West Indies vs Australia
July 14, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
Australia’s tour of the West Indies has reached the penultimate match in the 5-match series being played tomorrow, Wednesday July 14th, 2021 at 7:30PM EST. The Daren Sammy Cricket Ground will be the host venue once again in St. Lucia.
Australia is proving to be a very sub-par team so far on this tour, now trailing the series 0-3. West Indies have been efficient as well as effective in every statistical category thus far with their sights well set on a possible series sweep and can you blame them? Based on what we have seen in the three matches played to date, the likelihood of Australia finding a win in the remaining matches seem to be harder than finding a needle in a haystack. Australia won the toss for the third consecutive time this series, only this go around they attempted to change the tide by batting first. The Aussie captain, Aaron Finch, finally got amongst the runs with 30 while Matthew Wade scored 23, both players opened the batting. A recovery effort by Moises Henriques (33) and Ashton Turner (24) in a partnership of 59 saw Australia reach 141/6 in their allotted 20 overs, a score they knew was at least 40 runs shy of their team goal. The batsmen would need to increase their strike rate and establish more than a solitary partnership in order to cause a threat on the scoreboard. From a bowling perspective, Mitchell Starc was economical giving away only 15 runs from his 4 overs to go with one wicket while Riley Meredith, who was taken to the cleaners collected three scalps for 48 runs in just under four overs. Josh Hazelwood and Adam Zampa were missing in action but you can expect them to play a major role tomorrow in their search for their first win of the tour. Who knew that a storm would’ve arrived in St. Lucia last night?
Chris Gayle the ‘Universe Boss’ gave the West Indies fans the Gayle storm that they have been missing for quite some time with a brutalizing display of batting amassing 67 off just 38 deliveries with four 4s and seven towering 6s. The Windies were left with little to do once Gayle was there but captain Nicholas Pooran was able to regain slight form with his 32 not out. Earlier the bowling unit for the Windies were able to restrict their opponents with key middle over spells from Fabian Allen and Hayden Walsh who picked up one wicket and two wickets respectively. Obed McCoy suffered an injury after he replaced Fidel Edwards who is also injured. With the many injuries this team has been faced with, you can definitely give credit to them for weathering the storm, maintaining a winning momentum and winning the series while still having two matches to play.
Tomorrow’s showdown will be seen as one of pride for Australia, a chance to prove that they are a worthy adversary. West Indies are embracing each challenge and overcoming every obstacle with confidence and zeal. I expect West Indies to win tomorrow’s game and stay on course for the series sweep, Australia have not shown that they have arrived ready for battle as yet and will go 4-0 down here, and will have to work hard to avoid a series sweep on Friday.