With the Super 12 phase almost over, we are at the business end of the tournament with a crucial clash between Australia and the West Indies.
Heading into these final round of fixtures, Australia are in the driving seat to take the second qualification spot behind England and know that a win here against the West Indies will all but seal it unless South Africa can beat England by a huge margin.
With three wins out of the four matches they have played, Australia are the favourites and can be priced at 1.36. West Indies to claim a second win of the tournament can be backed at 3.10.
Australia vs West Indies T20 World Cup
Team news for Australia
Facing off against a Bangladesh side that recently thrashed them 4-1 in a T20 series in Bangladesh, Australia were looking for revenge and, with it, a crucial win that would put them within touching distance of reaching the T20 World Cup semi-finals. The Aussies duly delivered, thrashing a poor and beleaguered Bangladesh side by eight wickets knocking off the lowly Bangladesh total of 73 in just six overs.
The win not only gave the Australians a vital win but also boosted their net run rate significantly, which could be crucial as we head into these final rounds of matches.
With the ball, all of Australia's bowlers contributed to Bangladesh's low score, but it was Adam Zampa who stole the show with five wickets, recording tournament best figures of 5-19 through his four overs.
Zampa is the lead spinner in this side, and a lot rests on him and his uncanny ability to take vital wickets. The Aussies will need him at his best here, and odds of 3.75 to be his teams leading wicket-taker in this match could be a good bet.
Likely playing 11 of Australia
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood
Team News for West Indies
West Indies World T20 title defence officially came to an end with a defeat against Sri Lanka. The defeat eliminated the West Indies from being able to qualify for the semi-final phase, and it was a characteristically inconsistent performance that saw them eliminated. Unable to make any inroads into the Sri Lankan batting, the West Indies were left to chase 189.
During this tournament, the West Indian batsmen have never looked comfortable at the crease, and they quickly found themselves in trouble at 47/3. Shimron Hetmyer was the exception scoring 81 off just 54 balls. When he lost his wicket, that spelled the end for the West Indies, who would go on to lose by twenty runs.
Hetmyer, to be his team's top scorer again, could represent some value at 6.50.
Likely playing 11 of West Indies
Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard, Nicolas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Ravi Rampaul, Obed McCoy
Pitch and Weather Conditions
This match will be played at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
Of all the pitches at this World Cup, this one is the slowest, with the ball being slow to come on to the bat.
In total, there have been 52 T20 International matches played at the stadium, with the team that bats first having won 24 times and the team that bats second 28 times.
Betting Predictions for Australia vs West Indies
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for Australia vs West Indies:
Australia are the heavy favourites, and confidence in them shouldn't be misplaced.
So far, the West Indies have been very lackluster in this tournament, and their batting inconsistencies are a glaring problem. This match will hinge on the success of the West Indian batsman against the Australian seamers. If Australia can make early inroads into the West Indian batting lineup, it could be a long day for them.
Match Winner: Australia (1.36)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be hard to bat on, the side that wins the toss will want to put their opposition in to bat first, as the team that bats second does have a slight statistical advantage. Any score over 150 could be very hard to chase.
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Top Batsman for Australia
If Australia can make some decent progress with the bat, they could put some real pressure on the West Indies. One man who can turn the game in an instant is the pugnacious opener, David Warner. Warner has shown glimmers of what he can do in this tournament, and he will be fancying his chances against this West Indian bowling lineup.
Odds of 4.00 could represent a nice bit of value.
Top Batsman for Australia: David Warner (4.00)
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