Hosts West Indies will take on New Zealand in the first T20I of the 3-match series on Thursday, August 11 at the Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
West Indies suffered a 1-4 series defeat against India recently, while New Zealand will enter the tournament on the back of a successful European tour where they beat Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands in all their white-ball matches. For New Zealand, their regular captain Kane Williamson has returned to lead the team, and the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee are also part of the squad. West Indies will field the same squad which competed against India in the recently-concluded series. New Zealand are unbeaten in their last five T20I matches against West Indies. Overall, the two sides have played 16 T20I matches against each other. New Zealand have won eight of them, while West Indies have managed three wins. As we gear up for the first T20I, I have brought to you the best three betting tips from the WI vs NZ 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.
Kyle Mayers, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson are my top three player betting tips for the WI vs NZ 1st T20I. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
Consistency is an issue with Kyle Mayers but it's also a fact that the southpaw looks good even during his short stays at the crease. Mayers looked in terrific touch in the first T20I against India as he raced to 15 off just 6 balls before losing his wicket to Arshdeep Singh while trying to hit another boundary off him. A high and handsome score was expected of him and that came during the third T20I when he scored 73 runs off 50 balls. He also scored 75 off 68 and 39 off 23 in the first two ODIs matches against the Men in Blue. In the preceding T20I series against Bangladesh, he did not get an opportunity to bat in the rain marred first match, but in the following two matches he scored 17 and 55 runs respectively. Earlier, he also hit a cracking hundred in the second Test against the Bangla Tigers. The aforementioned facts are making it clear that Mayers is in some form but he needs to capitalise on that and find some consistency. Overall, Mayers has played 14 T20I matches and scored 324 runs at an average of 27 and strike rate of 139.65. He has played two matches against New Zealand. In fact he made his T20I debut against the Kiwis and scored 20 runs before scoring unbeaten 5 runs in the second outing against the opposition. With the T20 World Cup round the corner, he would look to be among runs in lead to the tournament. He is most likely to score high in the first T20I against New Zealand. If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match and keep an eye on Kyle Mater from the WI vs NZ 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.
T20I cricket's second-highest run-scorer Martin Guptill has been in great form in the last few months. He scored 45 runs off 36 balls in the first T20I against Netherlands on August 4. In the only ODI against the same opposition on July 31, he scored 47 runs off 53 balls. Earlier, the senior batter was stunning in the third ODI against Ireland on July 15. His 126-ball 115 fired New Zealand to 360 for the loss of six wickets in 50 overs. He also hit a fifty in the first ODI and a hundred in the final ODI against Netherlands in April. The star batter has scores of 2, 45, 40, 25, 11, 24, 51, 31, 70, 28 in his last ten T20I outings. In the seven ODI matches he has played in 2022, Guptill has scored 327 runs at an average of 46.71. In the six T20I matches he has played, he is averaging 24.50. Strangely, Guptill has scored only 185 runs at an average of 18.50 in eleven matches against West Indies. In the West Indies he averages 15 from four matches in T20Is. Overall, he has played 118 T20I matches and scored 3446 runs at an average of 32.20 and strike rate of 135.99. He has two hundreds and 20 fifties to his name in the format. On Wednesday, Guptill will aim for a stellar start to the series. He would be motivated to set his record straight against the West Indies. Also, with not much time left for the T20 World Cup 2022 in October, Guptill would aim to bring his A-game and get into the groove for the mega event. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and keep an eye on Martin Guptill from the WI vs NZ 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson last played a T20I match on November 14, 2021. The match was the final of the T20 World Cup 2021 against Australia in which Williamson scored 85 runs off 48 balls, however, his team lost the match by eight wickets. The last five T20I innings from Williamson have seen him score 85, 5, 40*, 28 and 0 runs. The 32-year-old featured in the IPL 2022 where he played 13 matches and scored 216 runs at an average of 19.63. His last two outings are Test matches against England in June. He scored 2 and 15 at Lord's and 31 and 48 at Leeds. The right-hand batter has played a total of six T20I matches against West Indies and scored 108 runs at 21.60. In the West Indies he has played two matches and scored 56 runs at an average of 28. Overall, he has played 74 T20I matches and scored 2021 runs at an average of 32.59. He has 14 fifties to his name in the format. New Zealand batters might find it difficult to adapt to the slow pitches of West Indies. Obed McCoy, Akeal Hosein and Alzarri Joseph could very well cause a lot of problems for Williamson who hasn't spent a lot of game time recently. He is out of touch and has lacked form recently and getting back among runs will not be easy for one of the modern day greats of the game. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and keep an eye on Kane Williamson from the WI vs NZ 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.
Kyle Mayers to score over 21.5 runs @ 1.8 (1XBET)
Martin Guptill to score over 25.5 runs @ 1.8 (1XBET)
Kane Williamson to score under 21.5 runs @ 1.832 (1XBET)