New Zealand played against Australia in the last ODI before cricket was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. And now with a home series against the West Indies, they will resume their international cricket. On Friday, the first of the three-match T20I series will be played with the Caribbean side continuing their stint in the format as well. In the post-Covid period, they were one of the first teams to restart cricket by heading to England for the Test series.
For this series, the Kiwis rested Kane Williamson and Trent Boult as the duo participated intensively in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tim Southee is set for the side to lead. The West Indies have missed Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, their top players, for various reasons. That being said, the Caribbeans in the shortest format are still dangerous and should never be taken lightly.
In Auckland on Friday, it will be cloudy for the whole day. There’s only a small chance of rain, and maybe there’s not much of a distraction to the game. During the match, the temperature will remain about 18-19 degree celsius.
The average score is more than 170 runs. A high-scoring game awaits at Eden Park.
The dimensional ground should play into the hands of the batsmen, who will look to take the attack to the bowlers, although there may be some swing early on. In the middle overs, the spinners could come into play, with a difference of pace likely to be the key.
In consideration of the controllable conditions of the pitch and the limited dimensions of the field, both teams would preferably aim for a chase.
Tim Southee (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, James Neesham/Ish Sodhi
Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Brandon King, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh/Kesrick Williams
West Indies vs New Zealand, 1st T20I Dream 11:
Kieron Pollard (c), Glenn Phillips (wk), Tim Seifert (wk), Andre Fletcher (wk), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ross Taylor, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Sheldon Cottrell
As Sheldon Cottrell is expected to lead an inexperienced lineup featuring Fabian Allen and Oshane Thomas, there will be concerns about the West Indies bowling attack. The West Indies are still the favourites to win the game away, although they will need to be aware of New Zealand who has always had a good condition at home. Let’s support your favourite cricket team by placing a bet on BAJI to enjoy the best cricket betting experience!