West Indies go up against New Zealand in the first ODI match on Wednesday, August 17 at the Kensington Oval in Barbados from 11:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
The West Indies cricket team recently lost 3-0 to India in the ODI series. Shai Hope scored 144 runs in the series for the West Indies while Alzarri Joseph picked four wickets with the ball. The Nicholas Pooran-led side lost the final ODI of the series by 119 runs (D/L Method). West Indies are currently ninth on the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings.
Meanwhile, New Zealand are fifth on the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings and come into the ODI series having beaten the West Indies 2-1 in the recently concluded T20I series. The Kiwis beat Scotland by seven wickets in their last ODI match. Mark Chapman’s unbeaten 75-ball 101 run-knock helped the Blackcaps chase the target of 307 against Scotland.
West Indies vs New Zealand 1st ODI odds
Parimatch odds: West Indies: 2.76, New Zealand: 1.43
1xBet odds: West Indies: 2.62, New Zealand: 1.47
Betwinner odds: West Indies: 2.62, New Zealand: 1.47
MELBET odds: West Indies: 2.62, New Zealand: 1.47
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
West Indies vs New Zealand head-to-head in ODIs
New Zealand and West Indies have faced each other in 65 ODIs. The Kiwis have won 28 while the Men in Maroon have come out victorious on 30 occasions; the remaining seven matches ended without a result.
The New Zealand cricket team have won their last five ODIs while the West Indies have lost the last five in this format.
New Zealand and West Indies last played each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where the Kiwis beat the Men in Maroon by five runs. Kane Williamson had scored 148 runs for the Blackcaps.
West Indies vs New Zealand 1st ODI probable playing XI
West Indies: Shai Hope, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (captain and wicketkeeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Keemo Paul, Jayden Seales, Alzarri Joseph.
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (captain), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wicketkeeper), Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
West Indies vs New Zealand 1st ODI top picks
West Indies: Watch out for Shai Hope from the West Indies. The 28-year-old has scored 4215 runs in 101 ODI matches at an average of 49.58. The right-handed batter has scored 13 centuries and 20 half centuries in this format. In the recently concluded ODI series against India, Hope scored 144 in three games including a century in the second ODI.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson will be the top pick from the Blackcaps. The right-handed batter has scored 453 runs in 11 innings against the West Indies at an average of 41.18 in ODIs. Williamson has also scored one century and two half-centuries against the Men in Maroon in this format.
West Indies vs New Zealand 1st ODI prediction
New Zealand are clear favourites to win the first ODI against the West Indies. The Kiwis have done well against the Men in Maroon in the recent past in both ODI as well as T20I formats.
The West Indies have a better overall record against the Kiwis in ODIs but are likely to struggle against them in the ODI series due to poor recent form. The Men in Maroon, however, have a bunch of talented players who are likely to put up a strong fight against Kiwis.
West Indies vs New Zealand 1st ODI playing conditions and weather report
Maximum Temperature: 30°C
Wind: 15 km/h