NZ v WI, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Pallekele

Win, then hope for the best for West Indies and New Zealand

The Preview by Sidharth Monga

September 30, 2012

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Match facts

October 1, 2012
Start time 1530 (1000 GMT)


Darren Sammy and Ross Taylor with the trophy ahead of the first Test in Antigua, Antigua, July 23, 2012
Only one out of Ross Taylor and Darren Sammy will be smiling on Monday evening, and there's a good chance that smile might be wiped off by the end of the night © West Indies Cricket
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New Zealand players may have had a gastro problem or three, but surely they and West Indies have received the best of Sri Lankan hospitality? For, on Monday, they'll hope like hell that the hosts beat England.

New Zealand have no points so far, and their only entry point is if they beat West Indies and England lose too, to force a three-way tie at two points. If that happens, New Zealand will stand a good chance of making it to the semi-finals: their net run-rate of -0.268 is already better than West Indies' -0.621, and not too worse than England's -0.115. If it all goes to plan for New Zealand, their own net run-rate will improve, and England's will take a beating, bridging that gap.

Theoretically West Indies can be a part of a three-way tie even if they lose, but their poor net run-rate after the thrashing from Sri Lanka means it does them no good. In theory, West Indies too will have two avenues if they beat New Zealand: an England defeat later will give them a clear passage, while it will be a three-way tie with England and Sri Lanka should England win. Again, though, West Indies' net run-rate is likely to keep them third-best should the hosts lose.

So, for both the sides, the endeavour will be to win without worrying too much about the net run-rate and hope Sri Lanka keep up their good form later in the day. However, if only the second match is rained out, it will be bad news for New Zealand and good for West Indies. Neither of them can afford a whole washed-out day. If only the first game is washed out, New Zealand go out, and West Indies will again hope for a Sri Lanka win.

Form guide

New Zealand LLLWW (completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies LWLWW

Watch out for

Ross Taylor finds himself under pressure not just for his lack of runs, but also his tinkering of the batting order. Monday will provide him one last chance of not only redeeming himself in this tournament, but to get a measure of retribution after a highly disappointing tour of the Caribbean earlier this year.

Darren Sammy hasn't exactly endeared himself to the West Indies fans with his selections either. At the heart of West Indies' problems has been a glut of bits-and-pieces allrounders, and not enough specialist bowlers. That was one of the reasons they lost after making 191 against Australia. It didn't help that even those three specialist bowlers against Sri Lanka didn't include Samuel Badree, who helped set up the win against England with four overs for just 20 runs. Sammy's captaincy, and his place in the side, are under scrutiny at best of times. Only a qualification to the semi-finals will be able to silence those voices, that too temporarily.

Team news

New Zealand will be hoping for a return to wellness for Jacob Oram, in whose absence Doug Bracewell played against England, and played little part in the match while the contest was alive. Oram spent whole of Saturday unwell and throwing up throughout the day, and New Zealand are hoping it's a "24-hour thing". It's unlikely New Zealand will look at any other changes.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Rob Nicol, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 James Franklin, 6 Kane Williamson, 7 Jacob Oram/Doug Bracewell, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills.

For West Indies, Badree should come back, not least because New Zealand are not the best players of spin. The question is, will he replace a specialist bowler or one of the many allrounders?

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Dwayne Bravo, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Darren Sammy (capt), 7 Andre Russell/Fidel Edwards, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Samuel Badree.

Pitch and conditions

On Saturday, Pallekele finally showed signs of assistance to spin, with a drier track. The rain has stayed away so far, and hopefully it will for one more day.

Stats and trivia

  • When Chris Gayle fell for 2 against Sri Lanka, he had scored fewer than 50 for the first time in five efforts. That is a record he shares with Brendon McCullum.
  • Kieron Pollard has never won been Man of the Match in his 28 T20Is.

    Quotes

    "I'd rather see Brendon McCullum at the top. I don't think he is quite assured of how he wants to play the game coming in at No. 3, because if New Zealand lose a wicket, he has to play a slightly different game. Perhaps get Ross Taylor in at No. 3, and give him more time to bat."
    Former New Zealand quick Simon Doull wants the best New Zealand batsmen to face majority of the bowling

    "It's a must-win for us now. The good thing for us is that we are playing New Zealand. We just played them in the Caribbean, we have a pretty good idea of what this side is made up of."
    Darren Sammy banks on familiarity

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Love_Tanmay on (October 1, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

@ Jayawardane Chandana ohh buddy...atleast india can beat sl in sl....

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 1, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

@Narbavi yeah you all won all due to umpiring howlers in your favor! No way could you all have beaten us in our shores unless that useless umpire Kumar Dharmasena played for you all and ended up becoming the ICC UMPIRE OF THE YEAR THANKS TO BCCI!!

Posted by Jawwad.ali on (October 1, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

can anybody tell me ......... does the run rate in super over counts towards overall net run rate?

Posted by Narbavi on (October 1, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

@Colombo SL-How funny of you to talk of ICC t20 RANKINGS BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT ENDED. This reminds me bangladeshi fans who were jumping with joy for becoming NO:4 couple of months ago.

Posted by Narbavi on (October 1, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

@Jayawardane Chandana : Because we are bored of beating srilanka

Posted by Love_Tanmay on (October 1, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

@James Anderson ohhh buddyyy..u think that indians r joker....they r world champion...so keep u r words for u r country...

Posted by Jawwad.ali on (October 1, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

can anybody tell me ......... does the run rate in super over counts towards overall net run rate?

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 1, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Think WI should chase and play Badree. Not confident NZ have much chance tonight

Posted by sichu_emerald on (October 1, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

To all my fellow Indians, why so much haste with other cricketing nations. Cricket is a game that needs to grow along with its fans, certainly not the hasteness. For this very reason i dont read the comments section regularly, I am seeing pathetic comments bashing Sri Lanka everywhere, be it between Pak Vs Aus, Eng Vs Ban, NZ Vs WI, Ind Vs Afg...and so on... common guys, have a life, Dont belittle any team, It may be a hard fact to digest for many of us that Sri Lankans are a better team at the moment. Guys admit it and go on. Having said that Indians are definitely not at their worst and the team has good attitude which drives out success in many of its games. Every team has got potential and desire to WIN...and end of the day, team with best attitude wins. Lets hope for the best.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

I don't think New Zealand will win because we cant see the player!

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