West Indies vs New Zealand Prediction

WI vs NZ Match Prediction & Betting Tips, T20 World Cup 2024

West Indies and New Zealand meet in Match 26 of the 2024 T20 World Cup in Group C at the Brian Lara Stadium. After wins over Papua New Guinea and Uganda, West Indies are looking for their third victory of the tournament. New Zealand are playing in their second game in the competition after losing by 84 runs to Afghanistan. Read on as we preview this clash. The game gets underway in Tarouba, Trinidad on Thursday 12th June at 20:30 local time 

West Indies have won by five wickets and by 134 runs in their opening two games but everyone expects this match with New Zealand to be a much tougher test. However, if West Indies play to their potential then they should have enough to make it three victories from three.

New Zealand were embarrassed by their performance against Afghanistan which saw them lose by 84 runs and record their largest losing margin in a T20 World Cup. Particularly with the bat, they underperformed in that game and we can expect a much stronger showing in this clash.

West Indies vs New Zealand Match Live Streaming

TV channels: You can watch this match live on Star Sports, PTV, Ten Sports, Willow TV, ESPN Caribbean, Sky Cricket, Sky Sport NZ and SuperSport.

Live Streaming: The fixture will be live-streamed on Disney+ Hotstar, Myco, Tamasha, ESPN Play Caribbean, SkyGO, NOW TV, Prime Video and SuperSport.

WI vs NZ Match Toss Prediction

This will be the fifth T20I at the Brian Lara Stadium and although the last match here was won by the team chasing, the previous three were all won by the side batting first. We predict that both skippers will want to bat first if they win the toss.

WI vs NZ Pitch Report

There is always some turn for the spinners at the Brian Lara Stadium and we expect this game to be no different. Equally there will be some good pace in the wicket and movement for the quicks. Any score above 165-170 in the first innings will be tough to chase down.

Trinidad Weather Report

According to the forecast, it will be extremely humid throughout this match with the levels at 72% to begin with and up to 83% by the end. The temperature will be in the mid-twenties from start to finish.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for West Indies vs New Zealand, T20 World Cup 2024

West Indies Team News & Playing 11

WI Team News

After using just 11 players for their first two games and coming through with victories, no changes are expected from West Indies at the toss ahead of this match. The bowling attack should be particularly fresh after taking only 12 overs to dismiss Uganda in Match 18.

WI Key Players

  • Nicholas Pooran – although the 28 year old left-hander has been dismissed in the twenties in both matches so far in this campaign, he has batted fluently and is a real match-winner.
  • Rovman Powell – The powerful captain has got his team playing to their strengths and batting in a carefree manner. We expect him to bat in the same way in this game.
  • Akeal Hosein – The spinner only bowled three overs in the opening match but bowled his full allocation of four overs against Uganda on his way to taking 5/11 and picking up the Player of the Match award.
  • Andre Russell – The experienced all rounder has not been dismissed in either of his innings in the tournament and has returned figures of 1/4 and 2/19.

WI Team Form

The wins over PNG and Uganda mean that West Indies come into this clash looking for their seventh victory in a row.

West Indies Predicted Playing 11

Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Andre Russell, Romario Shepherd, Roston Chase, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie

New Zealand Team News & Playing 11

NZ Team News

Captain Kane Williamson was in reflective mood after the defeat against Afghanistan but he was keen to say that “we know we are better than that” and it would be a surprise if the Black Caps were to make any changes from the side ahead of this fixture.

NZ Key Players

  • Daryl Mitchell – The 33 year old right-hander averages over 50 in ODIs and Tests and has hit over 4500 runs across his T20 career. If he can find form in this game it will give New Zealand a huge chance of victory.
  • Kane Williamson – The skipper has made only one score above 26 from his last seven innings across all formats but he has hit 18 half-centuries across his T20I career.
  • Trent Boult – The left-arm pace bowler took his 75th and 76th T20I wickets in the last game and he will be a threat particularly with the new ball.
  • Mitchell Santner – The spin bowling all-rounder went wicketless against Afghanistan but was economical. He should enjoy the turn available on this pitch.

NZ Team Form

New Zealand come into this match looking to avoid their third successive T20I defeat.

New Zealand Predicted Playing 11

Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

West Indies vs New Zealand Head to Head

This will be the 20th T20I between the sides and although West Indies won by eight wickets with six balls remaining in the last head to head in August 2022, it is New Zealand who lead overall 10-4.

WI vs NZ Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played WI Won NZ Won Tie NR
Overall 19 4 10 3 2
Last 5 5 1 3 0 1

West Indies vs New Zealand Betting Odds

Ahead of this game, it is West Indies who the bookies expect to win. They are priced at 1.60 with New Zealand at  2.25 to get their first victory of the tournament.

Who will win West Indies vs New Zealand Match?

New Zealand have been one of the top sides over the last decade across all formats of international cricket but there have been signs that their side is slightly on the decline. West Indies have impressed in T20 cricket over the last 18 months and we have them as the top team ahead of this fixture.

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