After winning test series, Blackcaps once again continued their dominance over the visitors, islanders, West Indies. West Indies never looked like they were in the game in the 1st Odi. The first game folded up rather easily for the hosts as they claimed the lead in the series. West Indies, from here, need to win the rest two matches then only they can win Odi series. It is not easy for visitors to beat New Zealand at home. On the other side, New Zealand wants to win the series in this match. Blackcaps have won eight of their last nine bilateral series at home.Another interesting news is New Zealand has given rest to few of their players including skipper Kane Williamson. This is a bright chance for West Indies to win at least in their absence. New Zealand never lost a single match at Hagley Oval. A big challenge for West Indies in these kind of conditions but they have also very good amount of potential players in their team.
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Hagley Oval tends to favour seam bowling. Pitch is helpful for batsmen also. Both batsmen and pacers can get support from the pitch.
Team News : New Zealand
As I already mentioned in previous post about this and still reminding you that skipper Kane Williamson has been given rest and he will not play this series. Even pacer Tim Southee is rested for rest of the Odi series. Tom Latham will lead New Zealand for rest of the series. Milne is injured and ruled out of the series. Seth Rance has been added to squad. Neil Broom may step in for Kane Williamson. Either Matt Henry or Rance may play for Milne. Most Probable Matt Henry is likely to replace in playing XI. New Zealand’s batting will mainly rely on the likes of Worker, Munro, Taylor at top of the order. In 1st match, the opening duo Munro and Worker gave a solid start and both played some fine cricket. The team will expect the same kind of start in this match also. Taylor is in red hot form and milking runs. Brilliant performances by Bracewell and Astle helped New Zealand in the long run. Tom Latham is in good form and he is dangerous at any time. In the absence of Southee, Boult will lead the pace attack.
Team News : West Indies
A big blow has hit West Indies a head of 2nd Odi. West Indies destructive opener Chris Gayle is not well and he is doubtful for this match. A call on Gayle’s availability will be made on the morning of the match. If he cannot play then Kyle Hope will open the innings. West Indies’ plight is further complicated by their inexperience. Only Jason Holder and Gayle have played more number of pitches at this venue. This is a big task for West Indies inexperienced players. In 1st Odi, a part from Lewis and Powell no other batsmen scored runs. If they continue the same with bat, again in 2nd Odi another loss will be in West Indies pocket.