Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: New Zealand vs West Indies 2020 - 2nd T20I
The 2nd T20I of the three-match series between New Zealand and West Indies will be played at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand.
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Apart from the more serious issues of saving lives and preventing economies from tanking, another perk of managing the Covid-19 pandemic in exemplary fashion is that crowds can return to live sports. This was the case for the first T20I between New Zealand and West Indies which saw spectators back.
The country which has shown the way to the world in tackling the pandemic also did the same upon international cricket's return to the island, with a five-wicket victory.
The only reason why West Indies came so close was due to the individual brilliance of their captain Kieron Pollard who struck 75 off just 37 deliveries with 8 maximums.
While several New Zealand players contributed, the stand out was tearaway Lockie Ferguson, who picked up 5 wickets, conceding just 21 runs from his 4 overs and broke the back of the Windies' batting line-up in a match marred by rain.
Had the West Indies batting performed well, they could have considered bringing in leg spinner Hayden Walsh Jr, but with their batting folding up in the opening match, the team cannot afford to play an extra bowler.
New Zealand will not tinker with the winning combination, especially after new arrivals Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips and all-rounders James Neesham and Mitchell Santner fired for them.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Hamish Bennett
West Indies - Brandon King, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, Oshane Thomas
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - New Zealand
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Kieron Pollard (West Indies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand), Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies)
Most Sixes – Glenn Phillips (New Zealand), Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies)
Man of the Match – Lockie Ferguson
Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 200+, West Indies 190+
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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