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Victoria peg hopes on Bravo bravados
The Western Warriors and the Victorian Bushrangers find themselves in an unusual spot as they take on each other in a must-win game at the WACA on Sunday.
The Warriors have registered only one win from their previous three outings, while the Bushrangers have lost only one.

The Warriors humbled defending champions New South Wales Blues by 127 runs – the biggest win in the KFC Twenty20 BigBash and are high on confidence.

Thanks to an unbeaten 108 from just 58 balls by opener Shaun Marsh, the Warriors now sit pretty at the third spot on the points tally.

The southpaw was well supported by Wes Robinson, who came in for Chris Gayle, and scored a cautious 54 from 55 balls.

The West Indian captain, who sat in the Warriors’ dug-out, is likely to miss Sunday’s encounter as well. Gayle has not recovered from the side strain sustained during the Warriors’ opening match against the Southern Redbacks.

According to reports, Gayle tore a muscle in the side during the course of his aggressive 44 against the Redbacks bowlers and at least requires two weeks to fully recover.

Marsh, Robinson and Luke Ronchi made up for the missing star. The Warriors will once again be looking at the trio to give them a good start at the top of the order.

Marsh’s brother, Mitchell Marsh, joined the party with the ball and the youngster picked up four wickets for six runs in his 2.2 overs. However, the medium-pacer will be missing from the scene as he was included in the Australian Under-19 World Cup squad.

With fast bowler Brad Knowles, Nathan Coulter-Nile and off-spinner Aaron Heal making up the Warriors bowling attack, the hosts have to a lot to look forward to and go in Sunday’s match as favourites.

The Victorians, who are placed at the second spot in the standings, were earlier thrashed by the Redbacks.

They were on the wrong side of a 91-run defeat as the two teams fought for the top-of-the-table spot.

Dwayne Bravo may not have had a great run in Australia so far but he is due big time. With David Hussey, Brad Hodge, Aaron Finch and Cameron White for company, Windies all-rounder will pack some punch.


The Victorians’ line-up is capable of tearing apart any bowling attack. However, their bowling department will miss Clint McKay, who was called for the Australian Test squad.

Bravo, who has had a lukewarm season so far, is confident of a win against the Warriors and will be looking to secure the Victorians a berth in the final two spots.
 
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