Match Preview, Probable XI, Broadcast and Live Streaming
New Zealand Vs West Indies: The first T20 match between New Zealand and the West Indies will be played in Auckland on Friday, 27th November. Tim Southee will be leading the Black Caps while Kieron Pollard will be captaining the Windies side of the tour.
Kane Williamson and Trent Boult have been rested for the T20 series for New Zealand. West-Indies all-rounder Andre Russell opted out of the tour, while DJ Bravo will be unavailable due to an injury.
The report of the third and last Corona Test of West Indies cricketers, who have been living in isolation since arriving in New Zealand, has come negative and now they will play the first T20 match on 27 November. Most of the West Indies cricketers have arrived here playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE.
West Indies Team Reports
West Indies last played an international match in a three test match series against England in July. However, New Zealand hasn’t played since before the COVID 19 break, when they played the first ODI against Australia in March.
Some of the most talented T20 players in the world will take to the pitch at the famous Eden Park Stadium in Auckland, and we might be in for an interesting contest.
The West Indies will aim to improve their poor recent form in the shortest game format. But despite that, their squad has a range of T20 experts, which could give them the edge over the New Zealand team. Their batting order includes many explosives power hitters, including Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell.
New Zealand Team Reports
On the another hand New Zealand has lost its last seven T20Is, a worrying stat for a team that reached the 50-plus World Cup final less than 18 months ago.
In the absence of Williamson, New Zealand might offer a debut to Devon Conway, who has been the top scorer in domestic cricket in the country for the past 18 months. Tim Seifert is also expected to play after impressing India just before the pandemic started. Kyle Jamieson may also make his T20I debut and set the pace with Lockie Ferguson.
New Zealand Vs West Indies Probable XI
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Tim Southee(C), Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips/ Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert(WK), Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, and Ish Sodhi.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard(C), Nicholas Pooran(WK), Andre Fletcher, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell/ Kyle Mayers, Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell/ Hayden Walsh, Oshane Thomas, and Kesrick Williams
Indies Pitch Report
Eden Park has always been a decent wicket to bat on and batsmen will definitely be inspired to go for the big hits by the short straight boundaries.
The pitch is favorable for both seamers and spinners, although both teams are unlikely to field more than one spinner. Any score above 180-185 shall be considered as par.
New Zealand Vs West Indies Weather Conditions
The sky in Auckland will be cloudy during the match. The temperature is predicted to stay at around 18 degrees Celsius, while the humidity level will remain at around 77%.
There is a 15% chance of rain, which means there might be a few interruptions in this T20I game.
New Zealand Vs West Indies Broadcast and Live Streaming
- India: Fan Code
- New Zealand: Spark Sport, TVNZ
- South Africa: SuperSport
- Australia: Fox Sports, Kayo Sports
- USA: ESPN Plus
- Caribbean: Flow Sports
- Canada: ATN Cricket Plus
New Zealand Vs West Indies Complete Fixtures
- Friday, November 27: 1st T20 New Zealand vs West Indies, Eden Park, Auckland
- Sunday, November 29: 2nd T20 New Zealand vs West Indies, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
- Monday, November 30: 3rd T20 New Zealand vs West Indies, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
- December 3-7: 1st Test New Zealand vs West Indies, Seddon Park, Hamilton
- December 11-15: 2nd Test New Zealand vs West Indies, Basin Reserve, Wellington