Cricket Betting: Watson back to best
Shane Watson continues his climb back to full fitness and is close to his destructive best.
A very professional performance from the Aussies saw them win a match that Chris Cairns feels the West Indies should have and could have made a lot closer.
It's a conundrum as to where and when Pollard should bat.
Obviously another two overs earlier of his batting in the last T20 would have meant a score in the 170 vicinity, which would have posed a significantly different proposition. But Pollard did everything he could and it was the top order players who let the West Indies down.
Darren Bravo has been dropped and it will be a searching time for him as I think he has the goods to be an excellent player. How players bounce back after being dropped is a telling sign of whether they have the mental drive to come back as a better player.
The WI must force the pace more and Barbados may be a little more to the WI liking as it will no doubt be slower and continue to slow up as the match progresses.
As much as we state how the WI should have pushed the pace, credit must go to Lee and Pattinson. Aggressive fast bowling is always great to watch and these two were big contributors to the win. On the slower wicket in Barbados don't be surprised to see slower bowling introduced early and Dave Hussey may well find himself bowling inside the first six overs.
Shane Watson continues his climb back to full fitness and is close to his destructive best. With Warner missing out, these two Aussie openers are a tough proposition for any International bowling attack. Warner is due and I would back him in the next match as top Australian scorer.
It's hard to go past the Aussies in this match. I predicted the WI in the first but I always felt the Aussies would come back in the second. The WI are currently too reliant on Pollard fireworks and I feel he will fail in the second T20, which means a significant gap in the match-up of the sides.
A comfortable victory for Australia is the sensible option.
But after all, it is T20 where sensibility rarely prevails!