New Zealand vs. West Indies
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
New Zealand -150 / West Indies +120
The West Indies will play against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester.
The West Indies were beaten by Bangladesh in their previous match. The defeat means that the West Indies must win their remaining fixtures to have any chance of qualifying for the semifinals. As it currently stands, the West Indies have 3 points from 5 games.
The West Indies lost by 7 wickets in their previous game. West Indies batted first and posted a good total of 321 runs. Shimron Hetmyer (50), Evin Lewis (70) and Shai Hope (96) were the top batsmen for the West Indies. While 321 was a big score, the West Indies could have potentially scored another 50 runs but lost key wickets at vital moments.
Unfortunately for the West Indies, the bowling was an absolute disaster. The likes of Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell and Shannon Gabriel were very expensive as they all went at economy rates of 7 and above. The West Indies bowling unit looked very one-dimensional and lacked the ability to take wickets. In conceding over 320 runs to Bangladesh, the West Indies only managed to take 3 wickets. With pressure building on this team to perform, the West Indies must improve their bowling.
Looking at their opponents, New Zealand current have 9 points having won 4 games. The Kiwis look settled and are in a very good position to make the semifinals. In their previous game, New Zealand defeated South Africa by 4 wickets.
The New Zealand bowling was very impressive against South Africa. The likes of Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult bowled with great discipline and only ensured that the team only conceded 241 runs. Ferguson was the top bowler as he took 3 wickets.
Unfortunately for New Zealand, the batting was not very good and they lost too many wickets early in the innings. The likes of Ross Taylor and Tom Latham failed and that made the task quite tough. Fortunately for the Kiwis, Kane Williamson scored an incredible century to lead the team to victory. Colin de Grandhomme also contributed with the bat by scoring 60 off 47 balls.
Old Trafford has hosted a few games in this tournament and it looks like a very good wicket for batting. England and India have both posted massive totals at this ground.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick New Zealand to win this match. The Kiwis have been in good form throughout this tournament and their bowlers have troubled every team. The West Indies lack a quality bowling unit and I see that being very problematic in this game. New Zealand have a better balance in their side and I see them being too strong for the West Indies.