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T20 World Cup 2021, Australia vs West Indies, first ball pm (AEDT) — Only a minor miracle would deny Australia playing in the T20 World Cup semi finals should it beat the already-eliminated West Indies on Saturday.

Aaron Finch’s side is on the verge of progressing from the group of death with England — victory in Abu Dhabi will virtually assure its passage.

Should Australia win, South Africa would need to beat the undefeated England on Sunday morning (1am AEDT), and handsomely, to go above Australia on net run rate.

Australia would do well, however, to keep its focus away from the semi final permutations and squarely on the West Indies, who shouldn’t be considered an easybeat.

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MATCH CENTRE: Australia vs West Indies, live scoreboard, video, stats

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Less than four months ago, Australia was losing a five-match T20 series in straight sets to the West Indies.

Australia was missing a number of first XI players, but it’s worth noting that its bowling attack was not vastly different with Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar all involved.

The West Indies lead Australia 3-2 in their T20 World Cup meetings, while some of Justin Langer’s key men have troubling histories against the side.

As per ESPNcricinfo, Finch has fallen to spinner Hayden Walsh in all three innings he has faced him in in T20I cricket.

Meanwhile, Chris Gayle, strikes at 233 against Glenn Maxwell and a whopping 256 against leg-spinner Adam Zampa. He’s never been dismissed by the pair, or Mitchell Starc, in T20Is either.

Furthermore, Saturday’s match takes place in Abu Dhabi, which has offered some extra help for the fast bowlers and could bring the West Indies’ quicks into play.

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The West Indies’ World Cup campaign has left plenty to be desired, but the defending champions can now throw caution to the wind — an approach that can sometimes pay off in T20 cricket.

That’s something Australia captain Finch is aware of, saying: “West Indies is such a dangerous side. We saw that when we played them.

“Obviously with them being out of the competition now they’ve got nothing to lose, which can also be a really dangerous spot.”

Nonetheless, Australia heads into the match having claimed its quickest T20 World Cup win; an eight-wicket drubbing of Bangladesh with 82 balls remaining.

That victory put Australia in the box seat to progress to the semi finals having been behind South Africa’s net run rate before the win.

The West Indies have won just one match this tournament, which came against the lowly Bangladesh outfit.

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TEAMS

Australia (possible): David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

West Indies (possible): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh Jr

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