The other home side, New Zealand, face an unpredictable West Indies in the fourth quarter-final at Wellington. New Zealand is the only team apart from India to win all their league matches and hence ended at the top of Group A. They now face a tricky opposition in West Indies who have been inconsistent to say the least. West Indies batsmen do not inspire much confidence against a bowling attack comprising of Southee, Boult and Daniel Vettori. They are the clear favorites at this stage but anything can happen if Chris Gayle gets going. It will be difficult to stop Gayle once he gets going so he is the best hope for West Indies at this stage.
Gayle is not completely fit but is expected to play as West Indies hopes lie squarely on his shoulder. He has not been at his best in the World Cup so far but will be the key batsmen along with Samuels and Simmons. They need to score heavily as New Zealand has been making big scores on a consistent basis. Holder and Taylor are the two strike bowlers for West Indies that have to attack McCullum and Guptill at the start to restrict New Zealand to a decent total. Holder has been the best bowler for West Indies and has been leading from the front as captain.
McCullum, Williamson and Guptill are the key batsmen for New Zealand as they have enough experience to tackle pressure situations. Corey Anderson has been providing the finishing touches as seen in the game against Bangladesh when the team was under huge pressure. He took team to safety from a losing position, a quality that may be required again in one of the knockout games. His bowling has also yielded good results which makes one of the more efficient all-rounder in this tournament.
Southee and Boult form the most potent bowling partnership in this tournament and have been hugely responsible for New Zealand’s clinical march to the quarter-finals. One of the two needs to remove Gayle early to avoid pressure on the rest of the bowling attack. Vettori is the most experienced player in the squad and has made a great impact with his spin bowling in the middle overs. New Zealand look set to beat West Indies and enter the semi-finals of the tournament if they can negate the Gayle factor. West Indies have nothing to lose in this match so it should be a close contest between the batsmen from both sides.
New Zealand – 1.30 @ Bet365