About the Match
West Indies faces a must-win game on 15th March against UAE in the last group match of the world cup at McLean Park Stadium, Napier; they have just 4 points from 5 matches and need to beat UAE handsomely to boost their run rate if they want to keep any hopes of squeezing into the quarter-finals alive. They will definitely balance their form in both bowling and batting whereas UAE, who are placed in the bottom of the table, will try to score a face-saving win before heading back home and cause an upset here.
West Indies lost against India by 4 wickets in a match that went down to the wire; the batsmen set a target of 182 in 44.2 overs with Jason Holder and Darren Sammy steadying the West Indies Innings. Although Holder compiled a fine fifty, which was a gusty knock, West Indies ended up with a below par total on board due to the batting line-up collapse. Jerome Taylor bowled an excellent opening spell dismissing India’s openers while Andre Russell also picked up 2 wickets to scare the Indians but couldn’t convert to a win. They were also heavily defeated by South Africa in the previous match; the batsmen were shot out for 151 giving South Africa a huge 257-run win. It was the highest defeat margin in the world cup history in terms of runs and it severely dented their NRR. West Indies can’t afford any more lapses here to stay in contention for a spot in the quarter-finals. They have many explosive batsmen who can change the game single-handedly with the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith and Jason Holder. On the bowling front, Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell , Darren Sammy and Kemar Roach are capable of restricting the opposite team from scoring big runs; this is their last chance to make it to the quarter-finals and we are sure to see some dedicated efforts on Sunday.
It has been a disastrous run in the world cup for this team from the middle east; suffering another loss, this time against South Africa by a big margin 146 runs. Despite Swapnil Patil’s 57 off 100 and Shaiman Anwar’s 39 off 64, the team couldn’t reach the target of 342. While the duo was determined to make decent contribution, other batsmen struggled against a quality attack and hurtled towards a heavy defeat. On the bowling front, Mohammad Naveed and Mohammad Tauqir bowled reasonably well; Naveed was rewarded for his efforts with three wickets. However, their fielding was below par as they dropped a slew of chances. They also lost their previous match against Pakistan wherein Shaiman Anwar hit 66 off 88 and Khurram Khan scored 43 to resist with the bat but did not reach the mammoth target of 340 target. The bowlers need to pull up their socks while the batsmen must come out all guns blazing if they want to challenge the Windies and give a solid fight on Sunday.
UAE is not strong enough to beat West Indies but they will put some extra efforts to bounce back and win their first match before bowing out of the tournament. On the other hand, West Indies must win this game with a big margin to stand a chance to qualify; and they are definitely capable of performing to high standards and win this crucial match.
India, 1.04 @ Bet365