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WI vs NZ, 2nd T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: West Indies vs New Zealand, (WI vs NZ, 2nd T20I)

Date: August 13, 2022 – 12 AM IST

Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For Indian viewers, the series between West Indies and New Zealand will not be televised. However, you can catch the action live on the online streaming platform FanCode. Watch the second T20I at 12 AM IST on Saturday.

West Indies vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I:

New Zealand landed an early strike in the three-match T20I series with a 13-run victory in the first game. The hosts West Indies will look to bounce back when the two teams clash in the second T20I at Sabina Park in Kingston Jamaica on Friday, August 12.

The Kiwis, playing their a full-strength side for the first time since the T20 World Cup final, posted a strong total of 185/5 while batting first. Devon Conway scored 43 off 29 at the top while Kane Williamson made 47 in 33 balls. Jimmy Neesham provided them a push at the back end with a 15-ball 33*. For the hosts, Hayden Walsh was the most economical bowler, conceding 29 runs in four overs whereas Odean Smith snared 3 for 32.

Mitchell Santner was outstanding with the ball for the Black Caps, claiming 3 for 19 in four overs as they dismissed half the Windies side for 79 runs. The men in maroon needed 72 runs to win from 26 balls with three wickets in hand. They fought till the end, with Romario Shepherd smashing 31* off 16 and Odean Smith hitting a 12-ball 27* but 26 off the last over proved just too big of a task.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for WI vs NZ, 2nd T20I

The first match of this series was only the fourth T20I hosted at this venue. It has, however, hosted as many as 26 domestic T20 matches, with an average first innings score of 161. Trinbago have the highest to their name, having clobbered 267/2 once at this ground.

The match is scheduled to start at 2:30 PM local time on Friday. The weather forecast for Jamaica on Friday afternoon suggests there’s a possibility of thunderstorms in some parts, with a 45% chance of precipitation.

West Indies – Expected XI and Team News

West Indies, struggling to win matches, have been constantly changing their combination. The first T20I saw them field a bowling attack of Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd and Jason Holder. In the batting department, they haven’t found the best opening duo amongst Kyle Mayers, Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks.

Probable XI – Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (c/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Devon Thomas, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh, Obed McCoy

New Zealand – Expected XI and Team News

New Zealand have their first choice squad available for selection as this is their last assignment before they announce the squad for the upcoming T20 WC. Devon Conway opens the innings alongside Martin Guptill, with Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham forming the middle order.

Probable XI – Martin Guptill, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Head to head record of WI vs NZ

Total Encounters – 17

West Indies Won – 5

New Zealand Won – 9

Tied – 1

No Result – 2

New Zealand lead the last five completed encounters by 5-0.

2nd T20I: Five players to watch out for in the WI vs NZ match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:  

Devon Conway: Batter, New Zealand

Devon Conway was excellent in the first T20I, providing the team a good launchpad with his 43 off 26 balls. The left hander is one of the most secure batters at the crease, having scored 4060 runs in T20 cricket at an incredible average of 44. He strikes at 129 and has smashed two hundreds, 31 fifties in this format.

Nicholas Pooran: Batter, West Indies

Nicholas Pooran hasn’t crossed the 24-run mark in his last six innings despite looking in good touch. In the first game, he smashed two fours and six before mistiming a pull shot off Santner. The left hand batter has a decent record in T20 cricket, with 4800 runs at an average of 26 and strike rate of 143.

Lockie Ferguson: Bowler, New Zealand

Lockie Ferguson has the ability to intimidate batters with his sheer speed, especially the Windies side who generally struggles against hard pace. He picked 1 for 33 in four overs in the series opener. Ferguson has snared 32 wickets in just 20 T20 internationals at a strike rate of 13.3.

Romario Shepherd: Bowler, West Indies

Romario Shepherd smashed 31* off 16 balls in the previous game and has picked 6 wickets in the last four T20 appearances. Shepherd offered a decent all-round value to the side, having snared 20 scalps from 21 games at 17 strike rate while also scoring 180 runs at 45 average and 157 batting strike rate.

Mitchell Santner: All-rounder, New Zealand

Mitchell Santner was magnificent in the first T20I against West Indies, picking 3 for 19. Earlier on the Netherlands tour, he hammered an unbeaten 77 off 42 balls in the second T20I. The all-rounder has a pretty good record in T20I cricket, with 75 scalps at 7.21 rpo and 448 runs at an average of 18.

MPL Fantasy XI

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.

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