West Indies vs. Australia
|Date & Time||Thursday June 6, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
West Indies +175 / Australia -225
Australia and the West Indies will both being looking to build on strong World Cup starts as they face each other at Trent Bridge. The two sides lost just three wickets each in their respective opening matches as they both comfortably chased down their required runs.
It took the West Indies just 13.4 overs to bat their way to victory in their first match. They bowled out Pakistan for 105 in 21.4 overs and cruised to the win in Nottingham. Their bowlers were excellent and fiery throughout whilst their batsmen made light work of some poor Pakistani bowling.
The imperious Chris Gayle was the pick of the West Indies batsmen. He smashed six 4s and three 6s, scoring 50 runs from 34 deliveries. He looks to be in fine form and Australia will need to get him out early to ensure he doesn’t pick up where he left off at Trent Bridge.
The West Indies are generally known for their big hitting batsmen but is was their bowlers who stole the show in their opening match. Oshane Thomas took 4-27 and captain Jason Holder finished with figures of 3-42. Andre Russell also chipped in with a stunning 2-4 off just three overs.
Australia will also be very happy with their bowling efforts in their first game of the tournament. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa claimed three wickets each against Afghanistan and will pose much more of a threat in comparison with the West Indies’ first opponent, Pakistan.
David Warner showed that he means business at this year’s World Cup with a sensation 89 not-out against Afghanistan. The opener powered his team to victory and Australia will be hoping that he can deliver a similar performance at Trent Bridge.
Captain Aaron Finch was also very impressive with the bat. His 66 runs came from just 49 balls as he helped set the tone at the top of the order. Afghanistan will have to be at the very top of their game to tame Australia’s opening duo.
The jeers and jibes aimed towards Warner and Smith look set to continue from the home crowd. The England fans will not let them forget about the part they played in the ball tampering scandal last year. However, it doesn’t like to have affected their performances as of yet.
Considering both team’s performances in the opening round of matches, it’s hard to pick a clear favorite for this match. Australia are the higher ranked side and the pressure will be on them to get the win. The West Indies aren’t expected to win this match but could be in with a real chance.
I am predicting Australia to edge to victory in what should be a close encounter. Whilst both sides possess serious firepower in the batting department, I suspect the match to be won by the class of the Australian bowlers.