About the Match
Having suffered a 2-1 defeat in the recently concluded test series against visitors New Zealand, West Indies is now geared up for a 2-match T20 series, the first of which is scheduled to be played at Roseau on 5th July. Both teams have a fairly good mix of fast and slow bowlers and left and right combination of batsmen, some of them having played in the recently held 7th edition of the Indian Premier League and hence are in good nick to take on the opponents.
A very young side, most of whom have not played many T20 matches, is being led by the evergreen Darren Sammy who has great experience when it comes to this format of the game with 52 matches aggregating 1714 runs and a strike rate of 148.37 to his credit and in the process having smashed 37 fours and 24 sixes in total. Dinesh Ramdin is a good asset behind the wicket who again has a very good strike rate of 121.94; Sunil Narine, the all-rounder can contribute with the bat and can strike with his mesmerizing slower deliveries whenever the team needs his services. Badree can bowl off-breaks very effectively to change the course of the match and Pollard has proved his worth in all formats of the game, having the best bowling figure of 3 for 30 in 37 matches and he is capable of using the long hand methods to increase the run rate. Cottrell and Barnwell are new players who have to learn the tricks fast from their teammates to prove the worth of their selection; the bowlers have to bear in mind the experienced McCullum and team who can change situations and possess the capacity to demolish any side.
McCullum leads the side from the front having played 68 T20Is with 2044 runs, averaging 35.85 with the highest score of 123; coming close behind is the very useful all-rounder Ross Taylor, who has seen success in most of the matches contributing in all departments, especially in his acrobatic fielding skills. Southee has the best bowling figure of 5 for 18 with Craig, Anderson, Boult and Neesham, who can be very effective in any condition. The side has many players who can bowl effectively and do well with the bat too; thereby proving the mettle the New Zealand side is equipped with against the young West Indies side. Wagner and Watling are the other two experienced players who can help in guiding the teammates in polishing their skills, demonstrating the needs of the shorter but faster format of the game, most of them fitting well to the top and middle order in batting.
Being a home series, the West Indians are building their side with a mix of experience and new blood; and though the Kiwis will put up a tough challenge, we expect the home side to do well and win the game.
West Indies, 1.72 @ Bet365