West Indies tour of New Zealand continue with the 2nd One-day International and the home team leads three-match series by 1-0. New Zealand set to play without their captain Williamson while star batsman of West Indies Chris Gayle is doubtful due to illness. Will West Indies level the series or New Zealand secure one more series at home? Second ODI between New Zealand vs West Indies scheduled to start at 11 AM Local | 3:30 AM IST on Saturday, 23rd December 2017.



The regular captain of Black Caps Kane Williamson has been rested for remaining two ODIs, as well Tim Southee too. Adam Milne who was injured ahead of first ODI, has been ruled out for remainder of the series. Pace bowler Seth Rance has named in the squad as a replacement for Milne. Batsman Neil Broom and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner fulfills Williamson and Southee places in the squad. The new opening combination of George Worker and Colin Munro worked well other day and they were added 108 runs for the first wicket partnership. All-rounder George Worker did a good job with the score 57 off 66 balls. He didn’t bowl in the first game, but his left-arm spin would come into play in this game. Colin Munro in fine form recent times and he played well in the first match. He scored 49 runs off 36 balls other day. He used to bowl part-time overs too. Neil Broom will take a place of Kane Williamson at no. 3. Broom needs 65 more runs to achieve the feat of 1000 ODI runs. On the absence of Williamson, responsibilities of senior batsman Ross Taylor has been increased. Taylor played a sensible innings of 49 not out in the first game and we could expect a big century from him on Saturday.

Wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham will take the leadership for these two ODIs and he will be key in middle-order batting. The man in-form managed to score only 17 runs in the last game and the batsman at his standard will come with big scores at any moment. Henry Nicholls plays the role in middle-order batting. With the strong top-order, he do not get much of balls to face in every match but when the opportunity comes on his way he utilizes well. The all-rounder Toss Astle played a specialist spinner role in the last game and he took 3 wickets haul on his debut. He will continue to play a good role in this game and he might get a company of Mitchell Santner. The team management has to make a decision whether they replaces Southee with fast bowler Matt Henry or go with Santner. At the moment 50/50 chances for both players. Doug Bracewell came into the side as a replacement for Colin de Grandhomme and he grabbed the opportunity with 4 for 55 in 8 overs. He may take 2 or more wickets in this game as well. Lockie Ferguson also had a joy with 2 wickets other day. He may be take two more wickets in this game too. Trent Boult, the premier bowler remained wicket-less in the last game. He will come hard and will play key role in the Black Caps bowling unit.



The Caribbean team had lots of ups and downs in the first game. Evin Lewis carried his form in BPL to that first game and scored 76 runs. All rounder Rovman Powell scored much needed half-century at no. 7 in the order. Skipper Jason Holder and Ashley Nurse has shared 2 wickets each. The weak points were batting collapses in the middle-overs and an inexperienced bowling attack. Decision will be take on Chris Gayle’s availability on match day morning. If he is not fit to play, Shai Hope’s brother Kyle will replaces him in the XI. Evin Lewis had a good form in BPL and he just continued it in the last game. Hopefully, he will score more runs in this match on Saturday. The promising youngster, wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope was dismissed for golden duck in Whangarei. He has to prove a lot of things after that duck out, so we can expect straight opposite innings from him on Saturday. Shimron Hetmyer was the part of the XI in the last game and he scored useful 29 runs. The young batsman could possibly play much better innings in this game. The out-of-form Jason Mohammed struggled once again and dismissed for 9 runs. It wasn’t great 5-6 months for him. He should play well to keep his place in the XI.

Skipper Jason Holder promoted himself to no. 6 in the batting order and he came ahead of Rovman Powell. Holder scored only 8 runs but his 2 late wickets equaled it well. He shown good form with both bat and bowl against England few months ago and he can bring that all round performances in New Zealand too. Rovman Powell proved that why he deserves a place in playing XI with much needed 59 off 50 balls. He may come with another 50+ runs in this second ODI too. Ashley Nurse bowled well in the last game and claimed 2 for 55 in 10 overs. He needs to bowl much better control spell, once he has done that you will earn lot more points. Ronsford Beaton was unlucky to finish off without a wicket in the first match. He will come back much stronger and possibilities for him to take two wickets at least. Kesrick Williams had a bit of injury issues during the first game. If he is not cleared to play, Sheldon Cottrell will takes his place in the XI. It wasn’t a good game for Shannon Gabriel two days ago. He conceded 57 runs in 10 overs but remained wicket-less. If he bowl well in Christchurch, he may take 2 wickets minimum.




  • Colin Munro
  • George Worker
  • Ross Taylor
  • Tom Latham
  • Todd Astle
  • Doug Bracewell
  • Trent Boult
  • Mitchell Santner



  • Chris Gayle (If fit)
  • Evin Lewis
  • Shai Hope
  • Jason Holder
  • Rovman Powell
  • Ashley Nurse
  • Shannon Gabriel
  • Ronsford Beaton




1. George Worker, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Neil Broom, 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Tom Latham, 6. Henry Nicholls, 7. Todd Astle, 8. Mitchell Santner / Matt Henry, 9. Doug Bracewell, 10. Trent Boult, 11. Lockie Ferguson.


1. Chris Gayle / Kyle Hope, 2. Evin Lewis, 3. Shai Hope, 4. Shimron Hetmyer, 5. Jason Mohammed, 6. Rovman Powell, 7. Jason Holder, 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Kesrick Williams / Sheldon Cottrell, 10. Ronsford Beaton, 11. Shannon Gabriel.




Anand Thiyagarajan

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