Australia v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 27, 2014

Slow starters fight to stay afloat

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Match facts

March 28, 2014, Mirpur Start time 1530 (0930GMT)

Big Picture

It's the defending champions versus the pre-tournament favourites and neither team has so far set the World T20 alight. West Indies began with a defeat at the hands of India, followed by an easy win over Bangladesh, but in a challenging group it is teams like Australia and Pakistan they will need to beat to progress. Australia started with a loss to Pakistan in a frenetic match that highlighted their problems with spin - both facing it and bowling it. That was always going to be their weakness in these conditions and West Indies will certainly have noted that Glenn Maxwell was the only batsman who really found an effective method against Pakistan's slow bowlers.

To that end, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree will be key men for West Indies as they aim to restrict Australia. In the two most recent T20s between these teams, spin was an important weapon in setting West Indies on the path to victories. In the semi-final of the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka, Narine took 2 for 17 and Badree picked up 2 for 27 as Australia struggled in a 200-plus chase. And last season at the Gabba, Narine's 2 for 19 again prevented Australia getting a move on in pursuit of 192 for victory. But the theme in both of those games was runs on the board - the West Indies spinners need backup from their batsmen, which did not come against India.

Only two teams from this group will advance to the semi-finals and India already have two wins and are yet to play Bangladesh, putting them in a very strong position. The likelihood is that West Indies, Australia and Pakistan will be vying for the second semi-final spot from this group. An Australian victory here would keep those three teams locked together on points. An Australian loss would leave them on the brink of exit.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)

Australia LWWWW
West Indies WLLWW

Watch out for

Allrounder James Faulkner appears set to make his return from a knee injury that has kept him out of action since the end of the one-day series against England in January. Faulkner will add balance and aggression to this Australian outfit and West Indies have seen first-hand that he does not back down on the field. He was fined for giving Chris Gayle a send-off in an ODI in Canberra in 2012-13 and this week when asked about West Indies, he said: "I don't particularly like them". After a comment like that, the feeling might be mutual.

The No.2-ranked T20 international bowler in the world - behind his team-mate Narine - Samuel Badree is fresh from a four-wicket haul against Bangladesh and his legspin will again be important on the slowish surface in Mirpur. Badree has played the Australians only once in an international and on that occasion he took the new ball and got rid of both openers, David Warner and Shane Watson.

Team news

Doug Bollinger might be the man to make way for Faulkner, given the abundance of left-armers in the side. Cameron White is the only backup batsman in the group but it is difficult to see how he would squeeze in.

Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Brad Hodge, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 Brad Hogg.

After their win over Bangladesh, West Indies may be inclined to go in with an unchanged line-up, however, there are some doubts on Gayle's fitness. Gayle appeared to have been hampered by a sore ankle against Bangladesh, but team management has been unwilling to reveal the exact nature of the injury. Darren Sammy downplayed its severity, however, suggesting Gayle will play.

West Indies (possible) 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Darren Sammy (capt), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Krishmar Santokie.

Conditions

Spin has proven a key weapon so far at this venue and that is likely to be the same again, with not much pace expected in the wicket.

Stats and Trivia

  • Australia and West Indies have met 10 times for five wins each

  • Darren Sammy will become the first West Indies player to reach the milestone of 50 Twenty20 international appearances

    Quotes

    "They have a powerful batting line-up on paper… It's going to be about keeping calm under pressure. They're going to come hard at us."
    West Indies spinner Samuel Badree

    "A lot of guys have played Narine in the Big Bash and in the IPL. While having faced him quite a bit we are going to have our plans. He is still a quality bowler. He spins it both ways. Anyone who does that is going to present a challenge."
    Australia opener Aaron Finch

    Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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    • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 28, 2014, 10:17 GMT

      Looks like the Aussies missed a trick or two today. Their loss to Paks obviously must be the reason behind their choice to bat first, but with position they are in now, they really need to bat out of their skins to put a score over 150 on the board. They have maxwell still at the crease and Hodge, Faulkner and Haddin to follow, but with the way WI are bowling, it looks like they may have to wind up without playing the entire 20 overs. But Aussies are always known for turning the tide. We now have an exciting match at our hands. Cheers!

    • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 28, 2014, 9:34 GMT

      I think ausis will win the Mach it live their desire to win t 20 world cup

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT

      I would suggest that Australia will have landslide victory in this match.

    • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | March 28, 2014, 8:30 GMT

      Two teams scrambling like crazy to find their feet. I wouldn't like to predict the winner of this one but naturally I want Aus to win. The Windies are dangerous and we're taking our time acclimatising so it could go either way. .. I think Muirhead should get a run tonight. I love George, but it's time to give the kid a shot. .. No rain please. Let's see 40 overs.

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 8:00 GMT

      its almost a decider for the group. until unless BD does an upset later which is highly unlikely, there is nothing like neutral supporter every has his side, as a pakistani i would prefer Aus to win which will raise Pak's chances as india will be fav against Aus and even if it points are level with aus pak will advance to final 4 if they somehow can get a better NRR than WI. becoz even if pak loses to WI it would look like pak 4, wi 4, aus 4, and than comes head to head, pak up on oz, oz up on wi and wi up on pak, and there you go the NRR. so pak will get double chance to strike. now you can see it the other way, even if aus beats india and BD up next and gets on 6 and pak beat wi and bd, both pak oz on 6 and pak advances.

      but in the end its all theory and being a Pakistani made in favor of Pakistan, and if anything can happen than it can be 5 teams 10 matches and each can have 2 games under their belt.

      Good luck Australia!

    • POSTED BY Haleos on | March 28, 2014, 7:57 GMT

      Now when the pitches are offering assistance only to spin why there is no noise about Bangladesh having to have fast sport y pitches? Like it happesn when the matches are palyed in India? Considering it is a world cup.

    • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 28, 2014, 7:48 GMT

      Real pity if Australia lose today. Because that will provide easy passages for less deserving teams. though I'm a Sri Lankan I must admit Sri Lanka made so many finals and New zealand so many semis thanks to such upsets in the past. Every time Aus and SA thrown out early in a tournament cricket is the real loser.

    • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 28, 2014, 7:42 GMT

      Aussies are the most consistent team in this tournament and if Faulkner is playing, then they would overcome the only missing element that was evident in the previous match, a Finisher. And they will always be the favourites in every match. Gayle has to come out of his shell, if WI has to make an impact in today's game. Watson, Maxwell, Hodge and Haddin are good against spin, so it's only the batsmen who can put pressure on the Aussies. This is a do or die game for both teams, as the losing team will be virtually knocked out unless there is an upset by BD. WI Is the most unpredictable team here and on their day, they may just thrash the Aussies Or any team black and blue. Let's hope for a good contest today. Cheers!

    • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | March 28, 2014, 7:39 GMT

      I was a big supporter of West Indies in the tournament. However, they disappointed me in their match against India in such a way that I can't back them anymore. Also, Australia was just fantastic in their opening match against Pakistan. True, they lost the match. But, it was a fearsome hitting and I don't know if any other team can match that firepower in the batting. They missed Faulkner in that match and that was one main reason why I predicted a Pakistan win in that match as well. My prediction is an Australian win in this match, even if West Indies batting finally realize that it is not a test match. Australia look too strong and I think they will win all their remaining 3 games.

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 7:22 GMT

      Why there is no Smith in aus side ??

    • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 28, 2014, 10:17 GMT

      Looks like the Aussies missed a trick or two today. Their loss to Paks obviously must be the reason behind their choice to bat first, but with position they are in now, they really need to bat out of their skins to put a score over 150 on the board. They have maxwell still at the crease and Hodge, Faulkner and Haddin to follow, but with the way WI are bowling, it looks like they may have to wind up without playing the entire 20 overs. But Aussies are always known for turning the tide. We now have an exciting match at our hands. Cheers!

    • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 28, 2014, 9:34 GMT

      I think ausis will win the Mach it live their desire to win t 20 world cup

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT

      I would suggest that Australia will have landslide victory in this match.

    • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | March 28, 2014, 8:30 GMT

      Two teams scrambling like crazy to find their feet. I wouldn't like to predict the winner of this one but naturally I want Aus to win. The Windies are dangerous and we're taking our time acclimatising so it could go either way. .. I think Muirhead should get a run tonight. I love George, but it's time to give the kid a shot. .. No rain please. Let's see 40 overs.

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 8:00 GMT

      its almost a decider for the group. until unless BD does an upset later which is highly unlikely, there is nothing like neutral supporter every has his side, as a pakistani i would prefer Aus to win which will raise Pak's chances as india will be fav against Aus and even if it points are level with aus pak will advance to final 4 if they somehow can get a better NRR than WI. becoz even if pak loses to WI it would look like pak 4, wi 4, aus 4, and than comes head to head, pak up on oz, oz up on wi and wi up on pak, and there you go the NRR. so pak will get double chance to strike. now you can see it the other way, even if aus beats india and BD up next and gets on 6 and pak beat wi and bd, both pak oz on 6 and pak advances.

      but in the end its all theory and being a Pakistani made in favor of Pakistan, and if anything can happen than it can be 5 teams 10 matches and each can have 2 games under their belt.

      Good luck Australia!

    • POSTED BY Haleos on | March 28, 2014, 7:57 GMT

      Now when the pitches are offering assistance only to spin why there is no noise about Bangladesh having to have fast sport y pitches? Like it happesn when the matches are palyed in India? Considering it is a world cup.

    • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 28, 2014, 7:48 GMT

      Real pity if Australia lose today. Because that will provide easy passages for less deserving teams. though I'm a Sri Lankan I must admit Sri Lanka made so many finals and New zealand so many semis thanks to such upsets in the past. Every time Aus and SA thrown out early in a tournament cricket is the real loser.

    • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 28, 2014, 7:42 GMT

      Aussies are the most consistent team in this tournament and if Faulkner is playing, then they would overcome the only missing element that was evident in the previous match, a Finisher. And they will always be the favourites in every match. Gayle has to come out of his shell, if WI has to make an impact in today's game. Watson, Maxwell, Hodge and Haddin are good against spin, so it's only the batsmen who can put pressure on the Aussies. This is a do or die game for both teams, as the losing team will be virtually knocked out unless there is an upset by BD. WI Is the most unpredictable team here and on their day, they may just thrash the Aussies Or any team black and blue. Let's hope for a good contest today. Cheers!

    • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | March 28, 2014, 7:39 GMT

      I was a big supporter of West Indies in the tournament. However, they disappointed me in their match against India in such a way that I can't back them anymore. Also, Australia was just fantastic in their opening match against Pakistan. True, they lost the match. But, it was a fearsome hitting and I don't know if any other team can match that firepower in the batting. They missed Faulkner in that match and that was one main reason why I predicted a Pakistan win in that match as well. My prediction is an Australian win in this match, even if West Indies batting finally realize that it is not a test match. Australia look too strong and I think they will win all their remaining 3 games.

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 7:22 GMT

      Why there is no Smith in aus side ??

    • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | March 28, 2014, 4:52 GMT

      It would be a pity if Australia loses, as they have probably the best overall team on paper. But in T20 all it takes is for one player to have a great day with the bat and the game slips away. Australia have so many big hitters it just isn't possible for the team to do badly for any length of time, but it is still possible to string together 2-3 poor games in a row - at the wrong time.

      If I was Australia I'd bat first and get runs on the board. Most of these wickets seem to be slowing up as games progress.

    • POSTED BY android_user on | March 28, 2014, 4:39 GMT

      only 2 wins for india & all is well ...omg ...india will loose if they bat first ...mark my words ...

    • POSTED BY checkOnCricket on | March 28, 2014, 3:41 GMT

      This game is certainly is going to be a feast for neutral supporters like me. I am hoping to see a good match between these two excellent cricket nations. both the teams after a win have come back to some kind of a form and would be interesting to see who gets upper hand...

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 3:34 GMT

      Haddin is too good a player to leave out - he is overdue and will come good in this match - just wait and see. Same applies to Hodge. Warner, Finch, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey,Hodge, Faulkner, Haddin, Starc, Bollinger, Muirhead. Batting to burn, and with the part-timers, more than enough bowling options. Major mistake to bowl Finch before Maxwell last game

    • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 28, 2014, 3:11 GMT

      Hope it will be an exciting match.

    • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 28, 2014, 2:34 GMT

      The Aussies need to make some changes. Haddin does have the ability to play fast and is the only WK so I think he'll stay. Even so, Aus will do well to bat well enough to not need him. The batting order is fine, although putting White in couldn't hurt. The bowling needs some work though. On these pitches, Aus needs to make the best of their spinners. Maxwell needs to be bowled, and Muirhead could come in for Coulter-Nile. This way Aus will have a 3-spin 3-pace attack with Watson, Starc and Faulkner. The line up would be: 1) Finch 2) Warner 3) Watson 4) Bailey 5) Maxwell 6) Hodge/White 7) Faulkner 8) Haddin 9) Starc 10) Muirhead 11) Hogg

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 1:57 GMT

      Who cares??????? It is T20 - get over it. The only good thing about this format is that it has made 50 over cricket bearable.

    • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 28, 2014, 0:33 GMT

      I think it will be an easy win for Australia ,having seen how WI are playing now and the bad selection policy.Samuels should be dropped.Charles should play,he has a good record against Australia.RAM Paul should play instead of Russel.Good game to watch though.

    • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | March 28, 2014, 0:29 GMT

      West Indies have the number 1 and 2 bowlers in T20 at the moment in Narine and Badree. Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, South Africa had the number 1 and 2 bowlers in the world in tests against Australia and still lost the test series. The same could happen here. But without Johnson, the question is if it will actually happen. The fact of the matter is that neither Hogg nor Muirhead are anywhere near being Australia's 2 best spinners. Steve O'Keefe is clearly the best, but then Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty also have good records, and, as an outsider, Fawad Ahmed could have been given a shot too. Steve Smith even has a good T20 record as a bowler. You simply can't justify playing Hogg after his woeful performance against Pakistan - and Muirhead would be just as big a risk. With Faulkner coming back, Hogg has to make way. The only other possible change is for Cameron White to come in - probably at the expense of Brad Hodge. It is a tough call to make though.

    • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 0:18 GMT

      come on west indies , send the sledging cry baby aussie team packing, its time for gayle to unleash mayhem

    • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 27, 2014, 23:04 GMT

      Go windies chris gayle we are looking for a special innings

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 21:35 GMT

      Ok, I think this T20 format is much better with keeping both groups alive! I fail to understand why ICC is not using a similar format for the 50 over WC. With only 8 strong teams to realistically win the championship, there is absolutely no sense in quarter finals!!!

    • POSTED BY cooljalz on | March 27, 2014, 21:02 GMT

      Key to Australia is how their bowling can restrict the WI big hitters. Instead of Hogg Muirhead should be brought in. The young leggie can be the attacking spinner for AUS & judging by Mishra's & Tahir's success, every team has to realise an attacking spinner's value in these conditions. Although their batsmen got stifled at the end against PAK they handled their spinners quite well except the 2 overs by Babar & Ajmal , Compared to PAK spinners WI spinners are more of the restricting type so if AUS batsmen can keep their head calm, they should make it through. Key to WI is Gay;e's form. What's going on with the Big Man is anybody's guess but he must come all guns blazing if they have to put up a good score. Perhaps he should recall The Oval 2009. The other concern is the lack of singles & doubles in their gameplay. These are not the pitches where u can keep hitting every ball out of the park. The Raina-Sammy incident proves that. Looks like we have a high scoring game on our hands!

    • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 20:49 GMT

      hoping a blast frm wi!!!

    • POSTED BY PFEL on | March 27, 2014, 20:45 GMT

      No, Bollinger has to play. He was the pick of the bowlers last game. No way he would be left out for the likes of Coulter-Nile.

    • POSTED BY ABHICA on | March 27, 2014, 20:29 GMT

      WI should be fav, as having 2 quality spinners,Aus hav none,also being a day match ,spinners will not get affected by dew...so WI...provided they bat well..

    • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 19:26 GMT

      Simmons is one of west Indies best batsmen at the moment. he's in form and doesn't soak up as much dots as Samuels or Gayle.If anyone needs to be dropped it would be Samuels as he hasn't contributed anything regularly the past few games

    • POSTED BY openbat04 on | March 27, 2014, 19:06 GMT

      @Shariq Babar, simmons is in very fine form at the moment, he bats at 3 because he is a top order batsman who plays spin very well,sammy is not a top order batsman nor does he play spin well, and simmons is no failure in this format, he is one of the most destructive batsmen in the west indies

    • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 19:05 GMT

      well austrilia can win this match if they keep gayle calm and still in no form. I guess austrili will win this without any pressure from westindies

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT

      Anybody reading this should note that Ind is winning all the matches. There is little doubt over Ind not winning against Aus who always surrender against spin. Remember 4-0 against India in test. This slow and sluggish pitches are not helping them either.

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT

      This is Do or Die match for both Team - Australia and West Indies. Both teams have lost to at-least one good Team in their group - Bangladesh is bonus. Both Team needs win to keep their hopes alive in Tournament. Australia don't stand chance of winning against India - India looks good in Batting/ Bowling department (specially Spin which is weak point for Australia). This match will decide - 2nd team who will not qualify from this group. India/ Pakistan looks good to qualify for Semis - although Pak is still on edge and always surprise with good/bad results.

    • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 18:17 GMT

      west infies should have chanderpaul in middle.

    • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 27, 2014, 18:03 GMT

      This is the game of the day for me. Cause, India will easily beat BD later in the evening. Australia will face an acid test of spin bowling. It's a simple equation - if the Aussies lose, they are GONE from the tournament. If the WI lose, it will throw the group wide open where PAK, AUS, WI and even BD can join India into the semi finals. This has to be the best World T20 I have ever witnessed. Can't wait for tomorrow.

    • POSTED BY hurting_westindian on | March 27, 2014, 18:00 GMT

      Unfortunately it will be Australia's game to loose. If only 2 of Aus batsmen fire WI will be chasing a big score and they don't have the ability to chase a big score under pressure. If WI bat first their batsmen will just swing wildly and end up with a below average total and Aus will most likely take the game.

    • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | March 27, 2014, 17:38 GMT

      This is a mouth watering game! Aussies once again will be facing the spin test! THis being a day match not much to fuss about the dew - an interesting game that as a neutral u wud love watching!

    • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 14:53 GMT

      tomorrow it will be a fascinating match

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 14:52 GMT

      Dont understand Sammys captaincy, what the hell simmons is doing at number 3, he is a failure in this format Sammy should bat at number 3 if run rate is below. Gayel is not in form and its effecting west ind big time, simmons should not play even if he is then he should bat at 6 not 3. West Ind really missing Pollard that could be a blow to their batting

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 14:48 GMT

      Its a do or die match for Australia i am sure they will win it, there are few weakness in this playing XI, including faulkner means aussies playing with mostly a batsmen and big hitter, drop haddin let warner or any other keep and include White. Other then this Aus should not drop bollinger as his experience will be good for aussies, bolinger, faulkner, watson, starc these all seamers u need.

      West Indies are not in form by any means gayle and smith samueal and Simmons are struggling big time i see aussies easily winning this

    • POSTED BY zeus_kris on | March 27, 2014, 13:38 GMT

      Drop Haddin and Hogg and play White and Muirhead.

      Warner (wk), Finch, Watson, Bailey, Maxwell, White, Hodge, Faulkner, Coulter Nile, Starc, Muirhead

      I cannot understand Australia's fascination with Haddin. Sure he was instrumental in winning the Ashes. But that is Test cricket. Here in T20s and 1-dayers he is a total liability. If anything, Australia should have picked Tim Paine for the T20 world cup.

      Keep Haddin in Tests till he retires after the next Ashes series. But playing him in T20s or one-day matches is just stupidity. He never strikes the ball right way when he comes down the order. Tim Paine can do that.

    • POSTED BY alipk52 on | March 27, 2014, 13:23 GMT

      I don't think it's wise to take Bangladesh easy, they can surprise at any stage, Pakistan and Australia need to come strong against Bangladesh, meanwhile in my opinion Australia has better chance to advance considering their breath taking batting line, they tomorrow both games and Sunday's games will give us better idea what everyone needs to do on Tuesday, advantage with Australia is their last game is against Bangladesh, a particulary low power team, hopefully for us, that will be tight match, despite All this, India's low NRR could also not favour them, but for that to be seen, Australia and Pakistan need to win all their remaining games, this group is very well alive, Pakistan is in danger mode because they don't have fire power except U.Akmal and Afridi, so it'll ask immense batting performances to help them win by big margin.

    • POSTED BY itsqashi on | March 27, 2014, 13:23 GMT

      No matter which team will win this game , this death group will decide semifinalist on RR. So Pak has two game and agianst Bangla desh they have a very good chance to bring their RR up. Pak should drop Malik and play Sharjil khan to boost their power player.

    • POSTED BY cdef on | March 27, 2014, 13:19 GMT

      whoever loses they will almost be out of the torunament, so it will be must win game for both sides, good luck to both, i want west indies to win,but whoever plays good will win

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 13:09 GMT

      time for australia to show some character...they are still favourites,..my xi for match is-=> 1.D Warner 2.A Finch(wk) 3.S Watson 4.G Maxwell 5.G Bailey(captain) 6.C White 7.J Faulkner 8.D Christian 9.M Starc 10.N C nile 11.J Muirhead. haddin is good wicketkeeper...may be best in australia...but you dont deserve a place in t20 side when u cant hit a single boundary.

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 12:48 GMT

      Brad Hodge should keep wickets and they should rest haddin and play an extra bowler preferably a spinner in James Muir..., if not cam white plays in. key hodge to keep wickets or warner should keep wickets

    • POSTED BY Cricmaths123 on | March 27, 2014, 12:01 GMT

      My 11 for the match 1. Finch 2. Warner 3. Watson 4. Bailey 5. Maxwell 6. Hodge 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Bollinger/Coulter-Nile 10. Muirhead 11. Starc. All the best Australia, go and win the trophy!!!

    • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 27, 2014, 11:17 GMT

      Bring in Rampaul in place of Russel. Not sure why WI need so many batsmen.

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 11:12 GMT

      Another Scenario might be missing above, If Aus Will win all their matches and Pak also win rest of Match, then Tie will be with IND, PAK, and AUS for SemiFinal Spot and will decided on RR.

    • POSTED BY chapathishot on | March 27, 2014, 10:43 GMT

      If Windies win the match then Austraila is more or less out of the competition,So they are going to come hard on the windies.

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 10:39 GMT

      I feel russel should be given the 4 overs to bowl because he is bowling better than most of the bowlers Only the openers need to get the momentum Gayle shud play like he generally plays...!

    • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 27, 2014, 10:13 GMT

      It's a must win game. It's hard to see either side going through if they chalk up a second loss. Is it just me that thinks it's odd that everyone else has played or is playing their 3rd game and yet Aus are just turning up for their 2nd? Both teams have more than capable batting to knock the other side over on any given day - which could be said of all the 8 test nations. Just have to see who turns up tomorrow...

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

      drop russel and play Charles,extra batsmen,barnwell is the missing link for the west indies

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    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

      drop russel and play Charles,extra batsmen,barnwell is the missing link for the west indies

    • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 27, 2014, 10:13 GMT

      It's a must win game. It's hard to see either side going through if they chalk up a second loss. Is it just me that thinks it's odd that everyone else has played or is playing their 3rd game and yet Aus are just turning up for their 2nd? Both teams have more than capable batting to knock the other side over on any given day - which could be said of all the 8 test nations. Just have to see who turns up tomorrow...

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 10:39 GMT

      I feel russel should be given the 4 overs to bowl because he is bowling better than most of the bowlers Only the openers need to get the momentum Gayle shud play like he generally plays...!

    • POSTED BY chapathishot on | March 27, 2014, 10:43 GMT

      If Windies win the match then Austraila is more or less out of the competition,So they are going to come hard on the windies.

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 11:12 GMT

      Another Scenario might be missing above, If Aus Will win all their matches and Pak also win rest of Match, then Tie will be with IND, PAK, and AUS for SemiFinal Spot and will decided on RR.

    • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 27, 2014, 11:17 GMT

      Bring in Rampaul in place of Russel. Not sure why WI need so many batsmen.

    • POSTED BY Cricmaths123 on | March 27, 2014, 12:01 GMT

      My 11 for the match 1. Finch 2. Warner 3. Watson 4. Bailey 5. Maxwell 6. Hodge 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Bollinger/Coulter-Nile 10. Muirhead 11. Starc. All the best Australia, go and win the trophy!!!

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 12:48 GMT

      Brad Hodge should keep wickets and they should rest haddin and play an extra bowler preferably a spinner in James Muir..., if not cam white plays in. key hodge to keep wickets or warner should keep wickets

    • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 13:09 GMT

      time for australia to show some character...they are still favourites,..my xi for match is-=> 1.D Warner 2.A Finch(wk) 3.S Watson 4.G Maxwell 5.G Bailey(captain) 6.C White 7.J Faulkner 8.D Christian 9.M Starc 10.N C nile 11.J Muirhead. haddin is good wicketkeeper...may be best in australia...but you dont deserve a place in t20 side when u cant hit a single boundary.

    • POSTED BY cdef on | March 27, 2014, 13:19 GMT

      whoever loses they will almost be out of the torunament, so it will be must win game for both sides, good luck to both, i want west indies to win,but whoever plays good will win