New Zealand bid to conclude the series with the clean sweep by winning the 3rd T20 against the West Indies at Mount Maunganui on Monday. The hosts have won the first two matches and looked very likely to take a 3-0 clean sweep ahead of the Test series.
New Zealand Form
New Zealand lead the three-match T20 series against the West Indies 2-0 after the first two matches. The first match was a rather tight encounter as the hosts won by five wickets, but they destroyed the visitors in the 2nd T20.
The Black Caps batted first in the 2nd T20 and Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert got them off to a decent start. Unfortunately they were dismissed in quick succession which left Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips with a rebuilding job.
The two started slowly but then picked up the pace in dramatic fashion as Phillips smashed 108 runs off 51 balls – a truly memorable innings. Conway did his part with 65 runs off 37 balls as New Zealand went on to post a huge total of 238 runs.
The Windies were never in the chase with Kyle Jamieson bowling superbly, taking 2-15 in four overs. At the end of the 20 overs the West Indies were on 166-9 as they suffered a 72 runs defeat.
New Zealand Team News
With the series wrapped up New Zealand may look to give Scott Kuggeleijn, Doug Bracewell and Daryl Mitchell a run in the side. There are no injury concerns so they have a full squad to pick from.
West Indies Form
The West Indies may feel they were unfortunate to lose the 1st T20 but they are hammered in the 2nd T20. Their bowlers once again failed to pitch up as New Zealand smacked them to all corners of the ground.
The visitors bowling effort was very ill disciplined as they produced four no balls and five wides, and once again dropped a couple of catches. New Zealand went on to post 238 runs, a total that would require a near miracle to chase down.
The West Indies never threatened as they were dismissed for 166 runs, losing by 72. Kieron Pollard top scored with 28 runs while there were contributions from Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul.
West Indies Team News
The West Indies must be wondering where to turn. Their top players are miss-firing big time but whether they will make the big calls remains to be seen. We could see Hayden Walsh and Romario Shepherd get a run with the bowlers performing so poorly.
New Zealand vs West Indies Head to Head
New Zealand have won five of their last six completed T20 matches against the West Indies. Their last match was won by New Zealand at Mount Maunganui by 72 runs. That was the second match of this series.
New Zealand vs West Indies Odds
New Zealand are favourites at $1.66 with West Indies offering odds of $2.20.
Martin Guptill can be backed at $3.60 in the best batsman market for New Zealand. Shimron Hetmyer is the favourite to be the Windies best batsman at $4.50.
New Zealand vs West Indies Match Up
The West Indies bowlers have had a shocker in the first two T20’s so turning that around will be their key focus. The hosts have batsmen all over the team that can smash it to all corners and even if New Zealand make a few changes, they should have far too much quality.
New Zealand vs West Indies Stats
- New Zealand have won 5 of their last 6 T20 matches against the West Indies.
- New Zealand lead the T20 series 2-0 against the West Indies.
- New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips scored 108 runs in the last T20 match.
- New Zealand’s Devon Conway scored 65 runs in the last T20 match.