NZ vs WI Prediction: The West Indies tour of New Zealand starts tomorrow with the first of the three T20I matches. Prominent Kiwi players like Kane Williamson and Trent Boult have been rested and the veteran pacer Tim Southee will lead the team. West Indies, on the other hand, have a full-strength squad and hence a run feast is expected at Eden Park.
New Zealand vs West Indies 1st T20I
Date & Time: 27th November 2020, 11:30 AM IST
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Bet365: NZ- 1.61, WI- 2.30
Betway: NZ- 1.57, WI- 2.25
Prominent betting sides are predicting New Zealand to win this match comfortably.
West Indies to win this match
New Zealand is a dominant side at home. But the fact that they are without the services of Williamson and Boult and that they will be up against a strong T20 batting unit in a small Eden Park stadium works against their favour. So visitors West Indies are expected to win this match as per NZ vs WI today match prediction.
If you are in for online cricket betting, place your money on West Indies.
Head to Head (overall)
Head to Head (in NZ)
Head to Head (In Eden Park)
New Zealand as they always do have not assembled their full-strength squad for the T20I series. They have given rest to their captain Kane Williamson and lead seamer Trent Boult, who are back after a hectic IPL schedule. Tim Southee will wear the skipper's armbands in Kane’s absence. Apart from these two, the hosts have almost every other regular T20I players, with the addition of two new names- Kyle Jamieson and Devon Conway, who had a brilliant domestic season.
West Indies on the other hand have assembled a strong batting unit despite Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons opting out of the tour. The fact that most of their players have had match practice in the IPL, CPL, and the PSL works in their favour. Star all-rounder Andre Russell had made himself unavailable for this tour to play in the Lankan Premier League. Bowling is one area where the Windies is expected to face the most problems. The inconsistency of their pacers may haunt them in the small Eden Park stadium.
NZ Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Tim Siefert, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodi, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson
WI Playing XI: Brandon King, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Kesrick Williams, Hayden Walsh Jr, Sheldon Cottrell
Eden Park is historically a high scoring ground, where even the mishits go for maximums. With highly aggressive batsmen lined up in both teams, a high scoring encounter is on the cards. And rightly so it is better to have a score in mind. So chasing is preferred on this batsmen’s paradise.
If New Zealand bats first: 190-200
If West Indies bats first: 210-220
Players who are expected to perform well as per IND vs AUS Dream11 Prediction.
NZ- Martin Guptil
He is undoubtedly NZ’s best batsman as the format gets shorter. With the ground dimensions smaller and with home advantage favouring his style of play, he is expected to have a great game. He even has T20 hundred and four T20 fifties in Eden Park.
WI- Nicholas Pooran
Pooran is currently one of the premier Windies batsmen. She showed his calibre in the recently concluded CPL and the IPL. With short boundaries to pounce on, he is expected to top the batting charts.
Other prominent Batsmen: Tim Seifert, Kieron Pollard, Brandon King, Ross Taylor
NZ- Lockie Ferguson
With his brute pace and deadly toe crushing Yorkers, Lockie can take on any opposition on his day.
WI- Sheldon Cottrell
He is coming back after an injury and will have a major role to play in stopping New Zealand batsmen on their home turf.
Other prominent Bowlers: Mitchell Santner, Kesrick Williams, Kyle Jamieson
NZ- Martin Guptil
WI- Nicholas Pooran/ Kieron Pollard
Player of the Match
We are predicting West Indies to win this match. In that case, it is almost certain that their captain Pollard will have to play a significant role with both bat and bowl to make that happen. So he is our prediction for the ‘Player of the Match’ category.
Suitable Captaincy Picks: Martin Guptil, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran
Suitable VC Picks: Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor, Fabian Allen
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