New Zealand will play against Windies for semifinal berth at Wellington on Saturday.New Zealand are absolute favourites for the game under the leadership of Brendon McCullumn. Windies on the other side had mixed league stage and fought hard to reach Knock outs.
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New Zealand has reached semis on six occasion but couldn’t progress further even on one occasion.But this is a complete different New Zealand side lead by Bazz.One should agree that NZ are the team that did the most home work before coming in to the tournament than any other.They are utilising their resources to the fullest.They have pummelled some mighty sides in their pool and came unbeaten to the quarters.They have every reason to feel confidant as it was team effort that brought them into quarters.
Adam Milne will be replacing Mitchell Mccleneghan and rest of the side is likely to be unchanged.They should be wary that stats against them as they have lost more games against than won Windies since 2012
West Indies are sweating over Gayles’s availability.If he gets fit,it will be curtains for Dwanye smith in this world cup .Dwayne Smith is the obvious choice because he didn’t even score 100 runs in 6 outings.Jason Holder hesitated to give the probability of Gayle’s availability.
New Zealand are coming unbeaten in to the quarters.They even managed to knock down tournament favourites in league stage.West Indies lost to Ireland in league stage but qualified for having better run rate than Ireland.
Going by the current form New Zealand are clear favourites.
New Zealand (likely) : 1 Brendon McCullum (capt), 2 Martin Gupill, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Grant Elliott, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Adam Milne.
West Indies 1 Chris Gayle/Dwayne Smith, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Jonathan Carter, 5 Lendl Simmons, 6 Denesh Ramdin 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Andre Russell, 9 Jason Holder, 10 Jerome Taylor, 11 Sulieman Benn/Kemar Roach