New Zealand won the second ODI in its series against the West Indies and set up a decider for the third and final match. A low-scoring match affected by rain turned out to be quite exciting even though the scorecard suggests that New Zealand won easily in the end.
The cricket betting sites are offering much closer odds on both teams than they were at the start of the series and that is a reflection of what we have seen in the first two matches. The surface is playing a big role in how close the two teams have appeared as well.
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for West Indies vs New Zealand 3rd ODI 2022. The match will be played at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados on the 21st of August 2022.
West Indies bowled well at the start of the second ODI but could not finish New Zealand off after having it down on the mat. A sticky wicket on which run-scoring was not the easiest meant that the top order had a tough task ahead of it. As things turned out, a collapse to 27 for 6 essentially ended the game before some late-order brilliance from Yannic Cariah and Alzarri Joseph gave the West Indies a glimmer of hope.
The West Indian batting failed in the second match and that has been the story that we are used to seeing for quite some time now. The first ODI was an exception to recent performances and so we are not going to back any of the batters in this match either.
Among the bowlers, Kevin Sinclair and Akeal Hosein were the two that impressed the most. On a wicket that was sometimes a bit tacky, they both managed to get a nice amount of purchase and make life difficult for the New Zealand batters.
We would advise picking one out of these two for the Top Bowler West Indies betting market.
New Zealand played without Kane Williamson in the previous match but their batting did not look much weaker. Finn Allen played a brilliant knock of 96, essentially carrying the entire team on his back. Daryl Mitchell played well for his 41 and Mitch Santner contributed with 26 down the order as well.
The depth in the batting lineup that New Zealand has is quite incredible and it allowed them to recover from a very poor start.
While we would stay away from individual markets, others, where you can back the batting unit as a whole (Total fours, Total sixes, Team with highest Individual scorer, etc), are ones where you want to bet on New Zealand.
Tim Southee and Trent Boult were deadly with the ball, using the swing on offer and making life tough for the batters. Michael Bracewell, Mitch Santner, and Glenn Phillips did not get many rewards for their efforts and that was a bit surprising. Still, as a bowling unit, the superiority of the New Zealand attack is not in question.
The pitch at Kensington Oval has significantly aided the bowlers, as was seen in the previous two games, and a similar pitch may be anticipated for the third and final ODI match. The batters might struggle initially, but once they preserve their wicket firmly, they can go long in the game. The captain who wins the toss may choose to bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs
Shai Hope (wk), Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Nicholas Pooran (c), Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Kevin Sinclair
Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c)/Glenn Phillips, James Neesham/Ish Sodhi, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Rain is forecast at times during the scheduled playing hours of this game. However, it will be 29 degrees throughout and we expect a game to be completed.
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Today’s Match Prediction: New Zealand wins the match.