While everyone predicted New Zealand to easily win against South Africa, it wasn’t as smooth of a game for the blackcaps as everyone had predicted. With a proper chase and a beautifully crafted century from the skipper, Kane Williams, New Zealand was merely able to overcome the Proteas to win the game and keep their unbeaten record alive.
-Let’s not forget that West Indies was able to beat New Zealand by well over 91 runs in the World Cup warm-up matches which gives the Windies supporters a little bit of hope for their team.
– The Caribbean team began the tournament in a sensational way demolishing Pakistan but failed to live up the expectations in the following matches. They are in a do or die situation and have to win all their remaining matches to think of the semis.
– They lost the last game against Bangladesh by 7 wickets. In which their bowlers who were Windies strenght failed to take wickets.
– Windies has won one game, lost thrice and the other one had no result.
– According to Jason Holder Russell is fit but will not Play in this Match. Carlos Brathwaite will replace him.
– Shannon Gabriel was too expensive in last game and could be replaced by Kemar Roach while Darren bravo could be replaced by Spinner Ashley Nurse. Nurse has high chances of playing this game.
– Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis will open the Innings for Windies. Both are attacking batsman. Gayle is getting good starts but is failing to convert it. Evin Lewis finally got some runs in last match. He scored 70 runs in last game.
– Very consistent Shai Hope will bat at 1 down. There is no looking back for this match from last year. He scored 3 centuries from last 12 innings and is in form of his life. He scored another 96 runs in last game.
– Nicolas Pooran will bat next at 2 down. He is one of the most attacking batsman in Windies team. He played a very matured innings of 63 against England and 25 in last game. He is in red hot form.
– Shimron Hetmyer will bat at 3 down. He is a very attacking batsman. He scored a 25 ball 50 in last game.
– Captain Holder will bat next and also lead the pace attack of team. He also is a decent batsman. He took 6 wickets in 4 games. He scored a very good 51 against the Aussies.
– Carlos Braithwaite will follow him. Braithwaite gives another bowling option to the Captain and also adds the depth of their batting.
– Darren Bravo/ Ashley Nurse will bat next. Nurse has very high chances as team doesn’t have any spin bowling option except Gayle and he can also bat in attacking manner.
– Jason Holder, Oshane Thomas Sheldon Cottrell and Shannon Gabriel/ Kemar Roach will lead the pace attack of team. Carlos Braithwaite will assist them.
– Thomas took 4-fer in 1st game and 2 wickets against Australia and was bowling with lot of pace and bounce. Cottrell took 1 wicket in last game.
New Zealand –
-Except for the warm-up match, New Zealand and Windies met each other for an ODI series way back in 2017. The 3 match series was clean swept by New Zealand as they won it 3-0.
– With 4 wins in 5 games, and 1 game washed out again India, New Zealand are at 2nd position in World Cup 2019 thus far. They will be eyeing a 5th win to get at the top of the table.
– NZ won a thriller of a game against South Africa in last match in which their Captain played a heroic knock of 106.
– Last time these 2 teams met was in the Warm up game where Windies scored 400+ runs and NZ were unable to chase it.
– Colin Munro again failed in last game and Now it’s almost possible that Henry Nicholls will replace him. Else no changes are expected in the team.
– Martin Guptill and C Munro/ Henry Nicholls will open the innings. Guptill is a dangerous batsman in this sort of condition while Munro is nothing less than him.He tries to attack the bowlers and had no second thoughts about his approach. Guptill scored 73* while munro scored 58 in 1st game. Guptill scored 35 in last game. Henry Nicholls can replace Munro due to his very poor form.
– NZ Best player Kane Williamson one of the best batsman around the world will bat at 1 down. He played one of the best knocks ever in WC. He scored 106* in last game and won the game for his team.
– Ross Taylor will bat at 4. He has been consistently scoring runs for NZ from last 2 years. He scored 82 in game against Ban and 48 in game against Afg.
– Tom Latham will bat next. He just got cured from injury, He is technically strong player and is very good player of spin.
– CDG and Jimmy Neesham will do the allrounding duties. CDG is a swing bowler while Neesham is a hit the deck bowler. Both are attacking batsman and change the course of the match on their own. Neesham took a brilliant 5-fer in game against Afghanistan. CDG scored attacking 60 runs while Neesham scored 23 runs in last game.
– M Santner will lead the spin attack of team. Santner is known for his tight line and lenght. He can also bat.
– Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry will lead the pace attack of team While CDG and J Neesham will assist them.
– All the NZ pacers are at their best and are bowling with great pace. Lockie Ferguson took 3 wickets in game. Both Henry and Ferguson are extremely quick.
Pitch Report : Old Trafford, Manchester
Pitch has no grass. It looks like a high scoring encounter it will be another high scoring encounter. Spinners will get good support. Bowling average at Manchester is 28 making it one of the toughest ground in England to bowl at.
on the otherhand Old Trafford is also a slow batting pitch 60% of the wins on this ground have been in favor of teams who have batted second. There have been 5 instances out of 48 matches where teams have crossed the 300+ mark. The runs per over aren’t great either at 4.42. The runs per wicket fall just under 29 at 28.70.
Highest Total : 336/6 Ind vs Pak (2006)
Lowest Total : 45 Can vs Eng (1979)
Average Score : 215
Total Matches : 47
Won Batting 1st : 20
Won Bowling 1st : 27
NZ ( at Manchester)
Played : 6
Won : 1
Lost : 4
NR : 1
WI ( at Manchester)
Played : 6
Won : 2
Lost : 4
Played : 64
NZ Won : 27
WI Won : 30
NR : 7
In ( last 10 ODIs) :
NZ Won : 6
WI Won : 4
In ( World cups) :
Played : 7
NZ Won : 4
WI Won : 3
NZ vs WI Head to Head
Except for the warm-up match, New Zealand and Windies met each other for an ODI series way back in 2017. The 3 match series was clean swept by New Zealand as they won it 3-0.
New Zealand’s recent ODI run (latest first):
- 19th June – Won vs South Africa by 4 wickets
- 13th June – Match abandoned vs India
- 08th June – Won vs Sri Lanka by 10 wickets
Windies’ recent ODI run (latest first):
- 17th June – Lost vs Bangladesh by 7 wickets
- 14th June – Lost vs England by 8 wickets
- 10th June – No Result vs South Africa
Team and Player Stats –
– NZ Won all the 3 previous World cup encounters against Windies.
– Windies have Won only 1 of the last 7 ODI games against the kiwis.
– Trent Boult has a bowling average of 15.58 in ODIs against Windies. In seven ODIs against the Caribbean team, Boult bagged 17 wickets at a strike rate of 21.7.
– Both Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill average over 50 with the bat against Windies. Guptill scored 588 runs in 12 ODI innings at an average of 58.8 and scored the highest individual CWC score of 237* in 2015. Taylor, on the other hand, aggregated 636 runs from 16 innings thus far at an average of 53.
WI Probable XI –Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo / Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel/ Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell
NZ Probable XI –Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry.
1] S Hope ( In great form, Must have choise, 96 in last game, default choise in WK)
2] Tom Latham ( One of the best NZ batsman, technically strong + good player of spin, Best Choice in GL for Captain)
3] Nicolas Pooran( Attacks from the very 1st ball, In red hot form)
1] Chris Gayle (Universal boss, scored nearly 450 runs in recent England series, will bowl some overs)
2] Kane Williamson (Among the top 5 best ODI players, default choice in batting section, last 4 innings this WC are 79,48,85, 106)
3] Ross Taylor( In very good form, 724 runs this year for NZ)
4] Martin Guptill( Excellent hitter of the ball, attacking 73 in 1st game, Must have in these English conditions )
5] Colin Munro ( Very attacking batsman + can also bowl, risky)
6] S Hetmyer (Hard hitting talent, Can change course of match on his own, 50 off 25 in last game)
7] Evin Lewis ( Very attacking batsman, 70 in last game)
8] H Nicholls ( Technically strong batsman, can open today, risky)
1] Jason Holder( Swing bowler + decent batsman, 4 wickets from 3 games + 35 off 15 in last game)
2] J Neesham( Explosive batsman + good bowler, 5-fer against Afg recently)
3] CDG ( Relies on swing + Attacking batsman, 60 of 47 in last game + 1 wicket)
4] Mitchell Santner ( Left arm orthodox, Lower order batting + very good spinner)
1] Trent Boult( Best bowler of NZ, relies on swing)
2] L Ferguson ( Pace, bowls upto 150ks, 3 wickets in last game, bowling with very high pace and bounce, 11 wickets this WC)
3] Matt Henry( Very good bowler with good pace, 7 wickets in last 4 games)
4] Oshane Thomas( Bowls with very good pace and bounce, 4 wickets in 1st game and 2 in last second game, Currently best windies bowler )
5] Sheldon Cottrell ( Left arm fast, Bowls very good bouncers with good pace, 5 wickets in last 4 games)
6] Shannon Gabriel ( 2 wickets in his very 1st WC match this year, High pace, very good bowler, risky )
7] Ashley Nurse ( Good off Spinner + attacking batsman, high chance to play)