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T20 World Cup 2024: West Indies v Uganda – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

West Indies will seek to make it two wins from two in Group C – and six straight wins overall – when they welcome Uganda to Guyana.

The co-hosts made rather hard work of their opening match against the minnows of Papua New Guinea and will be keen to avoid a repeat against another associate nation.


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Chasing 137 to beat Papua New Guinea in Sunday’s opener, West Indies never looked comfortable and were reduced to 97-5 at one stage..

However, in-form Roston Chase stepped up a gear with 27-ball 42 featuring two sixes and four fours and joined Andre Russell, who made 15 from nine deliveries, to guide the Windies home by five wickets with six balls to spare.

“I had to take it home for the team, and I did it,” Chase said. “I just thought that the wicket was one that was a bit difficult to start on in terms of playing your strokes and being aggressive.

“So, I thought it was one that you just had to get in and give yourself a bit of time to get adjusted to the pace of the wicket and once you get in you would get away the ball after a while.”

Russell had claimed 2-19 and Alzarri Joseph another couple as the islanders made 136-8, but they will seek to sharpen up in all departments when they take on the Cricket Cranes in the early hours of Sunday.

Uganda qualified for the tournament through the African qualifiers, beating Zimbabwe by five wickets along the way – their first win over a Full Member.

Brian Musaba’s side dusted themselves off after their humbling 125-run defeat in their opening game against Afghanistan on Tuesday to beat Papua New Guinea for their first T20 World Cup win in Guyana on Thursday.

The islanders batted first but their top three combined for only six runs and the onslaught continued as every Uganda bowler picked up a wicket as PNG were dismissed for just 77 in 19 overs.

Off-spinner Frank Nsubuga, at the age of 43, recorded the most economical four over spell in T20 World Cup history, posting figures of two for four from four overs with two maidens.

There were similar struggles with the bat for Uganda in their reply as only two batters reached double figures – though it was still a marked improvement from the 58 they were skittled for two days previously.

Opener Simon Ssesazi has more than 2,000 runs to his name in T20 internationals but has fallen for single figures in his last two appearances – something he’ll seek to put right against the Windies, along with opening partner Roger Mukasa.

All-rounder Riazat Ali Shah was the hero for the Yellows with a knock of 33 to steer his side home with two overs remaining and three wickets in hand.

Skipper Brian Masaba knows that nullifying the threat of their explosive hosts with the bat will be key to success in their third group game.

He said:  “We bowled in partnerships, we picked up regular wickets, we kept it nice and tight. Everything you could ask of a bowling unit, they did that.

“But special mention must go to Frank Nsubuga. We know what he can do because he’s done it for years, but to turn up and do it at a World Cup game, in his debut at the World Cup, that’s very special.”

Expected line-ups

West Indies: Charles, King, Pooran (wk), Powell (c), Hetmyer, Rutherford, Russell, Hosein, A Joseph, S Joseph, Motie.

Uganda: Patel, Ssesazi (wk), Mukasa, Ali Shah, Nakrani, Ramjani, Obuya, Masaba (c), Hassan, Kyewuta, Ssenyondo.

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Action from 1am UK time in the early hours of Sunday.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.

Prediction

With New Zealand also in the group, the West Indies will be hoping for a handsome win over Uganda to try and keep their run-rate high in a bid to stave off the threat of Afghanistan, with the possibility of weather in the region a factor worth considering.

They should have more than enough to see off the debutants, who might feel they have achieved what they came for with victory over Papua New Guinea last time out.

Windies to win, by some margin, is what we expect.

Alex Hoad
Alex Hoad
Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.
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