Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the second T20I clash as Australia try to recover from a woeful series-opening collapse against hosts West Indies.
09:30 (AEST), Sun 11th Jul @ Beausejour Stadium, Saint Lucia
History: Played 12: West Indies 7 V Australia 5
Last meeting: July 10, 2021: West Indies d Australia by 18 runs at Beausejour Stadium
Final Thoughts: Australia are aiming to bounce back from a 1-0 deficit in their five-match T20I series in West Indies, following a batting collapse in Saturday’s opener.
The rivals back up just 24 hours after the Windies’ 18-run victory in game one.
The home side made 6/145 from their 20 overs, recovering from an ordinary start that had them at 3/35 in the eighth over. Coming in at number six, Andre Russell rescued the innings with 51 off just 28 deliveries. The brilliant all-rounder cleared the rope five times in a sparkling knock. Lendl Simmons (27 off 28) was the only other West Indies batsman to make more than 20.
Josh Hazlewood was nearly unplayable, taking 3/12 from his four overs. Mitch Marsh (2/26) was also handy with the ball.
Australia’s run-chase appeared well in hand, cruising along at better than 10 runs an over with Matt Wade (33 off 14) and Marsh (51 off 31) teeing off.
Aussies lose the unloseable
From 4/108 in the 11th over, the tourists collapsed to 127 all out just 28 balls later. Man-of-the-match Obed McCoy (4/26) and Hayden Walsh Jr (3/23) tore through the Australian middle- and lower-order. Moises Henriques (16) and Dan Christian (10) were the only other Aussies to score more than four.
West Indies’ revival from a seemingly hopeless position secured their fourth straight T20I victory over Australia – though this was the nations’ first meeting in the format since 2014.
Since the post-COVID resumption of international cricket, Australia have lost T20I series to England, India and New Zealand. West Indies beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in March and lost a five-match rubber to South Africa 3-2 in June, both at home.
The teams can’t be split head-to-head in the lead-up to game two. The likes of Aaron Finch and Josh Philippe will be desperate to fire for Australia after going out cheaply in the opener. Chris Gayle scored only four in game one and will be striving to prop up a disappointing West Indies top order.
It’s hard to go past the Windies – who have plenty of recent cricket together – at this price following Saturday’s confidence-boosting result.