Sunil Narine picked up Steven Smith's wicket the last time WI, AUS clashed © AFP
Sunil Narine has already picked Steven Smith’s wicket in this series once  © AFP

West Indies are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with just 8 points from 4 matches, while Australia are well placed at No.2 with 11 points. Australia could only accommodate one over in their last match against South Africa at Barbados, which was abandoned due to unplayable conditions. West Indies are coming in after winning their last match against Australia, thanks to a well constructed 87-ball 92 from Marlon Samuels. West Indies prevailed over the visitors by 4 wickets. Vishal Mehra, highlights a few key battles which is likely to place in a heated contest on Tuesday. Full Cricket Scorecard, West Indies vs Australia, 8th ODI Match

Sunil Narine vs Steven Smith: In the battle of the S’s Sunil prevailed the first time these two team collided in the Tri-Nation Series. Smith was looking fidgety against Narine  early on which eventually led to his wicket. Smith was unlucky to be given out as the replay clearly suggested that the ball was going down the leg side. This would have only ignited Smith’s desire to well against him. Narine on the other hand has been on a remarkable wicket taking spree, he could be a force to reckon. The second time around Smith played Narine with much ease milking him for 10 runs in the 20 balls he faced.

Marlon Samuels vs Mitchell Starc: Samuels who was star the last time these two team meant will hope to continue from where he left the ground from. Samuels cracked a 87-ball 92 knock which unfortunately was controversial thanks to Mathew Wade antics. Starc was is on a comeback trail managed has been quick and economical in the series so far. He was rested against West Indies in their last match. Starc will add much need pace and aggression to fend of any Samuels onslaught.

Usman Khawaja vs Carlos Brathwaite: Khawaja has been the find for Australia in the last one or so. He has performed well in all three formats he has played for Australia. He in this series has amassed 186 runs in 5 matches next only to South Africa’s Hashim Amla. Khawaja has been the corner stone for Australia in this series after the injury to David Warner, that ruled him out. West Indies cricket’s new starlet Brathwaite has been the second best bowler for them in the series apart from Narine. Brathwaite has so far picked 5 wickets in the 4 matches he has featured in.

Johnson Charles vs Josh Hazlewood: Charles who somewhat came into form against South Africa will hope to see the same from their maverick player. Charles, who was the game changer in the ICC World T20 2016 against India in the semi-finals, has been in poor form with the bat. Hazlewood on the flip side has been very very tight in his line and length. Knowing how Charles has a problem against out swinging delivery it will only give much hope to Hazlewood to get another victim in his kitty.

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @capturethecatch )