West Indies vs New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 22 (Saturday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played in Manchester and will begin at 1800 HRS IST. You can also follow all the action on our live blog. (WI v NZ).
Two teams on two opposite ends of the spectrum will come face to face in match 29 of the ICC World Cup 2019. While New Zealand, unbeaten in the tournament so far, are coming off a tough win against South Africa, West Indies were handed a solid spanking in the last outing against Bangladesh where they failed to defend 321.
West Indies are not yet out of the competition but they are hanging by a thread. They need to win against New Zealand, win big and hope most other permutations and combinations work their way.
West Indies started their World Cup campaign with a bang, demolishing Pakistan by seven wickets. But since then, things have gone from bad to worse for the Caribbeans and they have suffered three defeats (against Australia, England and Bangladesh) while the game against South Africa was washed out.
The defeat against Bangladesh would have, in particular, hurt West Indies. Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer all scored half-centuries to propel the side to 321/8. But Bangladesh, led by the ageless Shakib Al Hasan chased down the target with 50 balls to spare.
West Indies' one-dimensional attack is what is hurting them the most. Jason Holder, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel and Andre Russell are all of a similar mould and pace. They have been good in patches but once the batsmen get used to them it has been easy pickings. The Islanders have to find a way to somehow incorporate spinner Ashley Nurse in this setup and break the monotony. Another area where the West Indians have really been disappointing is their fielding. There were innumerable fielding lapses and dropped catches in the previous game against Bangladesh and that is one area they will really have to buck up.
West Indies are currently lying seventh in the 10-team standings with just three points in their kitty and they can’t afford any further loss to stay in the mix for a semifinal spot.
New Zealand, on the other hand, are sitting pretty at the second spot with nine points, which includes four wins out of five games with the match against India being washed out. Their hard-fought win against South Africa would have bound to give them a lot of confidence and as they now enter the last half of the group stage Kane Williamson will hope his side retains the intensity.
New Zealand have so far defeated Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and South Africa but their real test starts now as after West Indies, they will have three tough encounters against Pakistan, Australia and England, so stepping the foot away from the gas is not an option.
The bowlers have largely done the job but the batting unit is yet to click as a unit. Williamson orchestrated a terrific chase against South Africa while Colin de Grandhomme was also effective. However against higher-ranked nations, the captain will hope for the likes of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham to get going and contribute big.
They encounter will take place at Old Trafford, in Manchester. The two games take place so far at this venue have been real high-scoring ones and one might expect the same considering the fire power the two lineups boast of. Weather has also been a factor at Manchester but the forecast for Saturday (June 22) largely looks clear.
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