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After their massive victory against Bangladesh, Australia have strengthened their chances of entering the semifinals of the T20 World Cup. The Green and Golds did all that was expected of them and perhaps more. First they skittled out Bangladesh for 73 and then raced to the target in 6.2 overs.
The big win lifted their net runrate from -0.627 to 1.031. In their final group-stage game on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, the Aussies will look to not only defeat the West Indies, but also put the issue beyond the reach of South Africa – their only competitor in the race for a semifinal spot.
Currently, South Africa’s net runrate is 0.742.
West Indies, the two-time T20 World Cup champions, can be a potential banana skin for the Aussies. The Windies are “hurt” and will look to salvage some pride in a game that is going to be the last “together” for a bunch of T20 greats.

Despite possessing big-ticket names like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell, the West Indies have been a pale shadow of their past glory in this tournament, registering a solitary victory so far.
“We are not going to hide from the fact that it’s been disappointing for us. I’m sure all the guys are hurting in that dressing room. We have spoken time and time again, especially from a batting perspective, what we need to do as individuals and we have not done well,” West Indies skipper Pollard
“A couple of young guys are putting up their hands but the experienced guys, myself included, have not done well.”
For Australia, David Warner’s form is a big concern. The big-hitting southpaw’s bat has mostly been silent. He did score a quickfire 65 against the Sri Lankans, but hasn’t looked like the Warner of yore in recent times.

His opening partner and Australian captain Aaron Finch, however, hasn’t had form issues. Finch has been consistent with the bat and against Bangladesh, he was rampant, smashing the bowlers all around the park.
In a series against West Indies in the Caribbean earlier this year, Australia had lost 1-4 to the home team. Finch, therefore, doesn’t want to take things for granted.
“West Indies is such a dangerous side. We saw that when we played them. Obviously, with them being out of the competition now, they have got nothing to lose, which can also make them really dangerous,” the Aussie skipper said.
The Australian bowling attack is one of the best going around. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa cover all bases.

Zampa returned with career-best figures of 5/19 against Bangladesh and has been ably-supported by the fast bowlers in the tournament.
Zampa will pose a major challenge for the Windies stroke-makers.
In the 16 matches played between the two teams, West Indies clearly have been the dominant side. They have won 10 games, while Australia have emerged victorious on 6 occasions. In T20 World Cups, the two sides have faced each other on five occasions, where Australia have won twice whereas West Indies have won three matches.

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