West Indies have failed to win any of the last five T20I meetings against New Zealand.
WI vs NZ Team Preview:
West Indies (WI) will be hosting New Zealand (NZ) in the 1st T20I match at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday. West Indies suffered a big home 1-4 defeat against India in the T20I series and a 0-3 whitewash in the ODI series. West Indies have decided to name the same squad for the T20I series against West Indies with Nicholas Pooran leading the charge.
New Zealand ended their month-long Europe tour with 11 wins in 11 white-ball matches against Ireland, Scotland, and The Netherlands. Mitchell Santander led the squad with senior key players rested for the tour. But Kiwis have named a strong squad for the West Indies tour with regular captain Kane Williamson leading the returning trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Devon Conway.
WI vs NZ Match Details:
West Indies vs New Zealand, 1st T20I
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Date & Time: 11th August at 12:00 AM IST and 01:30 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: FanCode
Live Telecast: Sony Sports Network
WI vs NZ, 1st T20I, Pitch Report:
The pitch at Sabina Park is perfectly balanced for both batters and bowlers in white-ball cricket. New Zealand pacers are likely to dominate the powerplay overs but batters can expect big scores in the middle and death overs. In the three T20I matches played here, the average first innings scored is just around 134 runs.
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WI vs NZ, 1st T20I, Probable Playing XIs:
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Devon Thomas (wk), Jason Holder, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy.
Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee.
Top Picks for WI vs NZ Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
The in-form opening batter will be returning to white-ball cricket for the first time since the conclusion of IPL 2022, where he scored 252 runs in just 7 matches at an average of 42.00 and a strike rate of 145.66.
The big-hitter returned to his usual best form with fifty against India in the last match. He scored 19 and 20-run knocks in the previous two matches but couldn’t convert them into big scores.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
The in-form all-rounder smashed unbeaten 61 runs in his last T20I inning and has taken six wickets in his last five matches. He will be eager to carry on his good form on the West Indies tour as well.
Top Picks – Bowlers
The star left-arm pacer is likely to enjoy Sabina Park’s pitch which favors seamers in early overs. He has taken 62 wickets in just 44 T20I matches at an average of 21.69 and an economy rate of 8.12 so far.
The West Indies speedster made his debut in T20I cricket against India where he took five wickets in four innings, including two for 29 in the last match.
Top Picks – Wicketkeeper
West Indies skipper failed to score any big knock after receiving good starts against India. He should be picked ahead of Kiwi wicketkeeper Tom Latham, who last played a T20I match in September last year.
WI vs NZ Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for WI vs NZ Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Team:
Nicholas Pooran (vc), Martin Guptill, Shimron Hetmyer, Devon Conway (c), Michael Bracewell, Jason Holder, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Alzarri Joseph.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for WI vs NZ Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Team:
Nicholas Pooran, Devon Thomas, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Mayers (vc), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips (c), Jason Holder, Daryl Mitchell, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Alzarri Joseph.
WI vs NZ Risky Captaincy Choice:
The 35-year-old batter was in good form for the Black Caps on the Europe tour with one century and a fifty against Ireland in the ODI series. But he has failed to score big on a consistent basis and will be a risky captaincy choice in this upcoming match.
The star all-rounder took five wickets in five matches but failed to make any impact with a bat in three innings. He started the inning for West Indies in the last match but is likely to play in lower order against New Zealand.
Player you should avoid:
The left-arm pacer took 6 for 17 in the 2nd T20I match against India but has proved costly in the last three matches with just two wickets to his name.
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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.