West Indies have had a topsy-turvy tournament so far  © AFP
West Indies have had a topsy-turvy tournament so far © AFP

West Indies are all set to square off with Australia in the final of the West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2016 at Bridgetown Barbados. Despite the absence of top-notch players such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy, the hosts managed to edge past South Africa and reach the ultimate encounter of this stunning tri-series. It’s been a spectacular year for the Caribbean, as they won the ICC Women’s World T20, U-19 World Cup 2016 and ICC World T20 2016. Though the West Indians have had a hot-and-cold tournament so far, they have a home advantage and are brimming with confidence. Catch online streaming of this thriller of a contest on tensports.comFULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Australia, Tri-Nation Series 2016 Final at Barbados

After winning the ICC Cricket World 2015, Australia have been unstoppable in the 50-over format, beating India 4-1 earlier this year. Captain Steven Smith has been in a red-hot form, and is consistently in the forefront of a rescue mission. However, Australia will miss the services of their belligerent and diminutive batsman David Warner, who was ruled due to an injury. Nonetheless, Usman Khawaja has been using his blade to destructive effect and laying a solid foundation for the middle order. Among bowlers, legspinner Adam Zampa and offspinner Nathan Lyon have been provide impetus even at vital junctures. But its imperative the spin duo step in in today’s final. LIVE CRICKET SCORE: West Indies vs Australia, Tri-Nation Series 2016 Final at Barbados

West Indies batsmen, on the other hand, have been all guns blazing. Be it Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard or Darren Bravo, the entire West Indian batting line-up has been taking the bull by its horn. Thus, it will be interesting to see how they fare against the mighty Aussies in the final.