Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: New Zealand vs West Indies 2020 - 1st Test
The 1st Test of the two-match series between New Zealand and West Indies will be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton in New Zealand.
An injury to BJ Watling has meant that Tom Blundell, who was brilliant for New Zealand the last time they played test cricket against India, will have to don the gloves and bat in the middle order.
New Zealand are likely to go in with an all pace attack which will include Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult. They are expected to prefer right-arm medium pace bowler and all-rounder Daryl Mitchell over Mitchell Santner.
Santner has not had a great run in test cricket. Moreover, the pitches in New Zealand are more conducive to the pace bowlers and hence, Daryl Mitchell, who was added as cover for Colin de Grandhomme, is likely to make the final cut.
With Shimron Hetmyer not in good form during the T20Is, Jermaine Blackwood is expected to keep his place and will play the role of the aggressor in the lower middle order. Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks are the other important batters for West Indies.
Alzarri Joseph is expected to live up to the hype as he plays alongside Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer/Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (wk), Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell/Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - New Zealand
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Darren Bravo (West Indies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Trent Boult (New Zealand), Jason Holder (West Indies)
Most Sixes – Tom Latham (New Zealand), Jermaine Blackwood (West Indies)
Man of the Match – Trent Boult
Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 300+, West Indies 200+
Match Handicap New Zealand
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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