Deadline: September 17, 2019 at 4:30 AM IST
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Australian bowlers have been in such a form that they make batters struggle even on batting-friendly pitches. The home team yet again fell prey to Megan Schutt’s fast bowling in the opening match, gifting her a three-wicket haul.
All T20Is will played at the Kensington Oval. Expect another low-scoring contest if Australia bowl first.
Rain is predicted throughout the day in Barbados.
Probable XI for West Indies: Kyshona Knight, Britney Cooper, Stafanie Taylor (c), Reniece Boyce (wk), Stacy-Ann King, Natasha McLean, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Shabika Gajnabi, Afy Fletcher, Shamilia Connell
Probable XI for Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Erin Burns, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Scutt, Georgia Wareham
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My 11: Alyssa Healy (wk), Kyshona Knight, Chinelle Henry, Meg Lanning (c), Stafanie Taylor, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry (vc), Afy Fletcher, Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince, Jess Jonassen
Players to watch out for
The Australian captain has been in a goddamn form. Meg Lanning’s score on the tour read 121, 58*, and 54*, receiving Player of the Match award on two occasions.
Stafanie Taylor has been doing all she could to keep West Indies in the race, but her teammates have time and again let her down. She scored 44 of West Indies’ 106 runs on Saturday. In addition, she was the only half-centurion for the home team in the ODI series.
Megan Schutt seems to love the breezy conditions in the Caribbean. She’s got the ball to move late, catching the batters in two minds. She has sniped up 8 wickets thus far on the tour.
Chinelle Henry did what other West Indian bowlers could not do. She sent the openers within the powerplay, pushing the visitors on the back foot. She ended with figures of 2 for 15 in 4 overs.
Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy, the centurions of the ODI series, had an ordinary time in the first T20I. In no time, however, they are likely to make amends.
West Indies are the defending champions of the World T20, making it difficult to write them off so soon. However, the result won’t change if they don’t play as a cohesive unit.
West Indies: Kyshona Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Stafanie Taylor (c), Natasha McLean (wk), Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Afy Fletcher, Reniece Boyce, Sheneta Grimmond, Karishma Ramharack, Shabika Gajnabi
Australia: Rachael Haynes, Megan Schutt, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Georgia Wareham, Erin Burns, Tayla Vlaeminck