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T20 World Cup 2024 Match 2, WI Vs PNG | Playing 11 Prediction, Cricket Tips, Preview & Live Streaming

Rovman Powell leads West Indies' Team Huddle (x.com)Rovman Powell leads West Indies' Team Huddle (x.com)

The co-hosts West Indies will begin their journey at the T20 World Cup 2024 on Sunday (June 2) against a spirited Papua New Guinea side at Providence Stadium, Guyana. 

This will be Match 2 of the ongoing edition between two teams placed in Group C, scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM IST. The tournament opener will be played between the other hosts, the USA and Canada, in Dallas.

WI Vs PNG: Team Previews

West Indies

The West Indies can stun every heavyweight in the competition. They have powerful batters, economical bowlers, and multi-dimensional all-rounders, everything a champion side requires. However, the only area where they lack is consistency, and if they work on that, don’t be surprised if they increase their T20 World Cup-winners tally from two to three.

Of course, to turn it into reality, the likes of Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, and skipper Rovman Powell must show characters on the field on every matchday this year. To assist them, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, and Alzarri Joseph also have to step up.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea comes into this World Cup with zero expectations, as they are placed 20th in the latest ICC T20I rankings. Their head coach Tatenda Taibu was an IPL player once, but he even knows his team is here to gain some experience by going up against some of the brutal forces of the game and taking the lessons for the future.

Among many names, keep an eye out for Tony Ura and Charles Amini. While Ura is the only PNG batsman who has smashed a century in T20Is, Amini, the leg-spinner, could wreak havoc in Caribbean conditions if he is in the mood.

WI Vs PNG: Match Details & Live Streaming

Date and TimeJune 2, 2024; 8:00 PM IST
VenueProvidence Stadium, Guyana
Live Streaming and BroadcastStar Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app

WI Vs PNG: Providence Stadium Guyana Pitch Report

The pitches at Providence Stadium are balanced ones, making it ideal for a perfect T20I match, unlike the recent trend where batters dominate bowlers like monsters. Both fast bowlers and spinners can be influential on this surface, although the slowness of the track could tempt the spinners to do more damage.

WI Vs PNG: Probable Playing XIs

West Indies: Shai Hope, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Rovman Powell (C), Sherfane Rutherford, Andre Russell, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Obed McCoy

Papua New Guinea: Tony Ura, Assad Vala (C), Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Hiri Hiri, Sese Bau, Norman Vanua, Kiplin Doriga (WK), Kabua Morea, Chad Soper, Semo Kamea

WI Vs PNG: Fantoss Fantasy Tips

Wicket-KeepersNicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Johnson Charles
BattersTony Ura, Rovman Powell
All-RoundersAndre Russell, Assad Vala, Charles Amini
BowlersAkeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
CaptainAndre Russell
Vice-CaptainNicholas Pooran

WI Vs PNG: Winner Prediction

It's very simple. Expect the West Indies to blow away PNG to kick off the proceedings in style.