New Zealand vs. West Indies 2020
1st Test Match – Fri, 4th December
NZ vs. WI Match Prediction:
New Zealand hosts West Indies in the first Test in the two-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton. As per today Match Prediction, the hosts will be highly poised after winning the three-match T20I series 2-0. Their home form in Test matches has also been prodigious. Match tips reckon they will back themselves to earn all the points from this series, fancying their chances to rise in the World Test Championship points table.
Meanwhile, West Indies have also displayed signs of intelligence in Test cricket, although those flashes have been few and far between. Betting tips assure that captain Jason Holder and Roston Chase will hold the prime key if the West Indies pretense any New Zealand contest. They will also need to bowl with a lot of preparation.
While New Zealand will be the pick to win, Jason Holder’s crew will surely give their best and avoid the game from looking like a mismatch. With all to play for, an extremely ferocious game of Test cricket could be probable based on our betting tips, as either team is looking to draw first blood in the series.
New Zealand will win this game.
Kane Williamson’s team will be worrying over the fitness of regular wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling before the first Test. After that, New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead established that Tom Blundell would put on the gloves in the absence of BJ Watling. While left-handed batsman Devon Conway has been included in the Test team as Watling’s cover. Today Match Prediction claims they will likely go into the game with a six batsmen-five bowler’s set-up, given that Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson are convenient batsmen down the order.
The returning captain Kane Williamson is all set to lead the teams, and test specialists Neil Wagner and Trent Boult are also set to return to New Zealand playing XI. Thus, match tips assert that this inclusion will bolster their team.
The West Indies weren’t able to cope with the hosts in the T20Is, exclusively with the likes of Glenn Phillips and Lockie Ferguson. Though the West Indies would be prepared with the format change, today match prediction states that New Zealand is the prodigious favorite for this game.
John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite can open the Windies game, with Shamarh Brooks and Darren Bravo to follow, playing the anchoring role. Betting tips say that Jermaine Blackwood, along with skipper Jason Holder could be an extra batting option.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The pitch at Seddon Park should aid the batsmen. There should be some assistance to the pace bowlers initially in the match. And we reckon spin shouldn’t play a major role except maybe for the last two days with the pitch wearing out. Batters will need to utilize their time in the middle and exploit the conditions to make the most of the wicket. Hence, both teams would opt to bowl first after winning the toss and make proper use of the bowling conditions upfront as per match tips.
Key Players to watch:
Skipper Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner of New Zealand will be key players as per today match prediction. Skipper Jason Holder, dependable middle-order batsman Darren Bravo and all-rounder Roston Chaseof West Indies will be the key player to watch.