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Toss Winner - West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first
West Indies eyeing a 2-0 lead against UAE
West Indies to win the match
Tournament: West Indies tour of UAE, 2023 | Format: ODI | Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | Toss: To BatBet Now
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West Indies have kicked off their ODI series against UAE with a big win at Sharjah where all the 3 matches will be played. It is a small ground with a pitch that has played out differently over the years.
There has been a lot of help for the spinners on this pitch but not enough bounce and pace consistently which has made scoring runs difficult at times.
However, Brandon King had no trouble clearing the boundaries as he scored 112 off 112 balls while chasing a 203-run target. UAE’s young batters Aravind and Naseer looked very promising as they made some significant contributions.
Aravind and Rameez Shahzad added 75 runs for the 3rd wicket helping UAE bounce back from an early collapse. Nevertheless, Keemo Paul, Yannic Cariah, and Dominic Drakes completely dominated the UAE batting lineup.
The West Indies bowling attack is world class and scoring runs against them will be an uphill battle for the hosts.
Rohan Mustaffa and Muhammad Waseem failed to rise to the occasion and deliver what was expected of the senior players. In spite of a recovery in the middle after a 75-run stand for the 3rd wicket, UAE failed to capitalize on it.
After Aravind was out caught behind, UAE were 100-3. The remaining batters could only manage to add 102 runs to the total, of which Ali Naseer scored 58 off 52 deliveries.
This is a huge batting failure for UAE on their home soil. The pitch may not be ideal for batting and the opposition’s bowling attack is a lot better than what these batters are used to facing in the nets or even on the international stage.
Nevertheless, UAE needs to put up a much better and stronger fight in the 2nd ODI. Waseem opened the innings with another young batter who was playing in his 2nd ODI, Aryansh Sharma.
The inexperience can be a lot to deal with but the likes of Mustafa, Asif Khan, and Rameez Shahzad will be expected to build partnerships in the middle order. The hosts should be aiming to atleast cross the 250-run mark this time around.
Zahoor Khan, Rohan Mustaffa, and Junaid Siddique were all impressive with the ball. And this could be a great sign for the UAE. There is more potential in the bowling attack and if they have a par score on the board, these bowlers can make things exciting and give UAE a good chance of winning.
Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryansh Sharma (wk), Vriitya Aravind, Rameez Shahzad, Asif Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Ali Naseer, Aayan Afzal Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan
Shai Hope will be backing his players to go out and play an attacking style of cricket. A clean sweep here would do a world of good to their confidence and the likes of Keacy Carty, Kavem Hodge, and Yanic Cariah have a lot to gain from this tour.
Cariah was impressive with the ball, picking up two wickets for 26 runs. It was the spin duo of Roston Chase and Cariah that took back to back wickets reducing UAE from 100-3 to 107-5 in just 3 Overs.
That turned the game around completely giving West Indies the upperhand in the contes. Keemo Paul and Dominic Drakes were also excellent in the pace department, striking regularly and keeping the opposition under pressure.
Shamarh Brooks would be looking to better his performance from the last outing where he failed to convert a good start. There was a 91-run stand between Brooks and Brandon King for the 2nd wicket in which Brooks contributed 44 runs.
The batting all-rounder Keacy Carty couldn’t get going at number 4 and was out for just 7 off 19 after being sent ahead of the skipper Shai Hope. Hope should get back to number 4 sending Carty and Hodge at 5 and 6. The batting lineup goes very deep with Roston Chase and Keemo Paul at 7 and 8.
West Indies are superior in every aspect of the game. The only challenge they will face is in the bowling attack.
Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope (c & wk), Keacy Carty, Kavem Hodge, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Yannic Cariah, Odean Smith, Dominic Drakes
The pitch at Sharjah offers turn for the spinners making it quite challenging to score runs in spite of smaller boundaries. It will be a clear day with a high of 38 degrees Celsius.
It is one of the most popular venues in the UAE that has hosted many iconic matches in the past. While the average 1st innings score here is 222 runs, it is surely not a match-winning total. Team batting first should be aiming at something over 260-270 to ensure a strong position in the match.
There have been a total of 253 ODIs at this venue of which team batting first have won 132 matches. Though West Indies managed to win batting second in the last game, it was due to a below par target. For UAE, chasing is not an option against this Windies bowling attack.
Though it seems like a one-sided affair between these two teams, UAE has a promising bowling attack that can put the visitors on the back foot. The batting lineup lacks experience and especially against the West Indies bowler, they will struggle big time. We reckon the visitors will be clear favorites to win this match and get a 2-0 lead in the series.
West Indies to win the match
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