Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the third T20I clash as Australia attempt to save their Caribbean series against West Indies.
09:30 (AEST), Tue 13th Jul @ Beausejour Stadium, Saint Lucia
History: Played 13: West Indies 8 V Australia 5
Last meeting: July 11, 2021: West Indies d Australia by 56 runs at Beausejour Stadium
Final Thoughts: It’s do or die for Australia in Game 3 if they are to keep their T20I series in West Indies alive. The tourists’ staggering collapse in Saturday’s series opener was followed by a heavy defeat in the second clash on Sunday.
The Windies carved out a remarkable 18-run victory in Game 1. The home side made a modest 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) contributed handily at the top of the order.
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. But 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.
Bad to worse for Aussies
West Indies powered to a 56-run win in Game 2. Simmons (30 off 21) started brightly, before man-of-the-match Shiron Hetmyer (61 off 36) and Dwayne Bravo (47* off 34) put on a century stand. A late cameo from Russell (24 off 8) lifted the hosts to 4/196.
Ashton Agar (1/28) was the pick of the bowlers. Every other Aussie who stepped up to the crease went nine runs or more, with Mitchell Starc (0/49) the most expensive.
Marsh (54 off 42) again kept Australia’s chase alive after they slumped to 2/19. But none of his teammates managed more than 19 or hit more than one boundary. They were bowled out for 140 in the 20th over. Walsh took 3/29, while Sheldon Cottrell (2/22) and Fabian Allen (0/22) helped strangle the visitors into submission.
West Indies have now won five straight T20Is against Australia – though this series is the nations’ first meeting in the format since 2014.
Australia need more from skipper Aaron Finch (4 and 6 so far), while Marsh is struggling big time. Ashton Turner could be brought into the middle order for Ben McDermott to bolster Australia’s batting.
In the Windies line-up, the rested McCoy may return for Fidel Edwards, who picked an arm injury in the second game.
West Indies are $1.80 favourites to wrap up the series in Game 3. An Aussie turnaround has to be led by Finch. He finished the series against NZ with scores of 69, 79* and 36 – the veteran is due another influential knock.