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Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - New Zealand v England 2nd T20I

Jonny Bairstow
England's Jonny Bairstow

The 2nd match of the five-match T20I series on the England tour of New Zealand will be played at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

The first match of the T20I series did not go as per expectations. The biggest reason for that was the pitch at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The pitch was expected to be a better one where the ball would come on the bat and run scoring would be easy.

However, that was not the case as the strip was on the slower side. This is why, batting first, New Zealand could only manage 153 runs from their 20 overs which was around 30 runs short of what they would have liked.

The English bowling also played a part in it with Chris Jordan standing out with two wickets. Sam Curran dismissed Martin Guptill to set the tone for the remaining match while Adil Rashid and Patrick Brown also bagged one wicket each.

Colin Munro, Tim Seifert and Ross Taylor were the major contributors for New Zealand but it was Daryl Mitchell's 17-ball 30 which helped the Black Caps stretch the total.

Jonny Bairstow and skipper Eoin Morgan then contributed with 30s but James Vince was the standout batsman who made a breezy half-century, consisting of 7 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of over 150. His knock helped the team win the game with one and half overs remaining.

Mitchell Satner was the only bowler who looked a bit threatening for New Zealand and picked up 3 wickets while conceding runs at less than 6 rpo.

The Kiwi batting has to click for them to be dominant in the series as their bowling, in the absence of Trent Boult and with waning powers of Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi, is looking a bit on the lighter side.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson

England- Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Patrick Brown

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - New Zealand

Who will win? – England

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Jonny Bairstow (England)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mitchell Santner (New Zealand), Chris Jordan (England)

Most Sixes – Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand), Jonny Bairstow (England)

Player of the Match –  Jonny Bairstow

Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 160+, England 170+

Match Handicap England

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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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