, Russel’s 28-ball 51 led the Windies to a defendable total.
The Windies now have the opportunity to grab a 2-0 series lead and gain some momentum. After losing the series to South Africa and playing without regular skipper Kieron Pollard in the first game, a 2-0 series lead can give them a lot of confidence as the T20 World Cup approaches.
How’s the pitch at Daren Sammy National Stadium St. Lucia for 2nd T20I
The surface appeared to be suitable for batting, with bad strokeplay, rather than the pitch, being the cause of many batsmen’s failure. It remains to be seen whether the same pitch will be used for this match, although a good batting pitch with some support for spinners (and slower balls) can be expected.
This match is expected to be windier, with occasional rains throughout the day. However, there shouldn’t be too much rain to have a substantial impact on the game. Dew may be seen by the breeze, but it will not be a factor.
If Kieran Pollard is ruled out, the Windies may play the same lineup that won the first T20I.
1.Lendl Simmons, 2. Evin Lewis, 3. Chris Gayle, 4. Shimron Hetmyer, 5. Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), 6. Andre Russell, 7. Fabian Allen, 8. Dwayne Bravo, 9. Hayden Walsh Jr, 10. Obed McCoy, 11. Fidel Edwards
- Aaron Finch (c), 2. Matthew Wade (wk), 3. Mitchell Marsh, 4. Josh Philippe, 5. Moises Henriques, 6. Ben McDermott, 7. Dan Christian, 8. Ashton Agar, 9. Mitchell Starc, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Josh Hazlewood
Stats and Facts
· Is Chris Gayle on borrowed time? The great T20 batsman has had a tough year in T20Is in 2021 (89 runs in eight innings, avg. 12.71 SR 94.68).
· Australia lost 6/19 yesterday to lose the match by 18 runs.
· West Indies have won their last four T20Is against Australia, going back to 2012.
The probable best batsman of the match
Probable best bowler of the match
Both teams are showing signs of unpredictability at the present, making this match difficult to predict. The team batting first has won the last five T20Is in the West Indies. Given both sides’ chasing concerns, this tendency could persist.
Match – WINDIES vs AUSTRALIA – 2nd T20I
Venue – Daren Sammy National Stadium, St. Lucia
Time – 05: 00 AM IST
Where to watch live – FAN CODE
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