WI vs AUS 1st T20I – Match Preview
The Australia tour of West Indies 2021 is all set to get underway with a five-match T20I series. Both the teams will lock horns against each other in the first T20I match on July 9. The Aaron Finch-led Australian squad will have an uphill task facing a formidable host led forward by the skipper Kieron Pollard. With the T20 World Cup 2021 inching closer, the two teams will ensure to put their best foot forward and make the best out of the five matches.
A lot of senior Aussie men have opted out of this tour, hence, allowing an opportunity for several young players to prove their mettle at the highest level. Wes Agar received his maiden call-up while Nathan Ellis and Tanveer Sangha have been added to the reserves.
West Indies, on the other hand, have cleared their intentions to use these matches as a preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE. As a result, the home team has recalled most of their seasoned T20 players including the likes of Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle to deliver once again at the international level.
Here’s a detailed look at the WI vs AUS Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks:
|Match||Date & Time||Venue||Live Telecast & Streaming|
|WI vs AUS, 1st T20I||5 AM IST (July 10)
(07:30 PM local)
|National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia||FanCode App|
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch at the Darren Sammy cricket stadium has always been a batting paradise in the T20 format. Batsmen will look to exploit the flat deck and go all out against the bowlers. Both the teams featuring a strong batting line-up give the fans an assurance that it will be a high-scoring match.
Interestingly, the stadium averages 154 runs in the first innings as far as T20I is concerned. Therefore, a high-voltage game remains on cards in the upcoming WI vs Aus T20I match. The weather will be clear for the entire course of the match. Hence, a complete match will be on display in the first T20I.
West Indies will step into the bilateral series against the Aussies after a five-match T20I series vs South Africa. Although the home team faced a narrow defeat (2-3) at the hands of Proteas, the Pollard-led side will be confident to take on the young Australian outfit. The opening duo of Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis will ensure to give a strong start to the team's batting innings. All-rounders Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo will be the vital cog in the WI vs AUS First T20I match.
Despite some of the senior players opting out of the tour, the visitors have landed the Caribbean shores with enough depth in their T20 squad With an eye over the upcoming T20 WC, the five-match series could be a litmus test for a few players in a bid to secure a berth in the T20 WC squad. The likes of skipper Aaron Finch, Mitchell Starc, Daniel Christian bring in a lot of experience and will be handy for their team's success against West Indies.
Probable Playing XI
Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards
Aaron Finch (C), Matthew Wade (W/k), Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Dan Christian, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa
Top Fantasy Picks for West Indies vs Australia 1st T20I
Evin Lewis has established himself as a prolific batsman in the shortest format of the game. The top-order batsman is recognized as a pinch-hitter in the team. The Southpaw has featured in 40 T20I matches wherein he has scored as many as 1167 runs at an impressive average of 31.54. Although he found it difficult to stick to his red-hot form in the five-match series against the proteas, Lewis is expected to hit the right chords in the high-octane clash against the Kangaroos.
The T20 specialist, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard is a match-winner of the team. At No. 6, Pollard will play the role of a hard-hitting finisher and add as many runs at the business end of the batting innings. In 84 T20I outings, the batting all-rounder has smothered 1343 runs at a strike rate of 137.6. As a result, the right-hander is a must-have in the Dream11 Team for the first T20I between West Indies and Australia.
The Aussie skipper Aaron Finch will open the innings for the team. Since his debut, Finch has cemented his position as a vintage batsman. He holds the potential to decimate the opposition bowling attack on any given day. In the 71 T20I matches that he has played, the opener has smashed 2346 runs at an average of 38.46. Moreover, he has registered two centuries in the shortest format of the game. As a result, he might win maximum fantasy points in today’s WI vs AUS Dream11 team.
The premier Aussie bowler, Mitchell Starc will spearhead the fast bowling unit from the front. Starc is revered as one of the most lethal bowlers in modern times. The lanky fast-seamer will make use of the conditions and keep the hosts on the backfoot. In 35 T20I matches, he has picked up 35 wickets and also has put a stop to the leakage of runs. It will be interesting if he can return with a five-wicket haul against West Indies in the first T20I.
Dream11 Team Prediction for WI vs AUS 1st T20I Match
Wicket-Keeper: Nicolas Pooran
Batsman: Aaron Finch (VC), Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard (C), Moises Henriques
All-Rounders: Mitchell March, Andre Russell, Daniel Christian
Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Dwayne Bravo, Adam Zampa
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the WI vs AUS 1st T20I?
The hosts are bolstered by plenty of experienced cricketers, unlike the visitors. In the absence of major Aussie players, West Indies look confident to register an emphatic victory. However, Australia has enough depth in their squad along with a few experienced T20 players. While West Indies will start as favorites to win the first WI vs AUS T20I, the home team won't their opposition any lightly in today's fixture.