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Australia in must-win situation

Victory will guarantee host West Indies a place in the title round

Australia in must-win situation 
 - Cricket News
If Australia does beat the West Indies, then the home team have to not only beat South Africa, but also claim the bonus point.
Australia needs to beat the West Indies when the two teams face off in the eighth match of the triangular series at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Tuesday (June 21) to make it to the final. Australia finds itself in a must-win position because its previous game against South Africa at the same venue on Sunday was washed out after just one over of play, and the teams had to split points.
 
If Australia does beat the West Indies, then that would leave the home team, currently at the bottom of the table with eight points and a net run-rate of -1.189, in a tricky position. It will then have to not only beat South Africa, but also claim the bonus point.
 
There is very little to choose between the sides, and Australia seems to have become slightly weaker after David Warner was ruled out of the competition with a broken finger .
 
Warner started the tournament with an unbeaten 55 in a big win over the West Indies, and then made 109 in a 36-run win against South Africa. That was to be his last dig in the competition, and Australia lost its next game against the West Indies by four wickets.
 
Even though Usman Khawaja made 98 as an opener in that game, his strike-rate of 79.67 meant that there was no real push towards the business end of the innings, and Australia made only 265 for 7. Break it down further, and the absence of Warner becomes even more evident.
 
Australia was 171 for 1 in 34 overs, but managed only 94 runs in the last 16 overs. It gave the West Indies an opening, and it cashed in through Marlon Samuels’s 87-ball 92. Contributions from the rest of the top-order batsmen took the West Indies home with 26 balls to spare.


 
Justin Langer, Australia’s coach for this tournament, spoke about how Warner’s injury had taken away a huge chunk of experience, and how the team was looking up to the dynamic abilities of Glenn Maxwell to plug that hole.
 
Australia, however, was without the services of Mitchell Starc in that game. His return to international cricket after recovering from injury has been staggered, and he now finds himself in a position that should bring the best out of him.
 
His yorkers and swinging deliveries had stood out in Australia’s first match against the West Indies, where he returned figures of 2 for 37 in nine overs. He was also instrumental in Australia’s other win in the tournament – against South Africa – with figures of 3 for 43.
 
West Indies batsmen will need to raise their game by a few notches to counter Starc, and they will bank on Johnson Charles, Samuels and Kieron Pollard to rise to the occasion. These three are the only West Indians to have crossed the 100-run mark in this competition. It would not mind if Darren Bravo, who has had a highest score of 39, returns to form in this virtual knockout game.
 
From a bowling perspective, a lot will depend on Sunil Narine, who is the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He, however, has gone wicketless for the last two matches, and there would not be a better time for him to add a few more scalps to his kitty.
 
Teams (from):
West Indies:
Jason Holder (capt), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
 
Australia: Steve Smith (capt), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa.

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