Aaron Finch has more responsibility after David Warner's exit ©Getty Images
Aaron Finch has more responsibility after David Warner’s exit © Getty Images

Australia will be going up against hosts West Indies in the fifth match of Tri-Nation ODI series 2016 at St Kitts. Australia are high on confidence after beating South Africa in the previous match at the same venue. They have won two out of three matches in the tournament. West indies have a 50-50 record in the series winning one of their two matches. They had a humiliating defeat the last time they went up against the world champions Australia. They lost the match by 8 wickets, outclassed in every department of the game. Australia will be entering this fixture without the services of David Warner who got injured in the last match. Mitchell Starc’s availability is still doubtful as he shared his photo on Twitter showing sprain in his left leg. This fixture will be an interesting one as the pitch conditions favour the West Indian style of batting. The match’s outcome will be decided by how key players perform against each other. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Australia, Tri-Nation Series, Match 5 at St Kitts

Aaron Finch vs Sunil Narine: Aaron Finch showed some character in the loss suffered against South Africa. He played a lone hand of 72 while running short of partners. If he survives in the initial stages, Narine’s spin will come into play and a lot will depend on how he handles spin. Narine picked up four wickets in the opening match against South Africa and will be looking to produce a similar performance in this fixture.

Usman Khawaja vs Jerome Taylor: Khawaja has been in good touch lately after his stint with Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in Indian Premier League (IPL). With Warner ruled out of the tournament he will be opening the innings alongside Finch. He will be facing Taylor for sure as he will look to concede a few early wickets. He remained wicket-less in the previous match and will be striving to get a few wickets under his name early on in the innings.

Andre Fletcher vs Josh Hazlewood: A lot of pressure will be on Fletcher to get his side off to a flyer and at the same time refrain from losing wickets by doing anything rash. Hazlewood was recently compared to Australian legend Glenn McGrath for his knack of picking up wickets early on in the innings. He will be determined to get some early breakthroughs.

Kieron Pollard vs Adam Zampa: Pollard struggles against quality spin. He played well in the first match against South Africa to take his team home. His selection in the team was quite controversial. Zampa has improved a lot as a bowler in recent past. He has been compared to Australian legend Shane Warne. He had a good run in IPL playing for RPS. He will ask a few question from Caribbean big-hitter.

Carlos Brathwaite vs Mitchell Marsh: Brathwaite was the hero of West Indies in T20 World Cup 2016, winning it for them by hitting four sixes in the last over. Mitchell Marsh too has not failed to impress critics, performing well in IPL for RPS before he was ruled out due to injury. The battle between the all-rounders will set the tone for the match in middle overs.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)