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West Indies vs New Zealand, WI vs NZ, Today Match Prediction

Kensington Oval, Barbados, West Indies

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Toss Winner - West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first

West Indies are on the verge of a rare series win against New Zealand.

  • West Indies won the first ODI by 5 wickets.
  • Shamarh Brooks 79 eased West Indies’ chase after bowlers set up an easy target.
  • New Zealand have won 4 out of the last 5 ODIs against West Indies.

We predict that New Zealand will defeat West Indies.

Tournament: New Zealand tour of West Indies, 2022 | Format: ODI | Venue: Kensington Oval, Barbados, West Indies | Toss: To Bowl

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West Indies will play New Zealand in the 2nd ODI of the 3-match ODI series at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown. The match is scheduled to play on 19th August from 8 pm onwards. West Indies won the first ODI by 5 wickets to take a lead of 1-0. A win in the second game will give West Indies their first ODI series win against New Zealand after 10 years.

Batting first New Zealand, New Zealand put up a strong start of 41 in the first 8 overs. But a beautiful spell from Akeal Hosein and Alzarri Joseph halted their progression to 191 for the loss of 10 wickets. West Indies faced some initial setbacks after their openers got out cheaply. Shamarh Brooks scored 79 off 91 runs to guide West Indies to their first victory in the last 6 ODI matches against New Zealand.

With the victory, West Indies are now moved to 5th place of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League with 90 points. They are still a place below New Zealand based on the NRR. A win in the second game will help West Indies topple the visitors in the points table. On the other side, New Zealand can go to the top four if they overpower the Caribean side.

New Zealand has 5 victories in their last 6 games against West Indies. 

West Indies Preview

After the T20I series loss, West Indies finally found their mojo by winning back-to-back games (1 T20I and 1 ODI) against the full strength of New Zealand. It is highly unlikely that West Indies will make a change in the winning squad after adding Jermaine Blackwood and Keacy Carty as last-minute injury replacements. Shai Hope and Kyle Myres will be opening the innings after failing to put a strong partnership in the first game. But Hope has 788 runs in 18 games of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. He will have a crucial role if the pitch doesn’t aid run-making again.

Shamarh Brooks will give a balance to the top order after scoring 79 runs in the first game. He shared a 75-run partnership with Nicholas Poorn in the middle to rescue West Indies after early setbacks. Brooks is averaging 47.41 in his last 13 ODIs with 569 runs and it includes a century & 4 half-centuries. Except for Pooran, the West Indies middle-order is a bit inexperienced. Carty and Blackwood have an experience of just 10 ODIs with 148 runs scored collectively. All-rounder Jason Holder is struggling to play his part with the bat. He has 30 runs in the last 4 games. But 7 wickets in these games have eased his pressure a little.

Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hossein will lead the pace and spin attack respectively for West Indies. Hossein is the leading wicket-taker of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League with 38 wickets at 22.26 while Joseph is just a place below him with 32 wickets at 24.65. Both took 3 wickets each in the first ODI at an economy of 3.55. West Indies played 2 extra spinners with Hossein. Both debutants Kevin Sinclair and Kevin Sinclair impressed everyone with their economical bowling.

Key Players: Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Akeal Hossein.

West Indies Predicted Playing XI:

Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Keacy Carty, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Kevin Sinclair

West Indies Key Players From Previous Game Of New Zealand tour of West Indies, 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
S Brooks
79
91
9
1
86.81
N Pooran
28
47
2
0
59.57
S Hope
26
24
4
1
108.33
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
A Hosein
10.0
0
28
3
2.8
A Joseph
8.2
0
36
3
4.32
J Holder
8.0
1
39
2
4.88

New Zealand Preview

The situation is not as critical as it looks on the New Zealand side. Though they played to their full strength, it was once a moon loss for the visitors. Guptil and Finn Allen produced a good start in the first ODI. The duo will once again open the innings. Guptil is averaging 57.16 in the last 6 ODIs with 2 centuries and 1 half-century. Williamson played his first ODI after a gap of 2 and a half years. His 34 off 50 showed that he hasn’t lost touch. He will be important for New Zealand on the spin-friendly pitch of Bridgetown.

Just like West Indies, New Zealand’s middle-order (excluding Tom Latham) is inexperienced in this format. But the names are Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell. So no worries on that front. Conway has 229 runs in 4 ODIs while Mitchell has 206 in the same innings with a century and a half-century. Michael Bracewell scored 31 runs in the 1st ODI. Well, he has been settling nicely at the number 7 position after scoring 190 runs against Ireland in 3 ODIs without getting out.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee will lead the bowling attack in the absence of Matt Henry. Both took 2 wickets each in the first game. Lockie Fergusson’s form is a bit of a concern for the visitors. He went for 55 in his 8 overs. Mitchell Santner will be controlling the spin department. West Indies spinners had a magical impact in the first game. It will be interesting to see if New Zealand adds Ish Sodhi in the mix over Ferguson. 

Key Players: Martin Guptil, Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner 

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

New Zealand Key Players From Previous Game Of New Zealand tour of West Indies, 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
K Williamson
34
50
4
0
68
M Bracewell
31
33
5
0
93.94
F Allen
25
24
2
2
104.17
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
T Boult
10.0
0
49
2
4.9
T Southee
10.0
0
39
2
3.9
M Santner
7.0
0
25
1
3.57
HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds

Weather Conditions

The atmosphere will be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. The temperature will range between 26 and 30°C. The wind will be flowing from the southwest at 15-30 km. The pitch offers assistance to spinners. The expectation of a low-scoring game is highly likely.

Venue Details

The 2nd ODI between West Indies and New Zealand will be played at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown. It has hosted 55 Tests, 46 ODIs & 27 T20Is so far. England has posted the highest ODI score of 364 for 4 against West Indies at this venue. It is a home ground for Barbados Royals.

Toss: To Bowl

In 46 ODIs, teams have successfully defended the target on 24 occasions. The team batting first has defended the target on 20 occasions. The average first innings score is 228 while it is 199 for the second innings. On the last five games team batting second has won 4 times. The team winning the toss should field first.

Back-to-back wins against New Zealand have put West Indies in the front seat. But the car is still controlled by the New Zealand side. It was New Zealand’s first loss in the last 10 ODI matches. On the other hand, it was West Indies' first win in the last 10 ODIs. Though New Zealand have lost both games played at this venue, they have lost just one game in the last 6 occasions against the West Indies side. 

We predict that New Zealand will defeat West Indies.

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