Updated June 2nd, 2024 at 18:49 IST

WI vs PNG, T20 World Cup 2024 Preview: Dream11 picks, predicted XIs, pitch, weather reports & more

Co-host West Indies (WI) will take on Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the second match at 8:00 PM IST. This exciting encounter will be held at the Providence Stadium.

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The ninth edition of the T20 World Cup kicked off on Sunday, June 2. United States (USA) and Canada (CAN) played the opening match of the tournament. USA beat Canada by 7 wickets. Meanwhile, co-host West Indies (WI) will take on Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the second match at 8:00 PM IST today. This exciting encounter will be held at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. 

As we gear up for the match, let's delve into the Dream11 predictions, pitch report, weather report, predicted playing XIs, and more.

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WI vs PNG: Head-to-Head Stats

West Indies and Papua New Guinea have never played a T20I match against each other.

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WI vs PNG, T20 World Cup 2024: Weather Report

A significant rain threat looms over the match. According to the weather forecast, there is over a 51 percent chance of rain at 10:00 AM local time, which is about half an hour before the scheduled start.

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WI vs PNG, T20 World Cup 2024: Pitch Report

The pitch at Providence Stadium is expected to favor seamers early on. The captain winning the toss would want to bowl first in order to put pressure on the opposition. Batting is expected to become easier under lights, offering a good balance between bat and ball.

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Providence Stadium, Guyana - Stats (T20s)

Since the start of 2022, the average first-innings score in T20 games at Providence has been 168, with teams generally preferring to bat second. Out of 24 T20 games played here since 2022, captains have chosen to field first in 16 instances. However, this strategy hasn't always led to success. Teams batting first have won 11 of these 24 matches, while teams batting second have secured 12 victories. One game was washed out. Spinners have been particularly effective at this venue, maintaining an economy rate of 6.94 in these matches.

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WI vs PNG: Predicted Playing XIs

WI's Predicted Playing XI: Johnson Charles, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Andre Russell, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Shamar Joseph, Gudakesh Motie

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PNG's Predicted Playing XI: Tony Ura, Sese Bau, Assad Vala (c), Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Hiri Hiri, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Norman Vanua, Alei Nao, John Kariko, Chad Soper

WI vs PNG: Dream11 fantasy team picks

Wicket-keeper: Nicholas Pooran (c), Shai Hope

Batter: Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Tony Ura

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All-rounder: Andre Russell, Assad Vala

Bowler: Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph, Semo Kamea

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WI vs PNG, T20 World Cup 2024: Winner prediction

The West Indies cricket team is favourite to win their T20 World Cup 2024 match against Papua New Guinea considering their far superior position in the ICC rankings. West Indies is a full member team while PNG is an ICC associate member. West Indies will also have the home advantage as the match is being held in the Caribbean.

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WI vs PNG, T20 World Cup 2024: Squads

West Indies: Rovman Powell (c), Alzarri Joseph, Johnson Charles, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Shamar Joseph, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd

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Papua New Guinea: Assadollah Vala (c), Alei Nao, Chad Soper, CJ Amini, Hila Vare, Hiri Hiri, Jack Gardner, John Kariko, Kabua Vagi Morea, Kipling Doriga, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sema Kamea, Sese Bau, Tony Ura
 

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Published June 2nd, 2024 at 18:49 IST