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West Indies vs New Zealand Predictions - Pooran to seal New Zealand’s World Cup exit

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Last updated: 11 Jun 2024
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  • West Indies vs New Zealand tips for Thursday’s T20 Cricket World Cup group clash (02:30 AM SAST)
  • Nicholas Pooran has scored three half-centuries in his last five innings.
  • Can New Zealand keep their World Cup hopes alive by beating the West Indies?
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Nicholas Pooran hits a six against the USA. (credit: Ashley Allen / Getty Images)

West Indies vs New Zealand Predictions


The West Indies are on a five-match winning streak and are playing imperious cricket on their home pitches with bat and ball. New Zealand have lost three of their last five matches and look tame with bat and ball. The Kiwis have the talent to beat anyone, but on current form, this should be a comfortable win for the West Indies.

  • West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran has scored 61, 75, 75, 27 & 22 in his last 5 innings.
  • West Indies’ Johnson Charles has scored 69, 40 & 44 in his last 4 innings.
  • New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell has scored 52, 30, 63 & 22 in his last 6 innings.
  • New Zealand’s Finn Allen has scored 137, 22 & 33 in his last 9 innings.

Head-to-Head


New Zealand have won three of the last five matches between the two sides. The West Indies won one match and the other was abandoned. Their last meeting ended with the West Indies winning by eight wickets.

West Indies Form


The West Indies followed up their opening win of the tournament against Papua New Guinea by demolishing Uganda by 134 runs. 

The West Indies piled up 173/5 off their 20 overs, Johnson Charles top-scoring with 44,  including four fours and two sixes.

Akeal Hosein produced a magnificent spell of bowling to return figures of 4-0-11-5 (econ 2.75) as Uganda were rolled out for 39 off 12 overs.

West Indies Team News


West Indies are in good form and are unlikely to make any changes to their team.

New Zealand Form


Coming off the back of a 2-2 T20I series draw against Pakistan (including a loss in the final match of the series), New Zealand lost their opening match of the World Cup to Afghanistan by 84 runs.

Afghanistan scored a competitive 159/6 off their 20 overs, Trent Boult delivering the superb figures of 4-0-22-2 (econ 5.50).

New Zealand’s innings imploded as they were bowled out for 75 off 15.2 overs, with Glenn Phillips (18) the only one of the New Zealand top eight to reach double figures.

New Zealand Team News


New Zealand’s batting is struggling to produce their usual quality and they need their top five to bring their A-game against the West Indies.

Verdict

I am backing West Indies to win. I am also backing Nicholas Pooran to top score for West Indies.

Daryl Mitchell is a good bet to top score for New Zealand.
    
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