WI vs AUS Match Prediction - Who will win today's fifth T20I?

West Indies vs Australia, 2021 Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 5th T20I match between WI vs AUS?

Hayden Walsh Jr is the leading wicket-taker of the series with 11 scalps from four matches.

Andre Russell
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Preview  

West Indies had every chance of winning the fourth T20I of their five-match series against Australia. However, Mitchell Starc held his nerves and bowled brilliantly to Andre Russell, taking the visitors to a four-run win at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night.

The fifth and final game of the series is set to take place on Thursday, July 16 and the Aussies will be looking for back-to-back wins. Aaron Finch and Co need a win to take the momentum into the ODIs. The hosts, on the other hand, can’t afford to drop their guard and need to be on top.

Match Details

Match – West Indies vs Australia – 4th match

Venue – Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia

Time – 05:00 AM IST (July 17), 07:30 PM local time (July 16)

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report

The pitch is expected to be a belter for batting and the bowlers are likely to be in for a tough time under the lights. The spinners may put a lid on the run-scoring and the pacers. Batting first should be the way forward going by the trends in the series. The weather will stay clear and an uninterrupted game can be expected.

Avg score:  162 (17 T20Is in St Lucia)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 8, Lost – 9, N/R – 0

Playing combination for WI vs AUS

West Indies

Predicted XI

Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (C and WK), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh Jr, Fidel Edwards, Obed McCoy

Bench: Andre Fletcher, Hayden Walsh Jr, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Kevin Sinclair, Shimron Hetmyer

Australia

Predicted XI

Aaron Finch (C), Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott/Ashton Turner, Moises Henriques, Ashton Agar, Daniel Christian, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa

Bench: Ashton Turner/Ben McDermott, Alex Carey, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Riley Meredith

WI vs AUS Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 15 | West Indies – 9 | Australia – 6 | N/R – 0

In West Indies

Played – 8 | West Indies – 5 | Australia – 3 | N/R – 0

Probable best batsman of the match

Mitchell Marsh– Australia

Though the Aussies have lost the series, Mitchell Marsh has been able to show his class. He is currently the leading run-scorer of the series, having notched 189 runs at an average and strike-rate of 47.25 and 146.51 respectively. Marsh also has three half-centuries to show for his efforts. He is also more than handy with the ball in hand.

Probable best bowler of the match

Hayden Walsh Jr– West Indies

Hayden Walsh Jr has gone from strength to strength in the ongoing T20I series against Australia. In four matches, he has picked up 11 wickets at an outstanding average of 8.81. Moreover, with an economy rate of 6.06, he has been a tough nut to crack. Walsh Jr is again expected to be at his best in the final game of the five-match series.

Today’s match prediction: The team, batting first 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.