As the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 approach, West Indies and UAE find themselves engaged in a gripping three-match ODI series in the UAE. Both teams are eager to gain momentum and fine-tune their skills before entering the qualifiers. While West Indies failed to secure a spot among the top eight teams in the ICC ODI Super League, UAE fought their way through the qualifier playoffs in Namibia to earn their place in this crucial tournament.
In the first ODI match, the Caribbean side showcased their dominance, leaving UAE determined to bounce back and display a stronger performance in the upcoming encounter. The UAE team is eager to rectify their approach and execute their batting with greater precision, aiming to put on a show that truly reflects their capabilities. The top bookmakers in India have odds with them for this tie.
The stage is set for the second ODI match, scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the renowned and historic Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. The match is set to commence at 6:00 p.m. IST, promising an evening of enthralling cricketing action. UAE's batters will be eager to adopt a more calculated approach, looking to make a significant impact in this crucial match.
The West Indies team is being led by their star batter, Shai Hope, in this series. They have come here with a lot of main players missing, such as Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Kyle Mayers, etc. We don’t think there will be any changes to their 11 because it is very early and you would not want to make changes to a winning combination.
Shai Hope and team management will also look to give all the players a good run before finalising their best playing 11 for the Qualifiers.
Predicted Lineup: Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope (c, wk), Keacy Carty, Kavem Hodge, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Yannic Cariah, Odeon Smith, and Dominic Drakes
UAE will also like to go with the same starting 11, according to us, because their team looks decent, but the players need to apply the strategies and plans in a better way on the field. Giving players a long rope and adequate chances will make them feel secure and allow them to play without any added pressure in the match.
We see the same 11 players take the field unless there is a forced change.
Predicted Lineup: Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryansh Sharma (wk), Vriitya Aravind, Rameez Shahzad, Asif Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Ali Naseer, Afzal Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, and Zahoor Khan
West Indies cannot afford to get complacent and take this series for granted after winning the first match, as UAE is a good team, and all these players combined can beat any big team on their day. The last match was a near-perfect one for the West Indies, with Brandon King getting to three digits as well. But the player to watch out for will still be Shai Hope and how he counters the spin attack of UAE because spin is the only way UAE can tackle the mighty batting attack of the West Indies.