Gayle holds the key for unpredictable Indies against Kiwis

New Delhi, Pankaj Kumar Samantray | Updated : 20 March 2015, 01:33 PM

Come this Saturday, a jittery West Indies will take on insurgent New Zealand in the fourth quarterfinals at Wellington. Still unsure about their star batsman Chris Gayle’s fitness, the Caribbean side will look to upset the underdogs-turned-favourites Kiwis in the home ground.

West Indies struggled to reach the knockouts, while Black caps won all their matches to top the pool. The Kiwis played some good cricket to defeat Sri Lanka and Australia in the group stages. The Caribbean team need Gayle to boost their batting, if they have any chance to give a fight to high flying New Zealand.

 However, Gayle got some treatment early this week for his problematic lower back.

The Kiwis are on a role as its quicks are getting making inroads upfront and its willowers are scoring runs. Skipper Brendon McCullum is in form of his life and hitting sweet spot. The middle order looks good for them with Ross Taylor and Anderson making some serious contributions.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult are in leading wicket takers list and can turn the tables on green top.

The West Indies haven’t performed well, with three wins and as many losses in the group stage. Jason Holder has performed well both with the bat and ball.

The winner will meet South Africa on 24th March at Eden Park, Auckland.

First Published: Friday, March 20, 2015 01:26 PM
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