NZ vs WI today match prediction: Cricket in New Zealand is always a sight to behold. The picturesque grounds will also provide excellent conditions for batting which in itself is the primary requirement for a T20 game. The powerhouse in West Indies will have a task cut out against the home side as New Zealand are a phenomenal side at home.
Though, the Kiwis were whitewashed by the Indians in the 5 match T20I series prior to this series, they could have blanked India 5-0 had they won the crucial moments.
West Indies will be looking to build their side for the upcoming T20 world cup in India where they will be defending their title. This series could well be a perfect start to their title defense.
New Zealand have the upper hand when it comes to head to head records as they have won 7 games as opposed to West Indies's 5.
Lets take a look at NZ vs WI dream11 prediction
In WI vs NZ today match prediction, let's analyse the strengths and weaknesses of both the sides
New Zealand (NZ)
They have some ruthless batsmen in their batting lineup and all will be eager to prove their worth in this series. They have 2 tall hit the deck pacemen in Kyle Jamieson and Hamish Bennett who are well versed to counter the Windies batters who are susceptible to short pitch bowling.
West Indies (WI)
Their middle order is a complete powerhouse. The likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, and Kieron Pollard are in decent to good form. The comeback man Andre Fletcher would be eager to score big as well to cement his spot in the side
New Zealand (NZ)
They will be playing without Trent Boult and Kane Williamson. Both were in tremendous form in the recently concluded IPL. They would need their experienced middle order batsman in Ross Taylor to step up big time.
West Indies (WI)
Their bowling is pathetic to say the least. They will be playing without Dwayne Bravo who was their premier death bowler in the series against Sri Lanka. The absence of Andre Russell would have a telling effect in both batting and bowling.
Form guide (Last 5 games)
Records at Auckland (T20 format)
NZ: 6 wins and 16 defeats in 22 games
WI: 1 win and 2 defeats in 3 games
Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Seifert, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett, Kyle Jamieson
WI playing 11
Brandon King, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Kesrick Williams, Hayden Walsh Jr, Sheldon Cottrell
Who will win NZ vs WI dream11 match?
According to the betting sites, in NZ vs WI who will win today match, the odds are favoring the hosts in New Zealand.
Bet365: NZ- 1.61, WI- 2.30
Betway: NZ- 1.57, WI- 2.25
NZ vs WI dream11 team for today’s match
In the WI vs NZ dream11 prediction, let’s pick the players who can fetch big points in fantasy leagues.
Devon Conway: This strong and dynamic southpaw will be making his debut in the international arena if he is given the chance in the 1st T20I. He is an extraordinary stroke maker and would be a massive addition to NZ's dynamic batting order. One can gamble with him in grand leagues by captaining him.
Kieron Pollard: He is in destructive form at the moment. With no Russell down the order to back him up, he will have to bear the responsibility of finishing duty. He might fetch big points as far as fantasy leagues are concerned.
Kesrick Williams: Though, it’s a gamble to pick him in the fantasy side, he is the only death bowler available for Windies and might get some cheap wickets on the way.
Hamish Bennett: The lanky bowler could trouble the Windies batters big time with his hit the deck approach. He can pick a handful of wickets in the game.
Other picks: Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Fabian Allen and Shimron Hetmyer are all quality picks.
Today match score: Team batting first is expected to score well above 170
Today match pitch report: The wicket will be a batting paradise with short boundaries.