About the Match
West Indies, with 2 points from their massive win against Pakistan, will go up against Zimbabwe, which has 2 points from their victory against UAE, on 24th Feb at the Manuka Stadium, Canberra. While West Indies is placed at 2nd position in Pool B, their opponents are at the 5th place and both teams will be in a lot of pressure to come up with a winning combination. West Indies showed that they are a formidable side to reckon with in their last outing, defeating Pakistan by a huge margin of 150 runs; Zimbabwe on the other hand won the match against UAE by 4 wickets. It will be interesting to watch both sides trying to boost their performance and continue with their winning momentum.
West Indies scored a thumping win against Pakistan by 150 runs as the batsmen set a target of 310; a well-played knock of 50 off 46 by the in-form LendI Simmons and a cameo by Andre Russell, who scored 42 off 13 in the death overs helped the Windies cross the 300-run mark. Denesh Ramdin contributed 51 off 43, Darren Bravo scored 49 off 78 and on the bowling front, Jerome Taylor had figures of 3 for 15 while Andre Russell took 3 for 33 and Sulieman Benn claimed 2 for 39. Overall they played well as a unit and performed well in all departments of the game; they are capable of continuing their winning performance against Zimbabwe in the upcoming match with experienced and explosive batsmen like LendI Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell and others who have irrefutable talent and can come up with a match-winning cameo against any team. Bowlers Jerome Taylor, Russell, Sulieman, Sammy and Holder are in good form and taking wickets consistently; the batsmen too exhibit the ability and necessary fire-power to move ahead as a team to score a victory.
While Zimbabwe did a fright to South Africa, they couldn’t turn into a win but they defeated UAE by 4 wickets with 12 balls to spare, to show they can be a tough side. Chasing down the target of 286 runs, Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular intervals but man-of the-match Williams, blasted an unbeaten 76 to snatch the contest away from the opponents. Taylor scored 47 and Ervine posted 42 to register the win; the bowlers performed well earlier with Tendai Chatara taking 3 for 42 while Williams was impressive with his all-rounder skills as he claimed 2 for 43 and Mire also took 2 for 39. Zimbabweans are a well-balanced unit with players like Sean Williams, the highest run getter whereas Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakazada, Regis Chakabva, Brendon Taylor and Craig Ervine form a stable batting line-up. Their bowling department comprises of Tendai Chatara, Tinashe Panyangara, Elton Chigumbara and Soloman Mire, who have been among the wickets; they will need to focus and put their strengths to the best of use and win the upcoming match to survive here.
Both teams have performed well in their last match with team Zimbabwe displaying their skills in all departments of the game while West Indies rising above their problems to gel as a tightly-knit unit and overcoming the challenges. Although Zimbabwe will put up a decent fight, we feel that West Indies, who have regained their confidence, are better placed to win the match on Tuesday.
West Indies, 1.20 @ Bet365