Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the third and deciding ODI clash in the Caribbean between West Indies and Australia.
04:30 (AEST), Tue 27th Jul @ Kensington Oval, Barbados
History: Played 142: Australia 75 V West Indies 61 (3 Tie, 3 NR)
Last meeting: July 25, 2021: West Indies d Australia by 4 wickets at Kensington Oval
Final Thoughts: Australia has surrendered the momentum of their massive series-opening win, crumbling to West Indies in the second encounter – which was delayed by two days due to a COVID-19 scare.
The visitors won the first clash by 133 runs, before the Windies rallied with a four-wicket victory in game two. The rivals line up in the decider in Barbados on Tuesday, with Australia heading in as $1.78 favourites.
Starc carries off Player of the Match honours in series-opening rout
Australia grinded their way to 9/252 on a tricky Kensington Oval surface in game one. Josh Philippe (39 off 42 balls), opening in the place of injured captain Aaron Finch, held the top order together – aided by fellow ODI debutant Ben McDermott (28 off 48) and in-form Mitch Marsh (20 off 22).An outstanding 104-run stand from stand-in skipper Alex Carey (67 off 87) and Ashton Turner (49 off 45) proved crucial. But their total looked somewhat subpar after they sat at 4/218 with five overs left. T20I player of the series Hayden Walsh Jr transferred his stellar form to the ODI arena with 5/39, while Alzarri Joseph (2/40) was also impressive.
Mitchell Starc decimated the Windies batting line-up, however, taking 5/48. Starc took wickets in each of his first three overs, while Josh Hazlewood (3/11) also took scalps in three consecutive overs as the hosts slumped to 6/27. A fine knock from captain Kieron Pollard (56 off 57) saved West Indies from complete humiliation. Hayden Walsh Jr (20 off 26) also displayed some lower-order fight. But the Windies’ dismal innings finished at 123 all out in the 27th over.
Top order collapse stymies Aussies as Windies draw level
The second game was originally scheduled for Friday but was pushed to Sunday due to a COVID-19 scare. The postponement appeared to derail the Australian top order, who crumbled to 6/45.
Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa both grafted out scores of 36, before ODI rookie Wes Agar – coming in at No.10 – top-scored with 41 to provide Australia with a semi-competitive total of 187 all out. Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hosein both picked up three wickets.
West Indies’ chase was not overly convincing, slumping to 5/72 with only Shai Hope (38 off 43) firing in the top order. But Nicholas Pooran (59 off 75) and Jason Holder (52 off 69) steered the home side to a four-wicket victory with 12 overs to spare. Starc (3/26) was again superb in his 10 overs, while Zampa (2/43) gave the Windies some trouble.
West Indies have now won four of their last 29 completed ODIs against Australia, who have won 11 of the last 13 clashes.
Dominant with bat and ball during the T20I series loss, Mitch Marsh has made 20 and 8 so far at first drop in the ODIs. He looms as a key figure in the decider for an Australian batting line-up a bit short on international experience.