WI vs AUS Match Prediction - Who will win today's first ODI?

West Indies vs Australia, 2021 Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 1st ODI match between WI vs AUS?

Alex Carey has been named Australia's skipper after Aaron Finch's injury.

Alex Carey
Alex Carey. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

Preview

Australia and West Indies recently took part in a rather one-sided T20I series. The hosts won the series 4-1 and could have inflicted a whitewash as well had Andre Russell played a tad better in the fourth T20I.

It’s now time for the three-match ODI series to be played at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. The Aussies have already endured a blow after Aaron Finch has been ruled out due to an injury.

Alex Carey will don the captain’s hat in his place. The Caribbean team has had their difficulties in the 50-over format, but keeping in mind their recent form, they can fancy their chances against the Aussies.  

Match Details

Match – West Indies vs Australia – 1st match

Venue – Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Time – 00:00 AM IST (July 21), 02:30 PM local time (July 20)

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Kensington Oval has been a decent one for batting over the years. Moreover, the team, batting second has tasted quite a bit of success. Hence, chasing should be the way forward. It will be interesting to see how the track behaves under the lights. The playing conditions will be sunny with the temperature in the mid and high 20 degrees Celsius.

Avg score: 250 (39 ODIs in Barbados)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 21, Lost – 17, N/R – 1

Playing combination for WI vs AUS

West Indies

Predicted XI

Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo/Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Mohammed/Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell

Bench: Jason Mohammed/Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo/Roston Chase, Romario Shepherd, Anderson Phillip

Australia

Predicted XI

Matthew Wade, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner/Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (C and WK), Ashton Agar/Daniel Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

Bench:  Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar/Daniel Christian, Ashton Turner/Ben McDermott, Wes Agar, Riley Meredith, Mitchell Swepson, Jason Behrendorff

WI vs AUS Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 140 | West Indies – 60 | Australia – 74 | N/R – 3 | Tied- 3

In West Indies

Played – 45 | West Indies – 18 | Australia – 25 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 2

Probable best batsman of the match

Mitchell Marsh– Australia

Mitchell Marsh was outstanding in the T20I series where he ended as the leading run-scorer. He notched 219 runs from five matches at an average of 43.80 and a strike rate of 152.08. Although two of those three fifties came in losing causes, Marsh managed to grab the limelight. In ODI cricket, the right-hander has 1615 runs to his name from 60 games at an average of 34.36.

Probable best bowler of the match

Josh Hazlewood– Australia

Josh Hazlewood is known for hitting the good length time and again, and not experimenting much with his bowling. In the T20I series, he picked up four wickets and conceded runs at only 7.73 per over. He is likely to get the new ball in his hands and is expected to give his side early breakthroughs. The fast bowler has 88 wickets in his kitty from 54 matches at an economy of 4.79.

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.