Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand
After an outstanding victory in the first test match, can New Zealand clean sweep the test match series?
We predict New Zealand will win this match.
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New Zealand will take on West Indies in the second and final match of the series starting from 11th December at Basin Reserve, Wellington. After an excellent performance in the first match of the series and winning the game by an inning and 134 runs, Kiwis will be hoping for similar performance and make it 2-0. Ones again, it’s great batting performance from Ken Williamson, who is best in the business. Skipper Ken led the team from the front and scored career-best 215 runs in first innings. Later Kiwis bowlers took all the advantage of home conditions and displayed quality bowling performance to get 20 wickets of the opponent. Kiwis look very solid and they got all bases covered, and they will be eyeing for clean-sweep. On the contrary, West Indies had no answer to the Kiwis dominant all-round display in the last match. Ones again, the inexperienced batting line-up has struggled while batting against quality bowling side. Though Windies middle-order batsmen J Blackwood and A Joseph shown some great resistance, it was a difficult job for the duo, but Windies would be very content following that partnership and it will give some confidence going into the second game. Windies batsmen need to come up with better temperament and skills to compete against the home side.
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The Blackcaps would be riding high on confidence following the success in T20 series and the first test, and now they would be aiming to clean-sweep against Windies in test series as well. Kiwis batting line-up is pretty stable and strong, so Kiwis are likely to stay with same eleven. At the top, Tom Latham had a great start to series; southpaw scored 86 in the last match. At three, skipper Ken Williamson; ICC second-ranked test batsman is in prime form. He possesses great techniques and temperament considered necessary to get success in the longer format of the game. He is the player to watch out for in any contest. Ken was a man of the match in last game for his remarkable knock of 251. Veteran Ross Taylor will bat at no.4, he is in great form lately scored 689 runs from last 15 innings.
Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell and D Mitchell will form the middle-order. Batting trio has failed to make an impact with the bat in the previous match but they got great success lately and will be hoping to score some run in the second test. Kiwis Pace bowling attack comprising of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and K Jamieson is one of the lethal bowling attacks in red-ball cricket. Tim Southee picked five whereas N Wagner took 5 wickets in the previous match. K Jamieson displayed great all-round skills; scored 51 runs and also picked 4 wickets.
Key Players: Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Tim Southee
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Neil Wagner, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell, TG Southee, Kyle Jamieson
West Indies would be very disappointed after the home side has outplayed them in all the department. The margin of defeat was also huge and that would have hurt the morale of Windies player. However, they also got some positives as well in the last match like the partnership of 155 runs between J Blackwood and A Joseph. J Blackwood was a standout Windies player in the previous game; he played an exceptional knock of 104. He will be hoping to carry on the good form and play a big inning. For the second test, Windies are likely to make some forceful changes as K Roach will miss this test due to personal reason and S Dorwrich got injured. So, Shimron Hetmyer is likely to get chance in starting eleven in place of Dorwrich and Chemar in place of K Roach. In batting, a lot would depend on the Windies experienced batsmen K Brathwaite and J Holder. K Brathwaite is a leading run-scorer in current Windies squad with 3703 runs from 120 Innings at an average of 33.08. D Bravo is another experienced player in the visitor’s rank; he scored 3527 from 100 innings at an average of 37.3.
In the middle-order, Jason Holder, R Chase will need to take more responsibility and make sure Windies get to a good total. In the bowling, pace attack comprising of S Gabriel, C Holder and J Holder will be tested seriously against Kiwis batting line-up. Bowling unit needs to rectify the mistakes from the last match and deliver better performance. S Gabriel picked 3 wickets in the last match.
Key Players: J Holder, J Blackwood, S Gabriel
Darren Bravo, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Chemar Holder, Shamarh Brooks, Kraigg Brathwaite, Alzarri Joseph
Weather in Wellington is good during the second test match. There is no forecast for the rain. The temperature will stay around 18 degrees Celsius. The fast bowlers are likely to get more assistance early on this track and spinners will play a big role as the game progress.
The second test of the two-match series will be played at Basin Reserve, Wellington.
In New Zealand, compared to other countries, the first inning score is usually less and witnessed a higher scorer in the third and fourth inning. The batting becomes easier as the match goes one. Hence, after winning the toss, the team is likely to bowl first
Kiwis are intimidating at home following the win in eight out of their last nine test series under Ken Williamson captaincy, besides they got plenty of great batsmen and quality bowlers in their rank. On the other hand, the Windies batting line-up is not much experienced and their key batsmen are in abysmal form. It will be a difficult task for Windies to defeat Kiwis in their fortress.
We predict New Zealand will win this match.
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