New Zealand will welcome the West Indies on Saturday at Westpac Stadium in Wellington New Zealand in the last quarter-final. The hosts will be under pressure as pundits predict that the Kiwis shouldn’t find it difficult to blow the Windies away. Brendon McCullum and his men have been having a better tournament than the islanders, thus pressure from the nation for a win might also be pondering heavily on the minds of the players.
Captain McCullum will lead a bowling attack that has put batsmen on the back foot throughout the pool games. A bowling force comprising of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and veteran spinner Daniel Vettori will be called upon to push the home team into the semi-finals. While the Caribbean cricketers blew hot and cold throughout the opening rounds of the tournament Jason Holder will hope that luck will be on their side as on their day the West Indies can beat any team on any platform.
Holder would also be hoping that the influential Chris Gayle is considered match fit for Gayle’s persona on the pitch would come in handy at this juncture of the tournament. The islanders are also believed to be considering bringing in left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn in order to contain McCullum, who has notably been beaten three times already in the tournament by spinners. The Windies may also look to pick Johnson Charles who shone against the UAE in their last ODI with 55.
This performance may see him being the other half of the opening partnership with Gayle which might also see Lendl Simmons moved into the middle of the batting order. In the recent history between the sides on New Zealand soil it is even stevens at two wins each and an abandoned fixture, including a savage beating of 203 runs dished out at the expense of the Black Caps by the two-time world champions. However the three highest run-getters on that day; Kieron Pollard, Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo will be watching this fixture from the comfort of home.