WI vs PNG Match Preview

The West Indies are in sixth position in the International Cricket Council's men's T20I team rankings. Papua New Guinea are in 20th position. That's a significant gulf, but perhaps it won't be that evident in this match. Major ICC tournaments are renowned as a platform for underdogs to beat cricketing giants.

The Windies will go into this match on the back of a three-nil T20I series win over South Africa. They did not have their Indian Premier League stars at the time. Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell and others have since returned to the national squad, making the tournament co-hosts that much more powerful.

In terms of world-class all-rouders, Russell is well worth getting into your Dream11 team selection. He recently won the IPL title with the Kolkata Knight Riders and was instrumental with the ball throughout. Russell is capable of winning contests with the bat almost singlehandedly, too.

Understandably, your team is probably going to have far more Windies players in it than those from PNG. But if you are going to find space for a PNG player, make it for Assad Vala. He is their captain again, after leading them at the 2021 T20 World Cup as well. Vala is a solid batter toward the top of the order.

Obed McCoy is another reliable choice. The fast bowler replaced the injured Jason Holder in the Windies squad for this tournament recently. McCoy bowls with good accuracy and pace - and has taken five wickets in his last three T20I appearances. Conditions in Guyana should suit him.

Conditions at Providence Stadium might also dictate the selection of two spinners. Akeal Hosein should be your first. He is a fine talent and gets extra bounce and spin. As a left-armer, his ability to turn the ball away from PNG's right-handers will be a big tactic for the hosts.

Weather Report

Rain is forecast in Guyana on matchday - and the day prior. This could affect the preparation of the pitch - and the decision at the toss. Lately, teams to win the toss in T20I cricket at this venue have chosen to bat first. But the potential of chasing an adjusted target in a second innings limited by wet weather could influence the choice at the toss.

Pitch Report

This pitch has generally produced first innings scores of 150 to 160-plus in T20I cricket in the last year or so. A first-innings total of 170-odd should be competitive. Both teams might consider opening the bowler with a spinner, especially in the second innings on a tiring track.

Notable stats

King in form

Brandon King captained the West Indies against the Proteas recently. He scored 79, 36 and 44 in that series. He has returned the captaincy to Rovman Powell, but should be empowered by that stint and all the more formidable with the bat for it.

Team News

The West Indies will need to relook at the composition of their XI after Holder was ruled out due to injury. The door has opened for McCoy. PNG will likely stick with the same XI that lost to Oman in a warm-up fixture.

WI vs PNG Probable 11

WI Playing 11

  • Andre Fletcher (Wk)
  • Brandon King
  • Kyle Mayers
  • Nicholas Pooran
  • Roston Chase
  • Andre Russell
  • Rovman Powell (C)
  • Akeal Hosein
  • Shamar Joseph
  • Obed McCoy
  • Alzarri Joseph

PNG Playing 11

  • Lega Siaka
  • Tony Ura
  • Assad Vala (C)
  • Charles Amini
  • Norman Vanua
  • Sese Bau
  • Kiplin Doriga (Wk)
  • Hila Vare
  • Kabua Morea
  • Alei Nao
  • Chad Soper
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

With homeground advantage, so much more experience than Papua New Guinea and a string of IPL stars at their disposal, the West Indies are firm favourites to win here - and rightly so.

Top Picks

Brandon King: Get the Windies opener into your Dream11 team selection and anticipate another strong showing from the talented batter.

Akeal Hosein: He should be among the best left-arm spinners on display at this tournament, not just this match, and can capitalise on conducive conditions.

Assad Vala: Don't underestimeate the PNG captain, whose leadership, ability with the bat and role with the ball could weigh in as a relative surprise.

WI vs PNG Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: Nicholas Pooran, Johnson Charles

Batters: Rovman Powell (C), Brandon King, Lega Siaka

All-rounders: Assad Vala (VC), Roston Chase, Andre Russell, Romario Shepherd, Kyle Mayers

Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph

WI vs PNG Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction