Australia to face West Indies on the 38th Match of the T20 World Cup 2021 at 4 pm Bangladeshi Time Today.
In a two-horse race with South Africa, Australia has the aces in terms of securing a semi-final spot. Australia could not have done more against Bangladesh, dismissing them for 73 and completing the chase in 6.2 overs. They will be hoping that now that the West Indies have been eliminated after their loss to Sri Lanka, there is a potential for something similar to happen in Abu Dhabi.
The West Indies' batting lineup continues to seem more dangerous than Bangladesh's frail and confidence-sapped lineup.Aside from the acquisition of Pat Cummins, Australia's bowling attack is not much different from the one that was involved in the 4-1 series loss in the Caribbean earlier this year.
After England's thrashing, they resorted to four frontline bowlers and one extra batter, which puts more pressure on Glenn Maxwell but seems like a better balance.A semi-final spot was the absolute minimum needed by Australia to pass their tournament. Their build-up was overshadowed by setbacks and personnel arguments, but although the crushing loss to England reignited many of the doubts, there has been some terrific cricket when they have connected. A second-place finish in this group would almost certainly result in a match with Pakistan.
Dwayne Bravo has said that he would retire from international cricket after the tournament, so there will be at least one goodbye from the West Indies team.
Australia Probable XI
1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
West Indies Probable XI
1 Chris Gayle, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Roston Chase, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Andre Russell, 7 Kieron Pollard (capt), 8 Jason Holder, 9 Dwayne Bravo, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Ravi Rampaul/Hayden Walsh Jr.