New Zealand to host West Indies in fourth quarter-final of ICC world cup 2015 on 21 March at Wellington. Blackcaps never won cricket world cup whereas West Indies lift two world cups in 1975 and 1979. Hence Kiwi team will be desperate to beat Caribbean side in quarter-final tomorrow to reach at set up semi-final with South Africa on 24 March.
The top team of Pool A in 2015 world cup, New Zealand team will be looking to continue their form in tomorrow’s vital knockout clash against unpredictable West Indies. Kiwis have defeated top teams like Australia, Sri Lanka in the initial stage of competition. Batting has been scoring big runs while they bat first and in the chase they always keep their toes up with target.
This quality makes them special side in this year’s world cup. Captain Brendon McCullum has been batting aggressively throughout the tournament. Martin Guptil’s hundred in last match against Bangladesh is really morale booster for the side ahead of tomorrow’s quarter-final as now both openers are in good form and they are ready to provide good start.
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Kane Williams has been performing well in all formats of game for past 3-4 months. Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott have played wonderful innings in few matches of ICC world cup to show that they can also score in pressure situations. Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi have delivered well with their all-rounding performances.
Blackcaps bowling has been attacking with Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Adam Milne. Daniel Vettori has provided his valuable experience in the spin attack. So NZ are very strong for tomorrow’ quarter-final. West Indies team will be totally depending on their prime batsman Chris Gayle. He didn’t play last match due to back problem but is expected to return for Saturday’s big knockout match.
Marlon Samuels, Carter, Simmons, Sammy and Russell will be the key players for Caribbean team. West Indies didn’t play so much great cricket in the group stage. Ireland defeated them in the first game of world cup whereas they were flopped against India and South Africa. So we can say that they are not in too great form the way their opponents are in tomorrow’s game.
But anything can happen as it’s a pressure game and new day. Whoever plays better cricket tomorrow will advance to semis.
New Zealand are favorites to win at their home and as per Sports Mirchi predictions Blackcaps have got 65 percent chances.