New Zealand vs West Indies – One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs West Indies taking place? Tuesday, 28th May, 10:30

Where New Zealand vs West Indies taking place? The Brightside Ground, Bristol

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs West Indies? 17-19c with sunshine and cloudy intervals and a 20% chance of rain

What channel is New Zealand vs West Indies on? The match will be not be shown live on UK TV

Where can I stream New Zealand vs West Indies? New Zealand vs West Indies will not be streamed live on UK TV

Are tickets still available for New Zealand vs West Indies? https://tickets.cricketworldcup.com/ticketingInfo.html

LAST MEETING
New Zealand beat West Indies by 66 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • As is so often the case with New Zealand, they are flying under the radar to a degree ahead of this World Cup but their superb six-wicket victory over India on Saturday has brought them into the limelight a touch more.
  • The bowling unit looked exceptional in that game with Trent Boult in fantastic form taking 4/33 from 6.2 overs and he was well supported by Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme and Lockie Ferguson as it was evident that English conditions will suit those bowlers more than the conditions did in India during the IPL where they all struggled.
  • If they win the toss, they may be inclined to bat first to get more overs at the crease under their belts and to try and defend a total against a dangerous West Indies team with the hope that openers Guptill and Munro can find some form which will be so key to their hopes in the World Cup.

WEST INDIES

Captain: Jason Holder

  • West Indies were frustrated in their first warm-up match against South Africa as the rain saw play abandoned after just 12.4 overs while fielding as South Africa made a fast start to that game, and they will be desperate for more time in the middle to find some form here.
  • A further negative to the abandoned match against South Africa was the injury to pace bowler Shannon Gabriel and it remains to be seen as to whether that will hold him out for some time but he is not expected to play here.
  • After some disappointing results against Bangladesh in the tri-nation series at the start of May, they will be looking for a morale-boosting win and the fact they did not manage to bat against South Africa may encourage them to bat first if they win the toss here.

THE PREDICTION

A fascinating match awaits here with two teams that many consider to be potential dark horses for the World Cup. On their day, both teams have the potential to beat anybody in the tournament with plenty of match winners in both squads. New Zealand were excellent in the win over India and their bowlers especially were in excellent form. While the Windies' batting looks formidable to say the least, the Blackcaps’ bowling attack will relish conditions and that could be what makes the difference in this game.