ICC World Cup 2019: Warm-up Match 9, New Zealand vs Windies: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Henry Nicholls is expected to take Colin Munro's position at the top.
Published - May 27, 2019 8:55 pm | Updated - May 27, 2019 9:59 pm
New Zealand got better of India in their first warm-up match whom they defeated by six wickets on what was a challenging track for the batsmen. Trent Boult dismissed three of India’s top four in his opening spell that nearly sealed their victory. They will now take on the Windies side in their 2nd game as they look to finalize their opening pair and also the bowling attack with which they will face Sri Lanka in their first match.
The Caribbean team, on the other hand, are boosted by the inclusion of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell to the squad they lost three straight matches against Bangladesh in the Tri-Series in Ireland this month. Gayle’s exploits in the recent home series helped Windies to level the series against England, the No.1 ranked ODI team. However, their bowling still remains an issue which would be rated among the worst attacks in this World Cup.
The 9th warmup game of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between New Zealand and Windies at County Ground in Bristol.
The match starts at 10:30 AM local time (9:30 AM GMT) (3:00 PM IST).
The game will be live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
Bristol provided a dry track for the warm-up match between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since it was the 2nd game played in space of a week, spinners enjoyed turn. Rain in the last couple of days could have fastened the track. A double paced wicket could be seen during the NZ-WI game.
Average 1st innings score: 300 (Last 5 List A matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2.
Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (C), Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell.
Tom Latham ruled out of both warm-ups due to a finger injury.
Henry Nicholls could be in line to open the innings in New Zealand’s first game at the World Cup. Colin Munro’s inconsistency helped Nicholls to be in line for the opening spot. After Munro’s failure in the game against India, Nicholls’ could be under scanner against the Windies. A good knock could seal his place in the starting XI.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Chris Gayle was set to face South Africa but only 12.4 overs in this game after resting against Sri Lanka. He might play against New Zealand due to lack of match practice since the IPL. Martin Guptill has enjoyed success against Windies so does Ross Taylor who is in his prime in the ODI format.
Other Captain/Vice-captain options – Shai Hope, Jimmy Neesham, Jason Holder, Andre Russell.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Shai Hope
Batters – Chris Gayle (C), Martin Guptill (VC), Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Evin Lewis
All-Rounders – Jimmy Neesham, Andre Russell
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Sheldon Cottrell
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keepers – Nicholas Pooran
Batters – Ross Taylor (C), Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer
All-Rounders – Jimmy Neesham (VC), Jason Holder
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Sheldon Cottrell.
Both Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are good at managing themselves given their fitness issues. With only two days break between this warm-up game and their opening match of CWC, there are chances of both of them taking rest. However, both haven’t played a game since the IPL and might take a chance of being match ready.
New Zealand is expected to continue its form by defeating the Caribbean team in the 2nd warm-up.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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