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ICC World Cup: West Indies and New Zealand face-off to play Proteas in the semis

New Zealand, 6 out of 6 wins, table toppers and the favorites to win the World Cup will take on West Indies who managed to qualify for the quarter finals on the basis of net run rate which was higher than Ireland’s. New Zealand are playing their best cricket at the moment and a loss to West Indies is not on the cards, but who knows? Maybe, Chris Gayle will create havoc at Wellington and completely destroy New Zealand.  

Pitch and Weather

Cold and cloudy but no chances of rain. The match should not be interrupted. The forecast for Saturday is some cloud, some sun, and no chance of rain. Temperatures are expected to range between 19 and 14 degrees. There was not a blemish in the sky when the ball swung heaps for Southee against England, but there wasn’t as much assistance for the bowlers in the other two games at this venue.

Road to Quarter Finals

New Zealand (Pool A)

Matches

West Indies (Pool B)

Beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs

1st Match

Lost to Ireland by 4 wickets

Beat Scotland by 3 wickets

2nd Match

Beat Pakistan by 150 runs

Beat England by 8 wickets

3rd Match

Beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs

Beat Australia by 1 wickets

4th Match

Lost to South Africa by 257 runs

Beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets

5th Match

Lost to India by 4 wickets

Beat Bangladesh by 3 Wickets

6th Match

Beat UAE by six wickets

 

Will Chris Gayle play and make a difference for West Indies?

Head to Head:

Out of the 60 matches played between them, West Indies holds an advantage of winning 30 matches while the Kiwis have managed only 23. Remaining 7 matches were abandoned.

Previous World Cup Encounters:

1975 World Cup, London: New Zealand won by 5 wickets.

1975 World Cup, Nottingham: West Indies won by 79 runs.

1992 World Cup, Auckland: New Zealand won by 5 wickets.

 1999 World Cup, Southampton: West Indies won by 7 wickets.

2003 World Cup, Port Elizabeth: West Indies won by 20 runs.

2007 World Cup, Antigua: New Zealand won by 7 wickets.

Form Guide

If you write off the close low scoring thriller against Australia, New Zealand have looked at the top always. They have destroyed and dominated the group stage. Brendon McCullum at the top, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in the middle have proved to be assets. Corey Anderson has too played some glorious innings. Luke Ronchi has been the biggest disappointment and everyone expects him to peak at the right time in the Quarter Finals. Grant Elliot has looked edgy with the bat and he can come handy in conditions like in Wellington. The bowling has been fabulous. Except Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, no team has crossed the 200 mark against the Kiwis. Be it Tim Southee or Trent Boult, both have been excellent in swinging and bouncing conditions in the New Zealand and everyone expects them to do the same against the Calypso Kings. Daniel Vettori has looked neat and his economical spell of 10 overs adds real pressure on the batting side.

Daniel Vettori should continue his good work in the Quarters

Best Batsmen

New Zealand

Team

West Indies

Martin Guptill

Batsman

Chris Gayle

6

Matches

5

6

Innings

5

261

Total Runs

279

43.50

Average

55.80

90.62

Strike-Rate

108.56

105

Highest Score

215

 

Poor, that’s what I can say. They lost to Ireland, came back to beat Pakistan, dominated Zimbabwe, comfortably won against UAE and lost to India and South Africa badly. Poor and unpredictable. No one can say what they will do in their next game. Will Jerome Taylor and Holder take wickets at the top or will Gayle storm create havoc? They almost lost a place in the quarter finals but somehow made it and now being given a chance they need the make the most of it. They just can’t hang in there and expect their side to beat the Deadly Kiwis. Everyone needs to step up and an overall team effort is needed to get over. They aren’t the favorites to win this match but they surely have the strength to upset New Zealand.

Johnson Charles might get the nod ahead of Dwayne Smith if Chris Gayle is fit.

Best Bowler

New Zealand

Team

West Indies

Trent Boult

Bowler

Jerome Taylor

6

Matches

6

6

Innings

6

234

Runs Given

257

11

Wickets

14

15.60

Average

22.42

4.17

Economy

5.49

4/35

Best Bowling

3/15

 

Players to watch out for:

Ross Taylor:

Played a very slow innings against Bangladesh, trying to get used to the pitch and scored a 56 off 97 balls. He is man to watch out for against West Indies because we have been missing those leg side heaves for a long time. He must be missing them too and it’s a perfect occasion for Ross Taylor to step up and play a match winning innings.

Jerome Taylor:

Here is another Taylor, who would be crucial for West Indies if they want to make early strides into the New Zealand batting. His objective would be to stop Brendon McCullum and bowl a tight line and length which he has done in this World Cup. He is the man to watch out for and New Zealand batsmen must play him watchfully at the start.

Key battle to watch out for: Marlon Samuels vs. Trent Boult

The experienced Marlon Samuels will have to go through a tough phase if he comes early to play after couple of quick wickets. Trent Boult will make the ball swing and bounce and it will be a tough chapter to dealt with for Marlon Samuels and this battle would be the one to watch out for. Let’s see who wins it in the end.

Marlon Samuels is yet to fire in the World Cup. Will tomorrow be his day?

Team News

Chris Gayle is said to be still in pain after an injury and maybe not be available for the match against New Zealand. Let us see if he makes it to the ground tomorrow morning. Rest of the side seems to be same with both teams and everyone wants a cracker jack of a game.

Playing XI

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliot, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Trent Boult, Adam Milne

West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Jonathan Carter, Denesh Ramdin (wk) Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (c), Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach

 

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