About the Match
The Kiwis emerged victorious in the test series against West Indies and now will host a 3-match ODI series followed by the T20 matches. New Zealand and West Indies will take on each other in the 1st ODI match at Whangarei on 20th December, and the visitors will try to bounce back with a better performance here. Some of the Windies senior players will be missing from action in the limited overs game; it is an opportunity for the youngsters to showcase their skills and talent, to help the team redeem themselves. The Kiwis, on the other hand, are a determined unit and would try to keep their winning momentum going. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges here and win on Wednesday.
Kane Williamson is in good form with the bat and could lead the side from the front; he has resources like Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, who performed well in the test matches recently, batting all-rounder George Worker and all-rounder Todd Astle. Taylor’s well-made 107 in the second test helped them accumulate 444 runs, which the bowlers defended successfully against the Windies.
The bowling attack has pacers like Trent Boult, who finished with 6 wickets in the 2nd test, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne. George Worker, Todd Astle, and Henry Nicholls will provide the spin options and can stifle the opponents with steady breakthroughs.
The hosts have done well so far to dominate in the test series, and have plenty of match-winners who can help them win again in the ODI matches starting from Wednesday.
Jason Holder will lead the side that consists of batsmen like Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammad, Shai Hope, Kyle Hope and Chadwick Walton, who can stabilize the innings whether batting first or during a chase. The bowling unit has spinners like Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse and Kyle Hope; speedsters Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Ronsford Beaton, Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams could try and provide quick breakthroughs with their pace.
Shannon Gabriel finished with a 6-wicket haul in the 2nd test and is in good form to repeat the wicket-taking performance again; the batsmen didn’t make any notable contributions and lost the match by 240 runs while chasing a massive 444-run target.
With players like Sunil Narine, Ambris, Marlon Samuels and Alzarri Joseph out due to injury and other reasons, players like Shimron Hetmyer, Sheldon Cottrell and wicket-keeper batsman Chadwick Walton will be featured in the ODI series. We could see this rejuvenated side making a comeback on the field.
The Windies have master blasters like Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis who have done well in the shorter format of the game recently; the hosts too have showcased an all-around performance in the tests and could continue doing well here. Although the contest could be well fought by both teams, we feel that the Kiwis with their in-form batting and ruthless pace attack are better placed to emerge victorious here.