Man of the Match: KS Williamson
New Zealand aim to secure semifinal berth against West Indies
Our Prediction is New Zealand to win!
New Zealand will be looking to secure their place in the semifinals when they face West Indies in the 29th game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Manchester on Saturday.
Kane Williamson will be pleased with his side’s performance against South Africa. With this result, New Zealand is currently lying at the top of the league table with 9 points to their name. The side will be looking to continue their winning run against West Indies.
On the other hand, West Indies will be looking to make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game. Jason Holder will be hoping that side can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in order to end their losing streak.
In their previous game, West Indies suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. The result left West Indies with just three points from five matches, which means it is not entirely in their hands to cement a place in the playoffs.
In the batting department, the home side will be heavily depending on Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope, who so far has scored 186 runs in 4 matches at an average of 46.50, and middle-order batsman, who scored 162 runs at an average of 54.00.
Shai Hope was the standout performer with the bat for West Indies against Bangladesh. He scored 96 off 121 balls with the help of four fours and a six. He will be keen to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in the next couple of matches.
Opening batsman Evin Lewis found a form with the bat in the previous game. He scored 70 off 67 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. He will be looking to continue his good form with the bat in this fixture Shimron Hetymer played well and scored a brisk half-century to see West Indies post 321 for 8 from 50 overs. Left-hander smashed 50 off 26 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes.
In the bowling department, the dependence is clearly on right-arm quick Oshane Thomas, who is the West Indies’ leading wicket-taker with 7 scalps with an economy rate of 6.60. Andre Russell, Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel will need to probing spells in order for West Indies to take early wickets.
Jason Holder (captain), Shai Hope (wk), Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas
Kemar Roach, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Ashley Nurse, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas, Chris Gayle
New Zealand has shown excellent form with the bat and ball in this World Cup. In the batting department, the focus will be on the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Martin Guptill to produce runs with the bat. Skipper Kane Williamson was a standout performer with the bat in the game played against South Africa.
He scored unbeaten 106 runs off 138 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. He was well supported by all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who chipped in with 60 runs off 47 balls. Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill put on a 60-run partnership to see New Zealand get off to a decent start. Guptill scored 35 off 59 balls with the help of five boundaries. Kane Williamson is currently New Zealand’s leading run-scorer with 225 runs in 3 innings at an average of 225.00. The side has a strong middle-order consisting of players like Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and James Neesham, who all can deliver big runs on a given day.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson will be looking to make early inroads in this game. Medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner also bowled well in the previous played against
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Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, KS Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The bowlers will need to bowl right lengths to get a wicket on this surface. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday will remain partly cloudy throughout the day.
Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester is going to be played between New Zealand and West Indies. Jason Holder and co. will take heart from the fact that they registered a comprehensive win over New Zealand in the warm-up game leading up to the Cricket World Cup. New Zealand come out top in their previous World Cup clash played at Christchurch in 2015.
Both the teams would be looking to win the toss and bat first. The previous two games played at this venue have been won by sides batting first.
Based on current form, New Zealand will be outright favorites to win their game against West Indies. The side has quality players like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Trent Boult in their ranks. New Zealand will be looking to deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in this game.
Expect New Zealand to continue their winning streak in this game!
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