International cricket is back in New Zealand as the will take on West Indies in the 1st T20I at Auckland. West Indies will hope to put up a good show in New Zealand in the T20I series that begins today.
West Indies have an interesting record in New Zealand. They have won just one T20I – claiming a tied match in 2008 in the Super Over – while losing six of the eight games in the country.
The last time these two sides met in a T20I game was in 2018 in Mount Maunganui. Colin Munro scored a century to power New Zealand to their highest T20I total of 243. They went on to win by 119 runs, their largest victory margin in the format. The last time New Zealand lost a T20I to West Indies is back in 2014.
Date: Friday November 27, 2020
Timing: 11:00 AM PKT
Weather: There’s a little chance of a shower in Auckland.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The wickedly small ground dimensions at Eden Park certainly make a strong case for a high-scoring thriller, but teams defending have not had much luck in recent games at Eden Park.
Head to Head:
Matches: 13 | New Zealand: 6 | West Indies: 3 | NR: 4
New Zealand: L L L L L (completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies: W W W L L
1. New Zealand
Missing quite a few of their routine members, Glenn Phillips, who returns on the back of a spectacular CPL, could expect himself alongside Martin Guptill for the job of opening.
In the absence of Kane Williamson and Trent Boult. Devon Conway, whose exploits with the bat in the domestic circuit and pacer Kyle Jamieson could make their T20I debuts.
Skipper Southee will lead the pace attack pace-attack alongside Lockie Ferguson, whereas Ish Sodhi will pick himself as the second spinner.
New Zealand‘s Probable XI:
1. Tim Seifert (wk), 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Glenn Phillips, 4. Devon Conway, 5. Ross Taylor, 6. James Neesham, 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Tim Southee (c), 9. Kyle Jamieson, 10. Lockie Ferguson, 11. Ish Sodhi
2. West Indies:
Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard come off the back of great performances in the IPL and will hope to replicate that in New Zealand. In the absence of Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, Fast bowling allrounder Kyle Mayers could get an opportunity.
With regular players – Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis – out of their ranks, West Indies has called in wicketkeeper-batsman Andre Fletcher and Brandon King, who will be on the opening duties.
In addition to Pollard, the middle-order contains several hard-hitting power-performers including the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, and Rovman Powell.
West Indies Probable XI:
1. Andre Fletcher, 2. Brandon King, 3. Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4. Rovman Powell/Kyle Mayers, 5. Shimron Hetmyer, 6. Kieron Pollard (c), 7. Sheldon Cottrell, 8. Hayden Walsh, 9. Fabian Allen, 10. Oshane Thomas/ Keemo Paul, 11. Kesrick Williams
Players to watch:
1. Martin Guptill – Batsman, New Zealand
Guptill is all set to continue his domination into his favorite format once again. He can have a good start to the series if he takes off in a batsman friendly pitch. He has scored 2536 runs in 88 T20Is at an SR of close to 135 and opens the innings
2. Ross Taylor – Batsman, New Zealand
Tayloris a veteran T20 player and his presence in the middle-order will mean a lot to the team. He has played a whopping 100 T20Is scoring close to 2000 runs at a strike-rate of over 120. He will be eyeing for another great series with the bat and can turn out to be a crucial addition to the team.
3. Nicholas Pooran – Batsman, West Indies
With form and experience both by his side, Pooran is one of the best candidate in West Indies batting line-up and probably one of the batsmen to watch out. He will be keen on taking advantage of shorter boundaries in New Zealand.
4. Kieron Pollard – All-Rounder, West Indies
Pollard has been one of the most important player for West Indies off late and with performances after performances, Pollard loves to lead from the front and it shouldn’t be a surprise if he shines in this series.
Stats and Travia:
- New Zealand have lost their last two bilateral T20I series at home – against India and England. If West Indies beat them here, it will be the first instance of them losing three consecutive T20I series as hosts.
- Ross Taylor needs 91 more to complete 2000 runs in T20Is and join two other New Zealanders in the club: Martin Guptill (2536) and Brendon McCullum (2140).
Tim Seifert, New Zealand ‘keeper-batsman: I could easily go into the Black Caps environment and give my two cents on how we should bowl to Polly [Kieron Pollard, Trinbago Knight Riders teammate] – rightly or wrongly. I think it gives you a great insight of these guys and how they actually do things because they do open up to you because you’re in the same team and they want franchise teams to go well.
Andre Fletcher, West Indies batsman: “We’ll continue being positive and playing our brand of cricket. It’s sometimes tough – winning two T20 World Cups and ranking No.9 in the world is kind of off-balance, but I believe we’ll get back up there in the rankings.”