West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and decided to bowl against New Zealand in their World Cup game at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday. New Zealand were 112 for 2 after 25 overs. Sheldon Cottrell had given the Kiwis early blow by sending Martin Guptill (0) and Colin Munro (0) back to hut in the very first over. But after this wreck, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (53 not out ) and Ross Taylor (54 not out) steadied the Kiwi ship.
West Indies have made three changes — is out, Ashley Nurse comes in place of Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach comes in place of Shanon Gabriel and Carlos Braithwaite comes in for Andre Russell. On the other hand, New Zealand are unchanged and are playing with the same XI which featured against South Africa.
Speaking at the toss, Holder said: “We are going to field first, looks a pretty good wicket. We know what’s at stake, we got to bring our A-game. We haven’t been consistent. We have got three changes. Darren Bravo is out, Ashley Nurse comes in. Shanon Gabriel is out and Kemar Roach comes in. Carlos Braithwaite is in for Andre Russell.”
Williamson said: “No doubt the surface will remain similar throughout. We know that they are a threat and have world-class players. We should adapt to the conditions and have done well so far. You have to put your best foot forward. At the moment, the team remains the same.”
With 9 points (4 wins and a rain-affected match) from 5 matches, the Kiwis are at the second spot. Windies, on the other, are at the 7th spot with 3 points from 5 matches.
Here are the Playing XIs of both the teams:
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult