In the T20I series against West Indies, New Zealand got off to a great start. West Indies batted first in what was a rain-curtailed game and posted a mammoth 180 in just 16 overs. By scoring 75 runs, veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard demonstrated his class.
Unfortunately for him as New Zealand hunted down the goal without breaking a lot of sweat, it was not enough. As Devon Conway and James Neesham took the Windies bowlers for a ride, despite losing both openers early, they cruised through the run chase. Tomorrow they will be hoping for a repeat of that.
The rain could be spoilsports, and we could have another drawn game. The temperature will be around 15-18 degrees Celsius.
With a decent batting track on display at the Bay Oval, another high-scoring encounter beckons. For another challenging game, the bowlers should be in with the dimensions of the ground not aiding their cause. While the pacers should get marginal swing early on from ball one, the batsmen should be able to play their attacking game.
On winning the toss, both teams will look to chase, with 200 being par at this venue. Both teams will be able to make good use of the conditions in the latter half of the match, provided the firepower on their rosters, during which the ball should skid nicely onto the bat.
Tim Southee (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Hamish Bennett
Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Brandon King, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, Oshane Thomas
West Indies vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I Dream 11:
Martin Guptill (c), Andre Fletcher (wk), Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, Fabian Allen, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Oshane Thomas
In the first T20I match, New Zealand put up an average score. Their top-order crashed, but they did well in the middle and the lower order. Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson did well in the bowling but disappointed other bowlers. They’ve got a good squad for these home conditions, and they can continue to do well. On the other side, in some parts, the West Indies also did well. They have a strong batting unit if the batsmen don’t throw wickets then they can put up good runs on the board, and it should be a good match given the strength of both sides and whoever wins the toss will opt for bowling and first side batting need 180 plus runs on board for a battle in this game. Let’s bet on BAJI to win big now!