While West Indies have been knocked out of the tournament following their loss to Sri Lanka, the game will be significant for Australia as they are still very much in contention for a place in the semi-finals. Both Australia and South Africa are grappling for the second semi-final spot in Group 1.
Both the teams have three wins and one defeat from four games. However, Australia are placed at No. 2 because of a superior run rate. If they can put it across the Windies on Saturday, they will move to eight points. The Proteas have to face England in their last match and if they lose that game, the Aussies will be through. Else, it could all come down to the net run rate scenario
Australia had it all easy in the last match, getting the better of Bangladesh by eight wickets. Adam Zampa claimed a superb five-for as Bangladesh collapsed to 73. The chase was then done and dusted in a jiffy as Aaron Finch went berserk. West Indies continued their disappointing run against Sri Lanka. Shimron Hetmyer’s unbeaten 81 being the only performance of note.
Australia’s predicted XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
West Indies’ predicted XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul
Top fantasy picks for Australia vs West Indies clash: Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder
--Renin Wilben Albert