Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the fourth T20I clash as Australia look for a breakthrough win against West Indies.
09:30 (AEST), Thu 15th Jul @ Beausejour Stadium, Saint Lucia
History: Played 14: West Indies 9 V Australia 5
Last meeting: July 13, 2021: West Indies d Australia by 6 wickets (31 balls remaining) at Beausejour Stadium
Final Thoughts: The series is already decided, but Australia can still salvage some pride as they prepare for Game 4 against West Indies, who lead 3-0.
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.
Australia’s run-chase appeared well in hand. But from 4/108 in the 11th over, they 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. Josh Hazlewood (3/12) and Mitch Marsh (51 off 31 and 2/26) provided the positives for the tourists.
Bad to worse for Aussies
West Indies powered to a 56-run win in Game 2. Lendl 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. Mitchell Starc (0/49) copped a pasting.
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 was the pick of the bowlers with 3/29.
Things didn’t get any better for the Aussies in the third game. Matt Wade (23 off 16) and Aaron Finch (30 off 31) started promisingly but couldn’t go on with the job. Moises Henriques (33 off 29) and Ashton Turner (24 off 22) produced a handy partnership but Australia could only muster 6/141. Walsh (2/18) was outstanding again.
The Windies cruised to a six-wicket win 31 balls to spare. Chris Gayle (67 off 38) smashed seven sixes, while Nicholas Pooran (32* off 27) played a nice support role. Riley Meredith took three wickets but went for over 12 an over. Starc’s (1/15) economical return to form was a faint silver lining of another heavy loss.
West Indies have now won six straight T20Is against Australia – though this series is the nations’ first meeting in the format since 2014.
Australia are $2.10 underdogs to win Game 4, but they’ve shown little to justify any faith from punters. Consider Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Andre Fletcher and Chris Gayle in the Top Batsmen markets.