Date: November 06, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
West Indies and Australia will lock horns in Match 38 of the T20 World Cup 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. This match is the penultimate match of Super 12 stage in Group 1. West Indies suffered a 20-run defeat against Sri Lanka while Australia claimed a comfortable eight-wicket win over struggling Bangladesh.
Toss has played a crucial role during the World Cup so far, with sides batting second getting a clear advantage with dew on the field. Scoring runs has not been so easy in the middle overs. Pacers and spinners are expected to get some assistance from this pitch.
West Indies were knocked out of the T20 World Cup by already-eliminated Sri Lanka after their defeat in Abu Dhabi. Shimron Hetmyer's fighting fifty went in vain as Windies fell 20-run short in their penultimate group match. Windies have disappointed massively in this tournament with their underwhelming performances. Their batting has been quite inconsistent in the tournament and the opening duo of Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle will need to step up if they are to give a fight to Australia.
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has revealed that he will retire from international cricket after the match against Australia on Saturday. The defending champions will hope to finish their campaign on a high and also give Bravo a fitting farewell with a victory.
Led by Adam Zampa's five-wicket haul and skipper Aaron Finch's 40 off 20, Australia defeated Bangladesh by 8 wickets on Thursday. The Aussies, searching for their maiden T20 title, will be eager to continue their winning run here to keep their hopes alive for the semi-finals.
David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch have regained their form at the right time and will aim to provide their side to an explosive start. The team also has a solid middle order comprising the likes of Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh, who all are quality players and can turn the match on its head. The bowling department also looks well-settled.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Fletcher, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Lendl Simmons.
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Conclusion: While England are comfortably sitting at the top of the table, the fight for the second spot in Group 1 is between Australia and South Africa. As a result, this match will be of great significance for Australia. Australia are the favourites to emerge victorious in this match against West Indies, considering the form and squad strength of the two teams. However, Windies are perfectly capable of springing a surprise and spoiling Australia's party.
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