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West Indies has been going through a very bad phase for the last 5 years. In 2022, they failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup as they were knocked out in the qualifiers of the T20. They have top talents, but team unity is what they miss. Because of that, they have been unable to play as a team and have been doing poorly in the last 5 years.
Shai Hope will lead the side of superstars, and he needs to make things work between all of them. They missed the direct qualification by 10 points as South Africa qualified above them, but the sad part for them is to see Afghanistan in the top 8, which is an inspiring thing to see also.
United States, for the first time in history, reached the qualifiers of ICC World Cup Qualifiers after winning 4 matches out of 5 in the stage of Qualifiers. Most players in the USA team are Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi originated. Only Steven Taylor, Kyle Philip, Nostush Kenjige, and Aaron Jones are the players who do not have Asian origin.
It will be hard for the United States cricket team to win one match against the top sides, as was seen in the warm-up match, where they suffered a huge defeat by the Sri Lankan side for about 198 runs.
West Indies vs United States: Head-to-Head Record
West Indies and the United States never played any match against each other, and the United States will be playing the first official ICC tournament in their history. West Indies played 3 match series against the United Arab Emirates recently, in which they won all three quite easily.
The United States of America won 4 out of their 5 matches and showed a strong performance against the other associating countries. West Indies will be a heavy favorite to win their match against the USA.
Pitch Report of Takashinga Sports Club, Harare, for ICC World Cup Qualifiers Match between West Indies vs United States on June 18, 2023
|Match Played||6 matches|
|Batting first won||2 matches won|
|Batting second won||4 matches won|
|Average 1st innings scores||357 runs|
|Highest Team innings total||229|
|Lowest Team innings total||93|
The Pitch of Takashinga Sports Club, Harare, favors bowlers, especially spin bowlers, as in the warm-up match between West Indies and UAE, spin bowlers dominated the match and the batters. In the last match on this pitch, West Indies scored 374 runs which shows other characteristics of the pitch, so it is still uncertain how the pitch will play.
There will be a fast pitch because it is the first match on the pitch, so right now, it is going to help batters more, but as the games are played on the pitch, spinners will come more in the game.
Team Preview of the West Indies Team
West Indies will be confident to grab the one spot in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2023, and they are the favorite to top the league alongside Sri Lanka, but anything can happen in cricket as we saw Afghanistan making it into the top 8 and South Africa just qualified in the 8th position which clearly shows that anything can happen in cricket it’s all about the day.
West Indies have world-class players who can even take their team to win the world cup, but it’s all about their unity and playing together because this is the only reason they cannot qualify for two back-to-back world cups. They started off very well in the warm-up match as they won it by 114 runs against Oman, who is also quite a good team and able to make 260 runs.
Important Players of West Indies in the match against the United States
1- Shai Hope is the captain of the West Indies team and one of the best players in the team who has been scoring. In his last 9 matches, he scored around 410 runs with an average of 58.57 which is an amazing average for any batter. He is happy to lead his side and even said that he will bat at any number on the team.
2- Brandon King is one of the explosive batters for the West Indies team, as in the last 8 matches, he scored 323 runs with an average of 40.37 and with a strike rate of 96.70. However, his only concern is that he gets out easily also. He throws away his wickets quite easily, which is one of the biggest concerns about his batting.
3- Alzarri Joseph has been one of the best bowlers for the West Indies team since he cemented his place, and his wicket-taking ability always comes in handy. Recently he played 6 matches and took 13 wickets with an economy of just around 5.42, which is great for any pace bowler in this era of cricket where everyone wants to hit six.
Team Preview of the United States Team
The United States of America team will be happy even to reach the qualifiers, but they might already know that they don’t have any chance to qualify for the Top 10 teams in the ICC World Cup main event, which will happen in India.
The team must be motivated, and it is the first step for them to be on the International stage against some top teams worldwide. Few players have decent records, but it will still be tough playing against a top team like West Indies.
Important players for the United States team in the match against West Indies
1- Steven Taylor is one of the main all-rounders of the USA team and had a decent record in the WC Qualifiers league stage 2, in which he scored 317 runs in 8 matches with an average of 39.62. He is quite good as an associate national cricketer and took 33 wickets in 40 matches.
2- Nisarg Patel is one of their best players, who played 9 matches and took 16 wickets. He is also good with batting when needed, as in 36 matches, he has scored 465 runs with an average of 20.21 runs. However, he is an Indian who was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
3- Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan is the main bowler for the team, and he has played in a few top T20 leagues like the UAE league, Pakistan League, and Carabian League, and has also been part of Kolkata Knight Riders. He took 30 wickets in 12 ODI matches and performed well in the T20 leagues.
West Indies vs United States: Probable Playing 11 of West Indies
Johnson Charles, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope (c & wk), Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell (vc), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph
West Indies vs United States: Probable Playing 11 of United States
Steven Taylor, Sushant Modani, Monank Patel (c & wk), Aaron Jones (vc), Gajanand Singh, Shayan Jahangir, Nisarg Patel, Ali Khan, Kyle Philip, Saurabh Netravalkar, Usman Rafiq