New Zealand vs West Indies, 1st T20 Match Prediction 27 Nov 2020

West Indies tour of New Zealand, 2020

New Zealand vs West Indies, 1st T20 Match Prediction


Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand

11.67 179/5 in 15.2
11.25 180/7 in 16.0

West Indies

11.67 179/5 in 15.2 Cricbettingbuzz
11.25 180/7 in 16.0
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first
Cricbettingbuzz New Zealand beat West Indies by 5 wickets

New Zealand vs West Indies cricket betting odds

NZ 1.62

NZ vs WINDIES Prediction

Manish Khorgade

Can New Zealand breaking their losing steak and improve their T20 ranking?

  • New Zealand leads the head to head stats 7-5 in the 12 T-20 games between both the team.
  • In the ICC T20 ranking, New Zealand ranked 6th whereas West Indies is at 9th place.
  • New Zealand lost their last two T20 series and last seven T20 games in a row.

We predict West Indies will win this match.

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Match Preview

The first game of the three-match T-20 series between New Zealand and West Indies will commence on 27th march at Eden Pak, Auckland. Both the teams will be playing the international cricket after quite some time, however many from both the teams have played good cricket in last few months across the T20 leagues like IPL and CPL, so they are in good touch. New Zealand despite a very good side in ODI and Test, their recent record in T20 is not that great. Kiwis have lost the last two T20 series against India and England, and they are on a seven-match losing streak in T20 cricket. Considering the T20 world Cup is not far away, Kiwis would be eying to build the team starting from this series. So, Tim Southee led New Zealand side will be aiming for a better return in T20 cricket and improve the ICC T20 ranking.

On the other, two times ICC T20 champion team, West Indies had a poor run in T20 lately. They got plenty of firepower and all-rounder in their rank however they were not consistent and collectively they have failed to perform against big teams. However, on a given day, they can beat any team hence it won't be easy for the opponent team. The Windies player has been brilliant in the shorter format of the game but they need to be consistent playing in away conditions. K Pollard led Windies team will be eying for a clinical performance take 1-0 lead in the series.

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Teams Preview

New Zealand

New Zealand team played their last T20 series against Windies in  2017 where black caps won the three-match series 2-0. Likewise, the home side will be eying to start a series on winning note. New Zealand has rested Ken Williamson and T Boult for this series. Devon Conway is likely to make his T20 debut and open the batting along with M Guptill. At No 3, Glen Phillips is likely to fill the big shoes of regular skipper Williamson. Tim Seifert,  Jimmy Neesham, and Mitchell Santner will for the middle order.  Martin Guptill has been outstanding for Kiwis in the shorter format of the game, he has scored 2536 runs at ana average of 32.51. He is a vital cog in Kiwis in the batting line-up and his good form will be very crucial. Jimmy Neesham and M Santner can play big firepower inning down the order and can bowl good overs. 

On the bowling front, K Jamieson is likely to make his T20 debut and form the pace attack with Tim Southee, L Ferguson.  K Jamieson was outstanding in the series against India and he is likely to get more bounce from the surface which will trouble the Kiwis batsman. M Santner and Ish Sodhi will form the spin attack for New Zealand. Santner has been amongst the leading wicket-taker for New  Zealand last year and he can be a match-winner for Kiwis.
Key Players – Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner

New Zealand Actual Playing XI:

Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Hamish Bennett, Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, TG Southee, Kyle Jamieson

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI

Tim Southee (c), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Devon Conway, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor

West Indies

Defending T20 champion team West Indies current rank in T20 is not the grat however their side is very formidable in the shorter of the games. In the three-match series, Windies will be without their key players Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis but they got good youngster in their rank tow in this series. Skipper Kieron Pollard is in great form, we witnessed his power hitting in recently concluded CPL and IPL 2020. He will be ready to lead the team from the front, his good form in this series will be very vital for Windies in winning the series. At the top, A Fletcher and B King are likely to open the batting. Fletcher has a good CPL, he scored 211 runs in CPL 2020 and he averages 41.67 against Kiwis. At number 3 & 4,  they got two of their best young batsmen; S Hetmyer and N Pooran, batting-duo is in solid form and can play the match-winning knock. 

In the middle-order, Kieron Pollard, K Paul and R Powell will provide great fire-power and depth in Windies batting. On the bowling front, S Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, and Kesrick Williams will form the pace attack. S Cottrell has done a great job for Windies in last year, and he is also currently 9th ranked ICC T20 bowler. Medium-pacer Keemo Paul and K Pollard will give extra bowling options for Windies. Spin bowling all-rounder F Allien is likely to be the lone spinner for West Indies. 
Key Players: K Pollard, N Pooran, S Cottrell

West Indies Actual Playing XI:

Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, ADS Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Rovman Powell, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen

West Indies Predicted Playing XI

Kieron Pollard (c), Brandon King, R Powell, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Keemo Paul, Fabien Allen, Oshane Thomas, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 20 0 mm. 6.29 k/h From: WSW 2%
03h 19 0 mm. 6.83 k/h From: WSW 0%
06h 17 0 mm. 5.67 k/h From: WSW 15%
09h 16 0.34 mm. 7.4 k/h From: SW 90%
12h 14 0 mm. 7.45 k/h From: SW 77%
15h 13 0 mm. 7.44 k/h From: SW 83%
18h 14 0 mm. 6.33 k/h From: SSW 41%
21h 16 0 mm. 6.1 k/h From: SSW 0%

Weather in Auckland on Friday exected to be cloudy. The temperature will be around 18-degree Celcius whereas Humdity will be around 77%.  There is a 15% chance of rain meaning there could be an interruption in the first T20. Eden Park features a drop-in pitch and is generally slowish. Good for batting and is hard on the bowlers. The pitch has produced many high scoring encounters in the last few years. 245 has been the highest score at this venue

Venue Details

The match will be played at Eden Park in Auckland. With a capacity of 50,000, Eden Park is easily the largest stadium in New Zealand. Its straight boundaries are as small as 55 meters, which gives the batsmen an edge. Even top edges fly over the boundary. 

Toss Prediction

Records are in favour both batting first and second team. However, as it will be the first game of the series so both team would look to bat second. Hence, we expect the team winning the toss will look to bowl first at this venue.

Winning Prediction

The Kiwis recent record at this venue is not good, they lost the last four games. Besides, Kiwis lacks firepower in their rank and depth in bowling. On the other hand, Windies have plenty of power-hitter and all-rounder in their rank. They also got the depth in their bowling. Moreover, small boundaries are in favour of Windies. 

We predict West Indies will win this match.

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