Mitchell Starc ic currently the leading wicket-taker of the series with eight scalps from two games.
Australia churned out a thumping 133-run victory in their opening ODI against the West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Mitchell Starc’s five-wicket haul blew the hosts away. However, the Kieron Pollard-led Caribbean unit made a stupendous comeback, winning the second game by four wickets.
The home team found themselves in trouble after losing early wickets, but half-centuries from Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder took them over the line. With all to play for, the two teams are set to play the decider. Both teams will be looking to win the match and end their campaign on a high.
Match – West Indies vs Australia – 3rd match
Venue – Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Time – 00:00 AM IST (July 27), 02:30 PM local time (July 26)
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Barbados generally helps the team, batting second. But in the ongoing series, the chasing teams have found it tough to score. The bowlers are likely to dictate terms yet another time in the series. Batting first should be the way forward for both teams.
Avg score: 250 (40 ODIs in Barbados)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 21, Lost – 18, N/R – 1
Playing combination for WI vs AUS
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Mohammed, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr
Bench: Roston Chase, Romario Shepherd, Anderson Phillip, Fabian Allen
Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (C and WK), Matthew Wade, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, Wes Agar, Adam Zampa, Riley Meredith
Bench: Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Daniel Christian, Mitchell Swepson, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Josh Hazlewood
WI vs AUS Head-to-Head
Played – 142 | West Indies – 61 | Australia – 75 | N/R – 3 | Tied- 3
In West Indies
Played – 47 | West Indies – 19 | Australia – 26 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 2
Probable best batsman of the match
Alex Carey– Australia
Alex Carey has a responsible head on his shoulders, a reason why he is leading the Australian national team in the absence of Aaron Finch. In the first game of the series, he scored a sparkling 67 and helped in his team’s cause. In the second match, he failed to deliver. However, being the current highest-scorer of the series, Carey is expected to make a strong comeback.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mitchell Starc– Australia
Mitchell Starc looked a tad out of sorts in the five-match T20I series. However, the pacer has given an account of the damage he can do in the ongoing ODI series. The left-armer is currently the leading wicket-taker with eight scalps from three matches. In the first game, he picked up a fifer and backed up the performance with a three-wicket haul in the second game.
Today’s match prediction: Australia to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.