Australia vs Windies: Match preview, pitch report and TV listing
The ICC World Cup 2019 has already witnessed several high-octane clashes, as the 10th match would see title holders Australia locking horns with Windies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday. With both the teams winning their openers, it would be interesting to see who has the last laugh in this tie. Meanwhile, we present the match preview and other details.
Both teams off to a winning start
In their respective openers, Australia and Windies registered wins against Afghanistan and Pakistan, respectively. Windies put up a commendable bowling performance against Pakistan, as they beat them by seven wickets, in a low-scoring tie and earned well-deserved two points. Meanwhile, Australia also defeated Afghanistan by seven wickets, as we saw David Warner playing a match-winning innings of 89*.
Warner and Oshane Thomas among men to watch out for
It is likely that both the teams would field an unchanged XI. David Warner has been in brutal form since the Indian Premier League, and he is likely to continue his dominance. For Windies, Oshane Thomas (4/27) terrorized the Pakistan batsmen in the last game and could be deadly again. Further, their explosive batsman Chris Gayle would like to put up a show.
Australia and Windies enjoy an intense rivalry
In the World Cup to date, both the teams have met on nine occasions, as Australia have scripted four victories, while the Windies have five wins. In England, both the teams have clashed five times, with Australia winning once, while the Windies have pocketed four wins. Overall, there have clashed in 139 ODIs, with Australia scripting 73 wins, while the Windies have 60 wins.
Another high-scoring track could await at Trent Bridge
While the opening match, at Trent Bridge, saw a low-scoring encounter between Pakistan and Windies, the next match saw Men In Green dominating the English bowlers. Thus, if the same track is up for play, we could be in for another high-scoring thriller. The team winning the toss is likely to bat first and put a commendable total on the board.
Here's the predicted XI for both the sides
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa. Windies: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
When, where and how to watch?
Match: Australia vs West Indies Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham Time: 3:00 PM IST Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1, Select 1 and other regional languages channels of Star Sports. Where to watch (Online): Hotstar