New Zealand have won all of their last five ODI matches against West Indies.
WI vs NZ Team Preview:
West Indies (WI) are set to clast against New Zealand (NZ) in the first ODI match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Wednesday. West Indies managed a consolation win in the last T20I match against New Zealand with a series loss of 2-1. West Indies are struggling for a win in the recent ODI matches after their 0-3 loss against India at home. They lost by 0-3 against Bangladesh at home and by 0-3 against Pakistan away in the previous ODI series as well. Their last ODI win came against the Netherlands on June 4 and now they rank in 9th position in the ICC ODI teams’ chart.
New Zealand ended their recent Europe tour with 11 wins in 11 white-ball matches against Scotland, Netherlands, and Ireland. They are unbeaten in ODIs this year and have won the last five ODI matches against West Indies as well. Both teams have named the strongest possible squad for this series and it will be a mouth-watering clash on Wednesday.
WI vs NZ Match Details:
West Indies vs New Zealand, 1st ODI
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date & Time: 17th August at 11:30 PM IST and 2:00 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: FanCode
WI vs NZ, 1st ODI, Pitch Report:
The pitch at Kensington Oval is well balanced for both batters and bowlers in ODI cricket. The average score in the first innings here is around 230 runs and teams batting second have won more matches here. In the recent T20I series batters managed to dominate while batting first and we can expect a high-scoring clash on Wednesday.
New Zealand Matt Henry is set to miss this series after suffering a rib injury and is replaced by Ben Sears.
WI vs NZ, 1st ODI, Probable Playing XIs:
Shai Hope (wk), Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul.
Martin Guptil, Tom Latham (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi.
Top Picks for WI vs NZ Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
The ace batter is returning to ODI cricket after a big gap of almost two and half years. He last played an ODI fixture against Australia in March 2020 but remains the best batter for the Kiwis in all three formats. He scored 75 runs in three T20I matches against West Indies and is in good momentum before this fixture.
The 31-year-old batter has played only three ODI matches so far but has scored 225 runs at a strike rate of 88.23. He is in form of his life in white-ball cricket and will be a key batter for Kiwis in this series. He scored 106 runs in three T20I matches against West Indies and will be a good captaincy choice in this match.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
The in-form all-rounder has a lot of competition with so many talented all-round options in this match. But his current form favors him over the likes of Jason Holder, James Neesham, and Michael Bracewell. He scored unbeaten 74 runs in his last ODI match against Scotland and 48 runs off 20 balls against West Indies in the second T20I match.
Top Picks – Bowlers
The star left-arm pacer will be returning to ODI cricket after a gap of more than four months. He took a wicket in two T20I matches against West Indies and 16 wickets against England in three-match Test series. He has taken 169 wickets in 93 ODI matches at an average of 25.21 and an impressive economy rate of 4.99 so far.
The 27-year-old left-arm leg-spinner made his ODI debut against Bangladesh last month and he has taken eight wickets in just four matches so far. He took two wickets against India in the first ODI match but missed the rest of the series with an injury.
Top Picks – Wicketkeeper
The experienced wicketkeeper-batter remains an integral part of West Indies’ ODI setup. He scored a century against India and Pakistan but struggled for consistency against Bangladesh. Hope has scored 4215 runs in 101 ODI matches at an average of 49.58 and a strike rate of 75.06 so far.
WI vs NZ Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for WI vs NZ Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Shai Hope (vc), Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptil, Brandon King, Jason Holder, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Mayers, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Gudakesh Motie.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for WI vs NZ Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway (vc), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Daryl Mitchell, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph.
WI vs NZ Risky Captaincy Choice:
The wicketkeeper-batter is witnessing a poor start to his captaincy career with nine losses in nine ODI matches so far. His individual form is also affected recently but he remains one of the best batters on West Indies’ current team. He has scored 1434 runs in 49 ODI matches at an average of 35.85 and a strike rate of 94.90 so far.
The big-hitter has scored 1447 runs in 47 ODI matches at an average of 35.29 and a strike rate of 106.39. But he is yet to make an appearance in a fifty-over game this year due to consistent fitness issues. He smashed fifty against India in the last T20I match but scored only 16 runs in two matches against New Zealand last week.
Player you should avoid:
The experienced wicketkeeper-batter failed to make an appearance in the T20I series against West Indies. He scored fifty against Ireland in the second ODI but managed only 53 runs in the other two matches last month.
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