Australia and the West Indies will meet for the 2nd time this tournament in the 2nd major semi-final where the winner will play either Sri Lanka or India. Australia have been the surprise package of the tournament, no one gave them much hope at the start but now they are one of the favorites. The West Indies always put up a good fight but were severly smashed by Australia in the Group Stage. The West Indies need Chris Gayle to perform in this game as it would relieve so much pressure off the rest of the team. Shane Watson has 4 Man of the Match Awards and one was against the West Indies and he would like to finish what he started in the Group Stage.
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Match Information :
October 6, Colombo
Starting Time: 1900 Local Time (1330 GMT Time)
Shane Watson vs Chris Gayle
Both Australia and the West Indies have players that can take a match away from another team like David Warner from Australia and Kieron Pollard from the West Indies but Shane Watson and Chris Gayle are two of the strongest players in this tournament. Chris Gayle has a huge reputation for his hard hitting but he is yet to be his usual consistent self. Watson has guided Australia from the Group stage to this Semi-final and he will continue to do so if the West Indies aren’t careful.
Australia have made it clear that David Hussey is a strong contender to play his first game of the tournament which could mean Glen Maxwell will sit out.
Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Michael Hussey, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Cameron White, 6 Glenn Maxwell/David Hussey, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Brad Hogg, 11 Xavier Doherty
The Colombo pitch assists the spinners which should mean that the West Indies will continue to go with Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree in the same XI.
West Indies (probable) 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Dwayne Bravo, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Andre Russell, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Ravi Rampaul.