The first of the three-match T-20 series between New Zealand and West Indies will be played tomorrow at Saxton Oval, Nelson. There should be absolutely no doubt regarding who will be the favorite for cricket betting. Such was New Zealand’s dominance in the test and ODI matches. They simply toyed with West Indies. However, if there is any format West Indies can seriously challenge the other top teams, it is T-20. Many West Indian players are highly sought after in the T-20 franchisee leagues across the world. Don’t be surprised if West Indies give New Zealand a stiff contest tomorrow and the rest of the series.
Preview – New Zealand
The New Zealand selectors will continue to experiment with the team throughout the series. Tim Southee will lead New Zealand in the first T-20. Kane Williamson will be back from his Christmas break at the time of the second T-20. Trent Boult has been rested for the first two matches of the series – probably to the great relief of the West Indian batsmen. Todd Astle, another good performer in the ODI series, too has been rested. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Sauntner will be the preferred spinners.
Martin Guptill returns to the side after an injury-forced lay-off. Explosive middle-order batsman Anaru Kitchen, who has been doing well in the domestic circuit for a long time, has also been given a look-in. By and large, New Zealand have a strong team. You can safely back them in cricket betting.
Preview – West Indies
Carlos Braithwaite will lead the team. The team boasts of global T-20 stars like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Samuel Badree. Add the likes of Rovman Powell, Andre Fletcher, Jason Mouhammed and Jerome Taylor to it. You have a strong enough team of six-hitters and wicket-takers who can rattle any opponent in a T-20 match. Saxton Oval in Nelson is small ground with short boundaries. If a couple of West Indian batters get going, we could witness a six-hitting spree.
Prediction for cricket betting: New Zealand will still be favorite, but only by a slight margin. West Indies are no pushovers in this format.