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Toss Winner - United Arab Emirates won the toss and chose to bat first
West Indies beat United Arab Emirates by 4 wickets
West Indies out to complete a clean sweep
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 sealed the series with a win in the 2nd ODI. And they will now be eyeing a clean sweep with a 3rd consecutive win against UAE at Sharjah.
There is a lot to learn for both teams from the second match. The UAE bowlers were quite impressive in the way they got through the Windies middle-order never letting any partnership to prosper.
West Indies continued to back Keacy Carty at number 3 while Hope came in at number 5. But none of these batters managed to play a significant knock. And to fail against UAE will be quite disappointing.
It was never going to be easy to chase a 300+ total for the home team. Their batters though promising aren’t up to the mark yet. Whenever they get to a decent score, the strike rates are really low. There is still a long way to go for UAE when it comes to batting against world-class bowlers.
Though they lost by a big margin in the 2nd ODI, UAE should take some positives from that game. Their bowlers did a fine job after Ali Naseer delivered the first breakthrough.
Naseer broke the 129-run opening stand between King and Charles and other bowlers quickly joined to get through the middle order reducing Windies to 249-7.
That was a commendable bowling performance from the hosts. Afzal Khan picked 2 for 45 while Zahoor Khan was top bowler for the UAE with 3 for 44. It was the late flourish from the big-hitting Odean Smith that allowed West Indies to go past the 300-run mark and also shift the momentum in their favor.
This should be a lesson for the UAE. To win matches against top-quality teams they need to maintain their upper hand in the game and not let it slip away. They should be able to finish well with the ball.
When it comes to batting, there isn’t any good news. The few decent performances aren't’ making a big impact on the game and the strike rate isn’t impressive either.
They need partnerships. However, there is one key takeaway for UAE in terms of batting in this series. Ali Naseer in the lower order has been very impressive and while the rest of the team has looked out of shape, he delivered two consecutive fifties.
Skipper Waseem at the top and Aravind and Asif Khan in the middle order need to step up and deliver partnerships if UAE are to bounce back.
Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryansh Sharma (wk), Vriitya Aravind, Lovepreet Singh, Asif Khan, Basil Hameed, Ali Naseer, Aayan Afzal Khan, Sanchit Sharma, Adhitya Shetty, Zahoor Khan
Rohan Mustafa, Ali Naseer, Ethan D'Souza, Muhammad Jawadullah, Aayan Khan, Waseem Muhammad, Junaid Siddique, Lovepreet Singh, Vriitya Aravind, Rameez Shahzad, Karthik Meiyappan
There were signs of trouble in the middle order in the 1st ODI itself. Since it was a low target and King scored a hundred, the middle-order issues didn’t seem as serious.
However, to see the team go from a strong position at 151-2 to 249-7 against a team like UAE is something to be concerned about. Shai Hope himself hasn’t looked comfortable at the crease. Though he hit 2 sixes and was unbeaten on 13 off 4 in the 1st ODI, he was far from his best self in the next game.
The good news is the consistency from King at the top and Charles also joining him in dominating the home team’s bowling attack. Keacy Carty got a good start in the 2nd ODI but failed to convert it into something significant.
Roston Chase was sent ahead of Shai Hope but the all-rounder also failed to strike any partnership in the middle order. Hope will be looking to turn things around quickly and end the series on a high as far as the middle order is concerned. The top-notch bowling attack of West Indies will be posing a tough challenge to the hosts once again. And it is this bowling that gives West Indies a clear advantage over UAE.
Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope (c & wk), Keacy Carty, Kavem Hodge, Roston Chase, Yannic Cariah, Odean Smith, Akeem Jordan, Dominic Drakes
Akeem Jordan, Alick Athanaze, Kevin Sinclair, Johnson Charles, Shamarh Brooks, Yannick Cariah, Raymon Reifer, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Kavem Hodge, Keemo Paul
It is a good batting wicket which also offers turn for the spinners as the game progresses. It is not an easy wicket to score runs on and it will take impeccable timing from the batters to take advantage of the smaller boundaries on the ground. It will be clear weather with a high of 37 degrees Celsius in Sharjah on the match day.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium will be the venue for the 3rd and last ODI of this 3-match series. The bowlers have been quite impressive on this ground so far in this series and they will continue to dominate things in this match as well. If the team batting first can cross the 270-run mark, they would be in a comfortable position to win the match.
The choice to bat first is a straightforward one. It is not easy to chase a big total on this ground as it gets difficult to bat in the second innings. Though West Indies can restrict UAE to a below par total and chase it down, they’d want to improve their middle-order performance and hence, prefer to bat first.
It was a good bowling performance from UAE as they affected a batting collapse in the Windies lineup. However, it seems like the home team is still far from defeating the Windies in an ODI game. The batters are far behind in the contest against the West Indies bowling attack. Their best chance at winning will be to score at least 250+ and deliver the best bowling performance of their careers to defend that total. Looking at the current form of these two sides, it looks like West Indies have a clear advantage and will start as favourites to win.
West Indies to win the match
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