July 16, 2000

Big Victory needed at Chester-le-Street

Mahendra Nagamootoo
Mahendra Nagamootoo - West Indies look to spin again in the 50th year of Ramadhin and Valentine
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Changed bowling tactics could swing it

This match is contested by two teams who have both suffered crushing defeats at the hands of the resurgent England side during the past few days. Zimbabwe are now assured of a place in the final; West Indies have very little hope of that now, but will obviously need a big victory in this match to keep those hopes alive.

NatWest Series

Both teams will be looking to lift themselves for this game. Zimbabwe have had three good games and one bad one, but they can very easily go into a slump. West Indies seem to be in a slump already, their only good match being that against England which was rained off when they were on top.

West Indies switch to spin
Zimbabwe bank on swing

Without the home side playing, the crowd at the Riverside ground is not expected to equal the vibrant near-capacity crowd of yesterday, while the weather is much the same: cloudy, cold and windy. The pitch appeared to be a good one for batsmen. West Indies won the toss and decided to bat, although Zimbabwe would have put them in had they won.

Both teams made one change: West Indies brought in spinner Mahendra Nagamootoo for Franklyn Rose, while Zimbabwe replaced their spinner Paul Strang with John Rennie, a prodigious swinger of the ball who is particularly effective against left-handers. However, he is short of match practice, having just arrived last week from Zimbabwe. The teams are as follows:

West Indies: Sherwin Campbell, Chris Gayle, Wavell Hinds, Brian Lara, Jimmy Adams (capt), Ricky Powell, Ridley Jacobs, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Nixon McLean, Marvyn Dillon, Reon King.

Zimbabwe: Neil Johnson, Guy Whittall, Murray Goodwin, Alistair Campbell, Andy Flower (capt), Grant Flower, Stuart Carlisle, Dirk Viljoen, Heath Streak, Bryan Strang, John Rennie.