West Indies vs New Zealand – Following the conclusion of their T20I series on Sunday at Sabina Park, Jamaica, the West Indies vs New Zealand will begin their three-match ODI series on Wednesday afternoon at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Last month, the West Indies were defeated 3-0 at home by India in their most recent series in this format. In their most recent ODI, New Zealand defeated Scotland. Continue reading for a preview of this day-night game. The first ODI starts at 14:00 local time.
After losing the first two T20Is, West Indies salvaged some pride by winning the final game on Sunday. They do, however, have a dismal ODI record and are up against one of the best teams in this format in this match.
New Zealand has been on a winning streak in this format for over two years. Last month, they were too strong for Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands, but this will be a much tougher test.
Match Details to Note
Match: West Indies vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, New Zealand Tour of West Indies 2022
Date: August 17, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:30 PM IST
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
West Indies Team News:
We expect skipper Nicholas Pooran to return and lead the team in this game after being rested for the final T20I on Sunday. With Roston Chase out due to injury, Rovman Powell and Romario Shepherd have no place in the squad.
West Indies Squad
Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Akeal Hosein, Kevin Sinclair, Gudakesh Motie, Keacy Carty
Players to watch out for:
The opener will serve as vice-captain as well as wicketkeeper in this series. After 101 ODIs, he has an average of 49.58.
The top order batter has struggled with fitness this summer, but when available, he has been one of the West Indies’ most consistent batters. On Sunday, he scored 53 runs off 35 balls against the New Zealand attack.
Since making his debut in January 2021, the left-arm spinner has taken 22 wickets in 26 ODIs. His best figures in this format this year were 4-39 against the Netherlands.
Possible Playing XI:
Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales/Gudakesh Motie
West Indies Team Form
West Indies have lost their last nine One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
New Zealand Team News:
With only Trent Boult rested, there was no room for sentimentality or awarding caps to newcomers in the final T20I. With over a year until the ODI World Cup, this series could be a little different, but we expect the Black Caps to field their strongest XI in this opener.
New Zealand Squad
Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears
Players to watch out for:
Kane Williamson has only played two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) since the World Cup Final defeat by a Superover in 2019. He is, however, an all-format player who will relish the opportunity to bat again in this game.
There are some doubts about Ferguson’s fitness to play in the T20 World Cup, so this series will allow him to demonstrate his ability to deliver with the white ball in a longer format.
The opening bowler is one wicket away from becoming New Zealand’s 550th wicket-taker. Richard Hadlee, Tim Southee, and Daniel Vettori are the only ones with more.
Possible Playing XI:
Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
New Zealand Team Form
In this format, the Black Caps have won their last ten games. Their most recent ODI defeat came in mid-March 2020 against Australia.
West Indies vs New Zealand Top Team Batsmen
We back Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, and Brandon King to bat for the West Indies. Pooran is one of the West Indian team’s cleanest hitters, and the skipper will have benefited from missing the final T20I.
Our batting picks for New Zealand are Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, and Devon Conway. Conway has only played three One-Day Internationals, but he has already scored a century and a fifty.
West Indies vs New Zealand Top Team Bowlers
Our picks for West Indies with the ball are Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, and Jayden Seales. Joseph has 82 one-day international wickets at an average of 27.60.
Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Tim Southee are our New Zealand bowling picks. Southee has played 143 ODIs, with his best ODI figures being 7-33.
West Indies vs New Zealand Head to Head
Although the West Indies lead New Zealand 30-28 in this format, the Black Caps have played far better in recent games. West Indies have only won one of the last nine One-Day Internationals (ODIs), dating back to December 2013.
West Indies vs New Zealand Head to Head Stats in ODI
West Indies vs New Zealand Toss Prediction
The team batting second has won five of the last seven ODIs at this venue, and we predict that if both captains win the toss ahead of this match, they will want to field first.
West Indies vs New Zealand Pitch Report
This wicket is generally better suited to spin and slower bowlers than pacers. Any score between 280 and 290 will be difficult to overcome.
There may be an isolated shower near the start of the game, but we expect dry and fine conditions for the remainder of the game, with a high of 31 degrees.
West Indies vs New Zealand Prediction
West Indies showed plenty of character to win the final T20I, and despite having some different players in this side, they will need to find the same spirit if they are to trouble New Zealand in this first ODI. Last month, the hosts pushed India close in this format, and we expect the same in this game, but we predict a New Zealand win.