West Indies will look to carry forward the winning momentum against Australia in Match 2 © AFP
West Indies will look to carry forward the winning momentum against Australia in Match 2 © AFP

West Indies are all set to host Australia for second match of Tri-Nation Series at Providence in Guyana. The host will be high on confidence against world champions Australia after a successful start to their campaign against South Africa. Australia will be back in action post their failure at the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. The title winners of ICC World Cup 2015 — Australia, had a so-so campaign in regards to shorter format in their series against India and New Zealand earlier this year. They made a good comeback in the series against South Africa — who were playing at home however — would be hoping to carry their momentum forward. Considering West Indies out played South Africa in the first match, they might just continue with the same. Let’s throw light on the playing XI that will field against Australia. Full Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs Australia, 2nd ODI Match, Australia and South Africa in West Indies Tri-Series, 2016

Top-Order: Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher will be the openers for West Indies. Charles played a crucial role at the top providing a good  start for the West Indies while aiming against South Africa. Fletcher looked uneasy at the crease making just 11 runs and will want to combat the same against the strong bowling unit of Australia, especially with the comeback of Mitchell Starc, who is likely to open the attack for visitors. Darren Bravo was also handy with the bat, contributing 30-odd runs to keep the momentum going at the top. If these three get going from the start of their innings, the game could be in hands of host.

Middle-Order: Marlon Samuels, was the hero of ICC World T20 2016 final against England, was gone for single digit against South Africa. After a staggering century against Sri Lanka in ODI series at November, Samuels will surely look to replicate the same against Australia. Kieron Pollard is back and how! His knock of 67 against South Africa in first match of the tournament has found a lot of  accolades. He adds all the fire-power to the middle order and will want to carry forward the innings once again.

Wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin is next in line. He played just one match in the previous series against Sri Lanka. He did a fine job behind the wicket for West Indies in the T20 World Cup and will be rearing to go in this match. He was slow making just 10 runs off 23 balls against the Proteas.

Lower Order & Bowlers: Brathwaite had decent season at IPL 2016, while he also showed what he can do with the bat during ICC T20 World Cup 2016, although he was not the usual against South Africa on Friday. As for pace bowling it will be lead by Jerome Taylor and skipper Jason Holder. Both could not get any wickets against South Africa and this time will hope to get a few under their belt.

If there is one bowler who stood out for his  show was Narine, scalping 6 for 27 against South Africa. Since the game is played in the same ground, Narine could be at an advantage. He will be supported by Suliemann Benn, who was economical throughout the ICC T20 World Cup 2016, albeit picked up just a couple of wickets.

West Indies Likely XI: Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder (c), Suliemann Benn and Sunil Narine.

(Shruti Hariharan is a Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)