Australia vs West Indies – A brief two-match T20I series just before the start of the T20 World Cup is beneficial for both teams. The pitch played a significant role in the first T20I, with the hosts struggling to chase down a small total.
Both teams’ key players were cheaply replaced. Maxwell and Tim David, Australia’s big-hitting all-rounders, were out for a duck. Charles, Pooran, and Powell, on the other hand, scored only 3, 2, and 7 runs, respectively. Both teams will be looking to correct this in the second T20I at The Gabba.
The bowling trio of Hazlewood, Cummins, and Starc will be major positives for Australia going forward. For the Windies, key bowler Joseph maintained his form, while debutant Yannic Cariah impressed with his leg-break bowling.
With the series on the line and some big-hitting batters in both lineups, The Gabba should be a high-scoring affair.
The 2nd T20I of Australia vs West Indies will take place on October 7th, 2022 at The Gabba, Brisbane.
Match Details to Note
Match: Australia vs West Indies, 2nd T20I, West Indies Tour of Australia 2022
Date: October 7, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 1:40 PM IST
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Soon after this T20I series concludes, Australia will host England in a three-match T20I series. With Warner back in the lineup, Finch decided not to replace Cameron Green and instead let the all-rounder open the innings for Australia.
The captain’s decision to test this opening combination is a good one. Finch demonstrated his ability to bat at any position in the order by scoring a crucial fifty at number four. Mitchell Marsh will be eager to avenge his failure to score in the first T20I. At number 7, wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade demonstrated why he is such an important part of the Australian setup.
Steve Smith had to sit out so that Green could play. While Smith has more experience, Green provides Finch with another bowling option. This T20I, as well as the subsequent T20I series against England, will serve as a proving ground for Australia to experiment with different playing XI combinations.
The bowling trio of Hazlewood, Cummins, and Starc is most likely fixed. In the previous match, these three combined for seven wickets, limiting the Windies to 145 runs.
David Warner, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Finch(c), Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Josh Inglis, Daniel Sams, Steven Smith
Players to watch out for:
The skipper hit six fours in his inning on Wednesday and has a 34.97 average with a 144.88 strike rate in this format.
The 34-year-old keeper-batter batted Australia to victory in the first game of the series, scoring 39 runs off 29 balls. In three of his last four T20Is, he has scored 39 not out, 43 not out, and 45 not out.
In the first match, the right-arm fast medium bowler dismissed Johnson Charles, Brandon King, and Rovman Powell. He now has 52 T20I wickets.
Possible Playing XI:
David Warner, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Finch (c), Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
The West Indies will almost certainly change their opening combination and bring in Shamarh Brooks for the second T20I. Brooks has taken Hetmyer’s place in the West Indies T20 World Cup squad and will need to get some game time in Australia before the tournament begins.
Brandon King has been a standout opener in the CPL, so putting him at number three doesn’t seem like a good idea. The Windies have a right-hand-left-hand combination with Charles and Mayers as openers.
Raymon Reifer, a bowling all-rounder, made his debut against Australia in the first T20I. Raymon scored 19 off 23 balls while batting at number four ahead of skipper Pooran. With Powell, Holder, and Odean Smith at 6, 7, and 8, the batting order is quite deep.
Odean Smith and Alzarri Joseph delivered crucial performances for the West Indies. The two maintained their form from CPL, and while everyone else struggled, these two appeared to be in good spirits. Odean Smith batted at number 8 and added a quick 27 off 17 balls before finishing with 1 for 19 in 3 later in the game.
West Indies’ top bowler, Alzarri, finished with 2 for 17 in 4 overs. Pooran can take these positives into the future, but he must step up and play a captain’s knock in the middle order.
Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles(w), Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran(c), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Yannic Cariah, Sheldon Cottrell, Raymon Reifer, Obed McCoy, Shamarh Brooks, Akeal Hosein
Players to watch out for:
The opener hit five fours and one six before being bowled by Pat Cummins in the first game. In recent months, he has been in excellent form in T20 cricket.
The all-rounder contributed runs and a wicket in the T20I on Wednesday. He also had a strong CPL tournament with the ball, and his variations and height make him a constant threat.
At Carrara Stadium, the right-arm fast medium bowler dismissed Cameron Green and Aaron Finch. In his last six games, he has taken at least one wicket.
Possible Playing XI:
Brandon King, Johnson Charles (wk), Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
Australia vs West Indies Top Team Batsmen
With the bat, we recommend David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Cameron Green for Australia. Warner scored 60 not out in the previous T20I at this venue.
West Indies batting picks include Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, and Johnson Charles. In this format, King has five half-centuries.
Australia vs West Indies Top Team Bowlers
Our picks for Australia’s top bowlers are Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins. In the first T20I, Cummins took the crucial wicket of top scorer Kyle Mayers.
Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder, and Sheldon Cottrell are our bowling picks for the West Indies. On Wednesday, Cottrell fired David Warner and Mitchell Marsh.
Australia vs West Indies Head to Head
Australia has cut the West Indies’ lead in this format to two matches and is aiming for their third win in a row.
Australia vs West Indies Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Australia vs West Indies Toss Prediction
In the 50 domestic T20 matches played at this venue, teams batting second have won 26 of the 50. Given the batting-friendly conditions, both teams would prefer to bowl first if they won the toss.
Australia vs West Indies Pitch Report
While the average first-inning score at this venue is 165 runs from 50 BBL games, a team has crossed the 170-run mark batting at The Gabba 23 times. This venue has only hosted 5 T20 internationals. On the international stage, the highest score chased was 161 runs.
The pitch at Brisbane’s The Gabba has bounce and pace for fast bowlers, and the consistency of this bounce is what batters can rely on to play their shots. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. The overcast weather may benefit swing bowlers with the new ball.
Australia vs West Indies Prediction
Both teams will be desperate to find their rhythm as they square off for the final time in this series at The Gabba. The bounce and pace of this pitch will allow both teams’ key players to play their natural game. As a result, we anticipate some heavy hitting from both sides. Nonetheless, with a bowling attack led by Starc and Hazlewood, Australia has the upper hand and will be our favorite to win the match. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Australia is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.22.
Australia vs West Indies Odds for Most Recommended Bet
Recommended Bet –
Pace bowler Alzarri Joseph took 2-17 from four overs in the first game and is our pick to take the most wickets for the West Indies on Friday. Alzarri Joseph has been in great form in recent months, and we recommend betting on him to take over 1.5 wickets.