A new-look England side registered a comfortable and comprehensive-wicket win against New Zealand in the 1st T20I of the 5-match series at Christchurch. England have thus begun their New Zealand tour on a fantastic note and will leave the home side searching for answers before the 2nd match.
The 2nd match of the series is to be played at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on the 3rd of November. England have now won 2 of the last 3 T20I played between these two sides and will be the more confident team. In the batting department, opener Jonny Bairstow, James Vince and captain Eoin Morgan were the stars for them in the last game. Morgan would hope his batting unit continues the good work.
England’s bowling was absolutely clinical with Chris Jordan (2-28) and Tom Curran (0-25) being the standout stars. With leg-spinner Adil Rashid doing good and seamer Sam Curran in good rhythm, England might cause problems to New Zealand in the 2nd T20I too.
New Zealand’s batting was a huge disappointment in the 1st game as they could only manage 153 in the 20 overs. Ross Taylor’s 44 and Daryl Mitchell’s 17-ball 30 was the only saving grace. The likes of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Colin de Grandhomme would need to step up in the 2nd match. Perhaps Ross Taylor needs to be sent in at No.3 to control the innings instead of No.5.
New Zealand’s bowling too lacked zing in the 1st T20I and captain Tim Southee would really need to lead from the front. Lockie Ferguson’s performance could be vital as he can take really hurry the batsmen on this pitch. Spinner Mitchell Santner’s 3-23 was the shining light for the Kiwis. However, Ish Sodhi was expensive and can’t afford to repeat the mistakes again.
Cricket Match Betting Tips: New Zealand vs England, 2nd T20I
There have been 10 T20Is played at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington so far and New Zealand has featured in all of them. This has been a happy-hunting ground for the Kiwis as they have won 7 of those 10 games.
The venue has generally been good for batting with the highest total achieved here being 219-6 by New Zealand against India. It will be interesting to see how the surface behaves in the 2nd T20I between England and New Zealand.
It should be a hard pitch with the ball coming on nicely to the bat. However, the seamers will enjoy bowling in the first six overs. The spinners too should extract bounce which might pose questions to the batsmen.
England looked good in the first match and will have an edge in the 2nd T20I. However, one expects New Zealand to correct their mistakes and come back strongly in this game. The venue should suit them perfectly and the home advantage will also be a factor that will go in New Zealand’s favor.
This is a tough game to call as both sides can win. However, considering all the factors mentioned above, New Zealand should emerge winners of this contest.