From the top bracket, New Zealand has produced a scintillating show to sit at the second spot of the ICC World Cup 2019 points table. On the other side, the Windies looked totally a different team which has lost as many as three in five matches. They’ve steamrolled Pakistan in their World Cup opener by strangulating them at 105. However, Jason Holder-led side couldn’t inspire themselves by producing a similar sort of show while meeting Bangladesh in yet another losing cause. Now, the eyes are on the Manchester clash.
With Kiwis managing nine points in five games, the star-studded side will be raring to take down the Windies, who on their day could stun any top-notch team. Overall, they’ve had blown too cold in the coveted ICC event.
Kane show or Windies have enough in the arsenal to respond:
For New Zealand, skipper Kane Williamson has played a fantastic knock while playing according to the situation against South Africa. Williamson’s hundred has not only helped Kiwis to improve their Net Run-Rate, but it has boosted the confidence of youngsters who are eager to make an impact.
The right-handed star batsman Williamson is placed ninth on the list of most run-getters of the ongoing ICC World Cup.
On the other side, Lockie Ferguson has claimed 11 wickets in four matches– to sit at the fourth position among the highest wicket-takers of the twelfth edition of World Cup.
Kiwis pace spearhead Trent Boult would be keen to pick wickets in a flurry following a no-show-good show in his first four games.
Barring a couple of performances, Windies as a unit has struggled to execute their game-plan. They failed to show that intent which has helped them to blow away Pakistan in the very second game of ODI showpiece.
For Windies, Shai Hope is a leading run-getter with 186 runs at an average of 46.50. He has accumulated runs at the strike-rate of 68.13 in four innings.
In the bowling department, Oshane Thomas has been a highlight for the Windies’ camp. He has snared seven wickets in five matches so far with Andre Russell and Sheldon Cottrell following him with five wickets each.
ICC World Cup 2019: Windies vs New Zealand – Head-to-head ODIs:
While going by the head-to-head record of both teams, Windies has certainly an upper hand in ODI cricket by winning 30, whereas, Black Caps managed to win 27 in 64 matches. Furthermore, seven games ended up without any result.
However, in seven World Cup fixtures, New Zealand has won four games and in three Windies crossed over the line.
ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand vs Windies, Old Trafford, Manchester – Match Prediction
New Zealand has played some remarkable cricket so far in the United Kingdom (UK). The ostentatious bunch of professionals has had further made it a cakewalk in the ongoing ICC World Cup by backing each other.
The Blacks Caps will be clear favourites for the Old Trafford game in Manchester. Also, on a batting-friendly surface team batting first could post 300-plus on the scoreboard. Given to the unpredictability of the Caribbean team, they could spring a surprise or so during the impending game.
All in all, the Black Caps could convincingly win the game in Manchester.