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West Indies vs Australia 1st T20 Predictions & Tips - West Indies backed for victory in series opener

  • West Indies vs Australia predictions for Saturday’s T20I cricket match
  • The match will be played in Gros Islet at 00:30 BST
  • Evin Lewis showed some good form with 2 scores of 50+ runs in the last series
  • I am tipping the West Indies to take a 1-0 lead in the series
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Evin Lewis is tipped for runs against Australia (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 09 Jul 2021
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West Indies vs Australia Tips


Australia arrive in the West Indies having last played the T20I format in March. They are also missing a few big name players so I’m backing the hosts to win the first match of the series.

  • West Indies’ Evin Lewis has scored 2 50+ scores in his last 5 T20I matches.
  • West Indies’ Evin Lewis has scored 27+ runs in 3 of his last 5 T20I matches.
  • Australia’s Aaron Finch has scored 69, 79 & 36 runs in his last 3 T20I matches.
  • Australia have lost 7 of their last 11 T20I matches.

Head to Head


West Indies have won four of their last five T20I matches against Australia. Their last match took place in 2014 where the Windies won by six wickets.

West Indies Form


The West Indies lost their most recent T20I series 3-2 to South Africa. In many ways they will believe they should have won the series but serious batting frailties cost them in the end. 

With the series level at 2-2, the 5th T20 turned into a winner takes all scenario. South Africa batted first and scored 168 runs in their 20 overs.

The West Indies began the chase well with Evin Lewis scoring 52 runs off just 34 balls. Unfortunately the rest of the batsmen failed to back him up as the Windies ended on 143-9, losing by 25 runs.

Prior to that match the West Indies had won the 1st and 4th T20Is of the series.

West Indies Team News


The West Indies have selected the same squad as the series against South Africa. Looking to build momentum ahead of the T20 Cricket World Cup, Nicolas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer retain their spots despite poor performance.

Australia Form


Australia have not played T20I since March when they lost a five-match series in New Zealand.

With the series level at 2-2, Australia lost the final match in Wellington. Matthew Wade scored 44 and Aaron Finch 36 runs in Australia’s total of 142 batting first.

New Zealand cruised to a seven wicket victory with more than four overs to spare to secure the series victory. Riley Meredith took 2-39 to be the pick of the Australian bowlers.

Australia Team News


Australia are missing a few top players for this series. Steven Smith is injured while Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson have all opted out of the tour.

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When is West Indies vs Australia 1st T20?

The 1st T20 West Indies vs Australia is on Saturday, 10 July 2021.

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Verdict

West Indies are backed to win the 1st T20I with Evin Lewis tipped to top score. Aaron Finch showed some good form in Australia's last T20 series so the value is on him here.

Best Bet: West Indies Win Result @110.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Australia Batsman Tip: Aaron Finch Best Australia Batsman @240.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Best West Indies Batsman Tip: Evin Lewis Best West Indies Batsman @250.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit

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