New Zealand Tour of West Indies 2022: West Indies vs New Zealand – 2nd T20I Preview and Updates

On Friday afternoon in Jamaica, the West Indies and New Zealand will play the second of three Twenty20 Internationals. The series started on Wednesday afternoon, with the visitors successfully defending their 185-5 total. West Indies could only muster 172-7 in response. Continue reading for a preview of this game. At 13:30, the second match of the series begins at Sabina Park.

West Indies struggled in the first game of the series, much like they did against India earlier this month. Too many of their top order batters are getting out, preventing them from putting up a big enough total.

New Zealand impressed in Western Europe despite missing some of their star players, and they looked like a real top side on Wednesday. We expect all of their batters to play responsibly and aggressively in this match.

West Indies vs New Zealand

West Indies vs New Zealand

Match Details to Note

Match: West Indies vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I, New Zealand Tour of West Indies 2022

Date: August 13, 2022 (Saturday)                                                    

Time: 12:00 AM IST

Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

West Indies Team News:

The West Indies have shuffled their team for the recent home T20I series against Bangladesh and India, but now may be the time to stick with a stable lineup ahead of the World Cup. Brandon King will be vying for a return to the starting lineup, but the hosts are expected to remain unchanged.

West Indies Squad

Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh, Devon Thomas, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Dominic Drakes

Players to watch out for:

Shamarh Brooks

Despite batting at a strike rate of 97.67 in the first game of the series, the right-handed opener kept the innings alive as the rest of the top order threw their wickets away.

Odean Smith

The all-rounder impressed in both disciplines in the first game. He dismissed the top three batters in New Zealand’s batting order before scoring 27 runs off 12 balls.

Obed McCoy

Despite conceding three sixes and one four on Wednesday, the 25-year-old picked up the crucial wicket of the in-form Daryl Mitchell.

Possible Playing XI:

Shamarh Brooks, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy

West Indies Team Form

The five-wicket win over India earlier this month already seems distant. West Indies have now lost four consecutive games in this format.

New Zealand Team News:

For the first game of the series, the Black Caps welcomed back their top players, and their lineup for the start of the T20 World Cup in two months will be very similar. Lockie Ferguson is frequently rested, but we anticipate that the management will want to gradually increase his workload and that the team will remain unchanged in this match.

New Zealand Squad

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

Players to watch out for:

Kane Williamson

The captain hit four fours and two sixes on Wednesday at Sabina Park. He’ll be disappointed to have missed out on his 15th T20I half-century.

Mitchell Santner

The bowling all-rounder led his team to victories on recent tours to Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands. In the first game of the series, he took 3-19 on this pitch.

Trent Boult

The 33 year old announced that he will relinquish his New Zealand central contract at the end of this series. However, his dedication was undeniable as he bowled 12 dot balls and dismissed Jason Holder.

Possible Playing XI:

Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi

New Zealand Team Form

New Zealand is aiming for their ninth straight victory in this format. On Wednesday, we saw all batters and all bowlers contribute usefully.

West Indies vs New Zealand Top Team Batsmen

Our batting picks for West Indies’ leading run scorers are Nicholas Pooran, Kyle Mayers, and Shamarh Brooks. In the first game, Pooran struck at a rate of 187.50.

Our picks for New Zealand’s top batters are Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, and Kane Williamson. On this pitch on Wednesday, Conway scored 43 runs on 29 balls.

West Indies vs New Zealand Top Team Bowlers

West Indies’ top bowlers are expected to be Jason Holder, Obed McCoy, and Odean Smith. In the first match, Holder defeated the powerful Glenn Phillips.

We believe Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner will carry the ball for New Zealand. Since the start of the Ireland tour, Sodhi has taken at least one wicket in every game.

West Indies vs New Zealand Head to Head

In recent matches against the West Indies in this format, New Zealand has been dominant. West Indies last won in this match eight games ago, in July 2014.

West Indies vs New Zealand Head to Head Stats in T20I

  Matches Played WI Won NZ Won Tie NR
Overall 17 3 9 3 2
Last 5 5 0 4 0 1

West Indies vs New Zealand Toss Prediction

On Wednesday, the West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. With rain expected in the hours leading up to the game, we expect both captains to want to bowl first before the second game.

West Indies vs New Zealand Pitch Report

Although some of the West Indian top order batters struggled, the majority of batters were able to score runs at a reasonable rate on Wednesday. For this match, expect fast pace on this wicket.

Over the first couple of hours of the game, the weather is humid with a high risk of thunderstorms. Because the temperature will be 32 degrees, any rain should evaporate quickly.

West Indies vs New Zealand Prediction

The West Indies have a lot of talented players, but getting them all to perform consistently is the biggest challenge right now. Although they will want to compete in the T20 World Cup in 2022, the tournament may come a little too soon for them. We’ve been impressed with New Zealand in recent weeks and believe they’ll win the second T20I.

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