11 Aug 2022West Indies vs New Zealand, 1st T20IVenue: Sabina Park, Kingston, JamaicaDate & Time: 11th August at 12:00 AM
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
WI vs NZ, 1st T20I, Pitch Report:The pitch at Sabina Park is perfectly balanced for both batters and bowlers in white-ball cricket. New Zealand pacers are likely to dominate the powerplay overs but batters can expect big scores in the middle and death overs. In the three T20I matches played here, the average first innings scored is just around 134 runs.
WI vs NZ, 1st T20I, Probable Playing XIs
West IndiesBrandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Devon Thomas (wk), Jason Holder, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy.
Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee.
The 35-year-old batter was in good form for the Black Caps on the Europe tour with one century and a fifty against Ireland in the ODI series. But he has failed to score big on a consistent basis and will be a risky captaincy choice in this upcoming match.
The star all-rounder took five wickets in five matches but failed to make any impact with a bat in three innings. He started the inning for West Indies in the last match but is likely to play in lower order against New Zealand.
Devon Conway:The in-form opening batter will be returning to white-ball cricket for the first time since the conclusion of IPL 2022, where he scored 252 runs in just 7 matches at an average of 42.00 and a strike rate of 145.66.
Shimron Hetmyer:The big-hitter returned to his usual best form with fifty against India in the last match. He scored 19 and 20-run knocks in the previous two matches but couldn’t convert them into big scores.
The in-form all-rounder smashed unbeaten 61 runs in his last T20I inning and has taken six wickets in his last five matches. He will be eager to carry on his good form on the West Indies tour as well.
Alzarri Joseph:The West Indies speedster made his debut in T20I cricket against India where he took five wickets in four innings, including two for 29 in the last match.
Trent Boult:The star left-arm pacer is likely to enjoy Sabina Park’s pitch which favors seamers in early overs. He has taken 62 wickets in just 44 T20I matches at an average of 21.69 and an economy rate of 8.12 so far.
Nicholas Pooran:West Indies skipper failed to score any big knock after receiving good starts against India. He should be picked ahead of Kiwi wicketkeeper Tom Latham, who last played a T20I match in September last year.