New Zealand vs West Indies: Third ODI Squads, Preview, and Prediction

New Zealand took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series, leaving the Windies playing for pride. Is there any hope for them at all?


(Photo credit: Ricardo Lloud Powell)

Overview 

New Zealand won the second ODI by 204 runs, decimating a hapless West Indian side. The visitors managed only 121 in their effort to chase the score of 326 set by the Kiwis. The West Indies have been reduced to a mere shadow of their once legendary lineup, struggling to compete in any capacity whatsoever. 

The Kiwis, on the other hand, came up with yet another collective performance to ensure success. Boult blew the Windies away, taking 7 wickets in the process. The series still has 4 matches to go, including one ODI and three T20s. It is going to be a long tour for the Windies, who surely just want to go home and be done with the constant failure. 

Squads 

West Indies 

Jason Holder(c), Jason Mohammed, Ronsford Beaton, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell, Chadwick Walton, Shimron Hetmyer

New Zealand 

Tom Latham(c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, George Worker, Neil Broom, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Seth Rance

Where the Teams Stand 

West Indies 

The misery of the West Indians is perhaps best summarised by the fact that Ashley Nurse was the highest scorer for his side in the second ODI with 27. When your bowlers have to do the batting too, you can rest assured that you will not be very successful. The batsmen had a hard time coping with Boult’s lethal swingers which castled 7 of the 10 to be dismissed. The Windies don’t have any option but to hope that they can somehow string together a decent performance, something they have yet to achieve all year. A certain quote attributed to Einstein comes to mind. 

The bowlers aren’t doing much better than the batsmen. This is the second time they have allowed the Kiwis to come up with collective performances where several batsmen performed well before being dismissed. Such performances are a rare sight in international cricket, and the Windies have managed to allow it twice in two games. They might try scoring a hat-trick one way or the other. 

New Zealand

The Black Caps have managed to whip the Windies into complete submission in the games that have been played so far. The batsmen seem to be minimally challenged out in the middle, the bowlers are tearing through the Windies’ batting lineup with ease. This is basically an international practice session for them. Might as well give Seth Rance a chance to plunder some runs too. This series does not deserve their A team, and with every passing game, that is becoming clearer. Of course, if the Windies somehow win the next game, all of this would change, but as of now they do not look like they are capable of a competitive performance. 

If the Kiwis lose the next match, one of two things probably happened. Either Evin Lewis went berserk and won his team the game alone, or New Zealand did not show up for the game because it was not worth their time. These are the only two scenarios wherein a Windies win seems possible. Otherwise, the Kiwis are going to run with the third ODI as well 

Prediction 

New Zealand win. West Indies simply have not produced any quality cricket for a while now. They are probably not about to start now.

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