About the Match
The ODI series was drawn 2-2 by the two nations after West Indies’ emphatic victory as they defeated the hosts by 203 runs in the 5th ODI yesterday. Now the two sides will play a 2-match T20 series, the first of which is to be played on Saturday, Jan 11 at Eden Park, Auckland. After dominating the ODI series for most part, the Kiwis were unable to hold on to their lead and lost the last match; they will now look to clinch the T20 series title however, the West Indies have had great exposure to the T20 format last year and will be eager to win this contest after making a comeback to draw the ODI series.
Faced with a massive target of 364 runs, the Kiwi batsmen succumbed to the pressure of the chase, losing the match by 203 runs. The top order collapsed and the middle order did no better as the wickets fell like a pack of cards and partnerships were hard to build. They struggled and the West Indies got them all out for just 160 runs by the 30th over. It was a dismal performance and the result was too demoralizing especially after they had sniffed an ODI series win after a thunderous display of talent from their batsmen in the previous games. The bowlers weren’t as sharp and though Anderson, Williamson and Nathan got a wicket each, they found no answers to Edwards and Bravo. The team needs to now rise above this defeat and face the T20 matches with a positive attitude and try to win the matches.
Edwards and Bravo crushed the Kiwi hopes of an ODI series win by helping their team post their highest one-day total ever of 363 runs; while Edwards scored 123 runs off 108 deliveries, Bravo smashed away 106 runs off just 81 balls. The duo displayed sheer determination to get runs on board and blasted away 7 sixes and 24 boundaries between them to post a 211-run partnership for the 4th wicket. Earlier, Charles and Powell built the innings by scoring a 95-run opening stand; the batsmen showed renewed energy and spirit to do better and they succeeded in levelling the series with the help of the bowlers. While Bravo and Holder toppled the Kiwi top order taking 3 wickets between them, Miller demolished the middle order and finished with a figure of 4-45; Russell’s 2 wickets and a splendid run-out towards the end ensured a win for their team and this has given the Windies the much required boost for the upcoming T20 matches.
The Kiwis weren’t prepared for the onslaught of the West Indies batsmen in the last ODI, but they will have to be better equipped for the first T20 match to start on a winning note here. The visitors on the other hand are charged up by their tremendous display of batting skills, which will be key to their success here. While the Kiwis have the home advantage, the West Indies team has a slightly better record in this format and is looking good to win the first match.
West Indies, 2.75 @ Bet365
T20 is a format where there is much more emphasis on containing rather than taking wickets than any other format. West Indies openers are looking good to lay a solid and quick foundation and so are the openers of the home side. With both teams looking settled at the top of the order, I think there won’t be a loss of wicket before the 20-run mark regardless of the team batting first.
Runs at fall of First Wicket:
20 or over, 2.00 @ Bet365