New Zealand vs. West Indies 2020
1st T20I – Fri, 27th November
NZ vs. WI Match Prediction
We are back to International Cricket following an extended break, due to the covid-19 outbreak. A few players have had the opportunity to play domestic cricket or T20 leagues during this break. The West Indies Cricket team will travel to New Zealand to take on the Kiwis in a series that involves of two Test matches and three T20Is. The series will begin on November 27th, overlapping with the start of the South Africa-England series and India-Australia series.
The first T20I game will be played at Eden Park in Auckland. Steady the Ship, Kane Williamson has been rested for the T20I series, but he’ll return as skipper for the Test series. Fast bowler, Tim Southee will head the T20I team for the first two T20Is. 20-20 veteran Kieron Pollard will captain Caribbean T20I side.
A bunch of players of the Caribbean roster come into this series after playing IPL and other T20 leagues. Hence, despite home conditions favouring the New Zealand’s squad, we feel West Indies will win the first game on 27th.
West Indies will win this game.
Former Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum believes, this upcoming T20I series against the West Indies will be a stepping stone to reckoning the best team mixture for the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. True said, both the teams will be looking to build a core team, and capitalize on strengths.
There is almost always tragedy when New Zealand encounter West Indies in a T20 international. The first two t20 matches between the sides ended in a tie. However, the overall record of the West Indies is not upright against the New Zealand roster. They have played against each other 13 times and the record is 7-5 in service of New Zealand. The West Indian teams of the latest past have not been able to do fine in New Zealand and this is an occasion for them to alter that record.
New Zealand’s batsman Ross Taylor will resume his advancement towards becoming the country’s most capped player. They have a decent team, and will play to their strengths taking advantage of the home conditions.
On the other hand, quite a few players from the West Indies team will be acquainted of playing in bubble conditions. They have a stronger lineup and should topple the opposition with ease.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The humid and sub-tropical conditions associate to produce pitches that support slow and spin bowlers. The ground resembles a baseball diamond, which can perplex visiting skippers in their field situation. Eden Park is generally slowish and features a drop-in pitch. It is good for batting and is hard on the bowlers. However, the condition becomes delicate given the smaller boundaries at Eden Park in Auckland. Our Match Prediction forecasts that teams will opt to the ball first on winning the toss. Therefore, the toss will be critical.
Key Players to watch:
- Opening batsman Martin Guptill, wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert and veteran batsman Ross Taylor of New Zealand will be key players to watch.
- Skipper Kieron Pollard, explosive middle-order batsman Nicholas Pooran and strike bowler Sheldon Cottrellof West Indies will be key player to watch.