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West Indies vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Venue, timings, probable playing XI, pitch report, match prediction

West Indies and New Zealand will face off in their 1st ODI clash in what is going to be a 3-match ODI series between the two sides

The stage is set for the 1st ODI clash between West Indies and New Zealand on August 17th, 2022 at the Kensington Oval Stadium at 11:30 pm IST. The Kiwis are in good form at the moment, having defeated West Indies in the T20I series already, and will now eye a series victory against them in the ODI format as well. 

The T20I series saw the Blackcaps dominate the Men in Maroon in the first two matches, but a strong performance from West Indies in the 3rd meeting forced New Zealand to accept defeat. Although the Kiwis won the series, they were unable to bag a series whitewash against West Indies. And that is exactly what the visitors will look to do achieve in the ODI series

What is the pitch at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown like? 

The wicket at Kensington Oval is that of a neutral surface, working well for both batsmen and bowlers equally. As for the bowlers bowling with the new ball, some swing during the initial part of the game is on the cards. But as the ball gets bowled more often i.e. as it gets old, the batsmen benefit. The skipper winning the toss will look to bowl first. 

West Indies vs New Zealand probable playing XI: 

West Indies: Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Nicholas Poora ©, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales 

New Zealand: Devon Conway (wk), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson ©, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi 

Who will win the 1st ODI clash between West Indies and New Zealand today? 

According to Sportsbuzz, New Zealand will win the opening game of the 3-match ODI series against West Indies. Why? Well, as stated earlier, their performance against West Indies in the T20I series speaks volumes about why they might clinch the ODI series as well. Plus, West Indies have not been performing well in recent times, having lost the T20I as well as the ODI series to India not so long ago. 

New Zealand also boast of having a better squad with some very much in-form players at the team’s disposal, namely captain Kane Williamson, who is the probable best batsman, and Lockie Ferguson, who is the probable best bowler in our opinion.

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