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WI vs NZ, 1st T20I – MPL Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: West Indies vs New Zealand, (WI vs NZ, 1st T20I)

Date: August 10, 2022 – 12:00 AM IST

Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

After recently losing a series to India, West Indies will now host New Zealand for a limited-overs series. The T20I series against New Zealand will start on 10th of August, which will be followed by an ODI series which shall begin on August 17. All the T20Is will be played at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, and will offer both the teams a good time to prepare for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup which is less than three months away.

Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Tim Southee, who chose to not play the series against Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands, are returning for the series against West Indies. Williamson, who has been enduring a lean patch over the last few months, will look to get some runs under his belt. New Zealand, who have won their last 11 white-ball games on a trot, will be looking for another series win over the hosts.

West Indies, meanwhile, have not been at their best in the recent past despite being one of the best teams in the game’s shortest format. They have named the same squad for the T20I series which they lost recently to India. 

Ahead of the first T20I, let’s look at the head to head total of both points, pitch report, weather update and more.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for West Indies vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I

The pitch at Sabina Park is balanced for both batsmen and bowlers and the pacers are likely to dominate the powerplay overs. Only three T20 matches have been played at this venue so far, two of which were won by the teams bowling first. The average first and second innings total is 134 and 132, while the highest and lowest total is 194 for 1 and 96 for 9. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bowl first.

It is going to be partly cloudy in Kingston during the game, with some chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 23-36° C. 

New Zealand – Expected XI and Team News 

Team news – Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Tim Southee, who chose to not play the series against Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands, are returning for the series against West Indies. The return of Williamson will be a big boost for the side if the batsman, who has not scored a lot of runs in the recent past, returns to form.

Full squad – Kane Williamson (Captain), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee

Probable XI – Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips (WK), Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson

West Indies – Expected XI and Team News 

Team news – West Indies have named the same squad which recently lost to India. The inadequacies in their batting has been exposed in the recent games and that is one area they will look to make improvement in.

Full squad – Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Rovman Powell, Shamarh Brooks, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

Probable XI – Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shimron Hetmyer, Odean Smith, Nicholas Pooran (C & WK), Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh

Head to head record of West Indies and New Zealand

West Indies and New Zealand have faced each other in 16 matches in T20 internationals. Out of these 16 games, West Indies have won 5 whereas New Zealand have come out on top on 9 occasions. Two games produced no results.

Total games – 16

West Indies – 5

New Zealand – 9

Five players to watch out for in the WI vs NZ 1st T20I

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for WI vs NZ 1st T20I: 

Nicholas Pooran – wicketkeeper batsman, West Indies

Nicholas Pooran has got good starts in his last few outings but has not been able to get that one big knock which he will be hunting for in this series. He is the only batsman in his team to have more than 1,000 runs in the T20I format. In 65 T20 internationals for the West Indies, Pooran has scored 1382 runs at a strike rate of almost 131. He also brings with him plenty of experience of playing in franchise cricket tournaments.

Alzarri Joseph – bowler, West Indies

The West Indies pace bowler is low on experience, but he was impressive in his debut series against India, and thus makes for a good pick for your fantasy cricket team. On debut against India, Alzarri Joseph took five wickets in four innings, including two for 29 in the last match. In 51 other T20s, the speedster has taken 53 wickets.

Trent Boult – bowler, New Zealand

The star left-arm Kiwi pacer will be looking to make the most of the seam friendly pitch at the Sabina Park. Boult has taken 62 wickets in 44 T20I matches at an average of 21.69 and an economy rate of 8.12 so far. He is one of the best in the business and indispensable to your fantasy cricket team.

Michael Bracewell – all-rounder, New Zealand

Michael Bracewell has been in fine form over the last couple of months. In the most recent series against Scotland, he scored an unbeaten 61 in the only innings he got to bat in. With the ball, he picked up six wickets in four games.

Devon Conway – batsman, New Zealand

Devon Conway is playing his first T20 international since the conclusion of IPL 2022, where he scored 252 runs in seven matches for CSK at an average of 42.00 and a strike rate of 145.66. Conway is our pick for the MPL fantasy team’s captaincy.

MPL Fantasy XI

WI vs NZ, 1st T20I: Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The T20I series between West Indies and New Zealand will not be televised live in India but you can watch the game on Fancode or YouTube. The game will begin at 12:00 AM IST on August 10.  

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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