New Zealand vs West Indies 1st T20 Preview | New Zealand tour of West Indies 2012 | Digicel Series 2012
In this tour, New Zealand will take on the wounded West Indies in a tough T20 competition at Lauderhill, Florida on 30th of June 2012. Last time New Zealand suffered a bashing at home against the South Africa. Their opponents West Indies too suffered some big defeats against the Englishmen with both the teams having low confidence, it will be fascinating to see that which team comes out trumps in this game.
New Zealand with Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill, two best Kiwi batsmen and openers were at their best against South Africa in the three-match T20 series. Particularly Guptill had a more better performance and will be looking to recreate the same. Ross Taylor will play a big role in the batting and Kane Williamson will support him while Jacob Oram and second choice keeper Bradley Watling will be tail of the batting. Nathan McCullum can bat too but this batting order is nowhere close to the one sitting in the rival camp. Tim Southee and Kyle Mills will have burden on their shoulders and they will lead the bowling attack. They will have the enormous burden of leading the pace attack. They will be supported by Doug Bracewell as well as the veteran Jacob Oram’s overs will prove handy. Off spinner Nathan McCullum too will be economical and he will support the greenhorn lefty Roonie Hira.
West Indies batting consists some of the giants of cricket but still has been searching for victories. Only the openers can do the job for the team: Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith produce a destructive opening while Lendl Simmons can stabilize the innings in case of an early wicket. Marlon Samuels although failed to response in the ODIs and T20 against England yet he will look to improve himself. Bravo and Pollard can flourish the batting and can be good finishers. Ramdin and Sammy are no novices with the bat and they can produce a sizeable contribution as well. Bowling and fielding have been main woes for West Indies and they need to concentrate more and more. Ravi Rampaul has been able to bowl some fantastic deliveries yet he has failed to get support. Sunil Narine has failed to show reply of his performance in IPL and his selection is causing some headaches in the West Indian selectors think-tank. Badree is likely to replace Fidel Edwards and will look to be economical. The likes of Bravo, Pollard, Smith and Sammy lack penetration and their military medium pace is just too easy for the opposition.
West Indies: C Gayle, D Smith, L Simmons, M Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, K Pollard, D Ramdin (wk), D Sammy (c), R Rampaul, F Edwards/S Badree, S Narine
New Zealand: R Nicol, M Guptill, R Taylor (c), K Williamson, J Oram, B Watling (wk), N McCullum, R Hira, K Mills, D Bracewell, T Southee
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