West Indies vs New Zealand match 29 preview: Windies take on a classic New Zealand side

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West Indies vs New Zealand match 29 preview prediction – West Indies will take on New Zealand in Cricket World Cup’s match number 29 at Manchester tomorrow 22nd June 2019. Let’s discuss strengths and weaknesses of both the teams and the probable winner.

west indies vs new zealand match 29 preview prediction

West Indies vs New Zealand match preview – Team West Indies Preview

Apart from their big win against Pakistan, the Windies are winless so far in the tournament. Their batsmen are in form but they aren’t making the best use of it. Gayle Storm is silent after a fighting 50 that he scored against Pakistan. He is only the one who carries the innings along.

West Indies batsmen are power hitters, we all know that but they will need to play more carefully. They can’t bat like a T20 match in a 50 over world cup tournament. Like Hope, the batters will have to stick around and play a long inning. West Indies had Australia under their mat, but the bowlers ruined it all.

Australia’s never say die attitude came into play and they won the match convincingly at the end. Now they are the table toppers of this year’s cricket world cup. The batsmen will have to take more responsibility. They were in course of scoring close to 400 runs against Bangladesh, but the batsmen couldn’t stick around after getting starts. That’s why the score didn’t even reach 330 by the end of 50 overs.

West Indies vs New Zealand match 29 preview prediction

Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer batted well against Bangladesh in the last game. But they will have an uphill task of facing Trent Boult, Mitch Santner, Lockie Ferguson and Colin de Grandhomme. It won’t be easy for them. If they play 50 over match like T20 style, then the Kiwis will run through the Windies batting line up. The batsmen will have to apply themselves first and after getting well-set, they can attack the Kiwi bowlers.

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West Indies will have to show lots of patience. They will have to play a mini test match inning. The onus will be on the batsmen. If they play the Kiwi pacers well than the Windies may have a chance of winning. The bowling too was crucified by Bangladesh. The Windies team are the first who couldn’t defend a target in this competition. Sheldon Cottrell, Skipper Jason Holder, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel and Andre Russel can’t be predictable with their line and length. The Windies bowlers can’t just bowl short. It worked wonderfully against Pakistan but the same case wasn’t against Australia and Bangladesh. They will have to bowl some variations as the Kiwi batsmen will pounce on anything short. Guptill, Williamson, Lathan, Munro and Taylor are good batters. They can play short deliveries well.

West Indies should also see the fitness of their players. Andre Russell was not 100% fit in the last two games. If he is unfit then Russell should be replaced with Ashley Nurse or Kemar Roach.

West Indies vs New Zealand match 29 preview prediction

west indies vs new zealand match 29 preview

Probable 11 of West Indies:

Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shrimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo/ Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Andre Russell/Ashly Nurse/Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

West Indies vs New Zealand match preview – New Zealand Team

The Kiwis have been unbeatable so far in this tournament. They have played really well to reach this position. Now they have knocked South Africa out of this World Cup competition and certainly, they will qualify for the semi-finals. It was a master class knock from a modern-day great batsmen Kane Williamson. He stole the show from South Africa, his unbeaten 106 runs were the difference between the two sides.

West Indies vs New Zealand match 29 preview prediction

Against Windies, the top order of New Zealand needs to fire. Guptill and Munro failed to absorb the pressure against South Africa. Tom Latham and New Zealand’s most senior batsman Ross Taylor also needs to deliver. They both failed against South Africa, which brought too much pressure on Kane Williamson. But a champion player thrives in such situation as Skipper Williamson did. He still holds the key in that middle order for the Blackcaps.

New Zealand’s bowling has been tremendous in this tournament. They have made use of new ball very well till now. Williamson will expect them to continue their good bowling as Gayle Storm may be waiting for them. Trent Boult Vs Christopher Henry Gayle will be an interesting battle to watch out for.  New Zealand is the firm favourites to win this game.

Probable XI of New Zealand   

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

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