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World Cup 2019, Match29- NZ Vs WI, Preview: Windies Ready To Take Down The In-Form Kiwis In Must-Win Encounter

In the second game of the exciting double-header Saturday (June 22), New Zealand will be locking horns with the Windies team at the Old Trafford, Manchester. Both the sides are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results unfold in their respective previous outings. The Kiwis defeated South Africa in a last-over thrilling contest, while West Indies suffered a clinical loss at the hands of Bangladesh in the last match. However, the tournament is slowly reaching close to its business end and thus, both the teams will be desperate to add the two precious winning points to their tally.

Back during the warm-up stage, the Windies churned out a 400 plus total against New Zealand. However, coming half-way through the main round of the 2019 World Cup, both teams have absolutely experienced contrasting fortunes. The Black Caps are placed second in the points table with nine points from five matches.

On the other hand, the Caribbean side started with a resounding victory against Pakistan at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Unfortunately, their campaign has fallen apart badly. With only three points from five matches, Holder’s men are precariously placed seventh and are in dire requirement of a victory. In the history of the World Cup, New Zealand beat the Windies four times in their last five meetings.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

New Zealand

Windies

No Result

Overall (64)

27

30

7

In World Cup (7)

4

3

 

 

New Zealand’s likely Playing XI

The Kiwis are unbeaten after five matches and may not make any changes to their eleven. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have gotten the decent scores, but the team will want their openers to convert the starts. Kane Williamson must be brimming with confidence after his match-winning century versus the Proteas. He has been dismissed only once in the tournament and he’ll be a key.

Ross Taylor succumbed to a rare failure the last time and he’ll be keen to make amends. Tom Latham hasn’t quite got going and he’ll want to hit his straps at the earliest. James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme are in decent enough form. In the bowling attack, Lockie Ferguson has been their standout performer with 11 wickets. Trent Boult has been economical but needs to pick up wickets.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Windies’ likely Playing XI

The Caribbean team is likely to bring in Carlos Brathwaite in place of Darren Bravo. Their bowling has been a tad below par and Carlos gives them the additional bowling option. Shannon Gabriel conceded runs at an economy of over nine versus the Tigers and he may have to make way for Kemar Roach. Andre Russell’s knee issue will also be a matter of concern for the team.

In the batting line-up, Gayle has been a tad inconsistent after his fifty in the first match. Shai Hope has scored 186 runs, but the strike-rate of 68.13 needs to go up. Evin Lewis got a much-needed boost after his 70 in the erstwhile match. Nicholas Pooran’s red-hot form is also a positive sign for the Caribbeans. Jason Holder has blown a bit hot and cold and he needs to be on top of his game.

Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach.

Match Timings- 6:00 pm IST and 1:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.