New Zealand v West Indies betting tips, prediction & odds; 2nd Test Preview
After a complete and utter drubbing in the first Test, New Zealand will seek a clean sweep when they host the West Indies for the second and final red ball encounter in Wellington on Friday.
New Zealand will open the match as $1.25 favourites with Unibet.com.au, while the Windies are rated $8.40 in their effort to pull off a miracle, with the draw at $6.70.
Headlined by a majestic 251 from captain Kane Williamson, New Zealand were simply a class above the tourists last week.
Windies skipper Jason Holder was made to regret bowling first after winning the toss and letting the Black Caps compile 7-519.
After squandering an opportunity to make inroads on a green pitch, the Windies’ batting was a rabble thereafter, capitulating for 138 in the first innings before they eventually lost by an innings and 134 runs.
The only upside for the losers was a second-innings 155-run seventh-wicket partnership from middle-order batsmen Jermaine Blackwood and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph.
The pair saved a little dignity and pushed the game into a fourth day where Blackwood compiled his second Test century and Joseph put together a career-high 86.
Tim Southee took 4-35 from 19 impeccable overs in the first innings, while Neil Wagner returned to haunt the batting side in the second innings with 4-66 from 14.
The question entering the second Test is whether punters should expect another annihilation. New Zealand swept aside any concerns surrounding their lack of Test cricket over the past 10 months and look like a sure thing to repeat the dose in this match.
But cricket is never that simple. If the Windies have proven anything over the past decade, it’s that they’re the most unpredictable team in cricket and often save their best for when you least expect it.
Some interesting personnel news could fall their way, too.
Despite losing keeper Shane Dowrich (hand injury) and veteran fast bowler Kemar Roach (personal), the tourists will be buoyed by the news that their biggest obstacle to success, Kane Williamson, is a chance to miss the match on personal leave as he awaits the birth of his first child.
Williamson made almost half of his side’s first-innings total last week and his potential absence could open the door for the Windies to put some pressure on a Black Caps batting line-up which didn’t look as assured against a swinging ball.
Read on for our free New Zealand v West Indies betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for the second Test being played at Wellington from Friday.
NZ v WI odds & fixture details – 2nd Test
|Start:||11am NZDT, December 11|
|Venue:||Basin Reserve, Wellington|
|Head-to-head odds:||New Zealand ($1.25) v West Indies ($8.40)|
Top batsman NZ odds:
Kane Williamson $2.88
Tom Latham $4.20
Ross Taylor $6
Will Young $6.50
Tom Blundell $6.50
Top wicket-taker NZ odds:
Trent Boult $3.10
Tim Southee $3.60
Neil Wagner $4.20
Kyle Jamieson $4.33
Ajaz Patel $6
Top batsman WI odds:
Kraigg Brathwaite $4.50
Darren Bravo $4.50
Shimron Hetymer $5
John Campbell $5.50
Roston Chase $6.50
Top wicket-taker WI odds:
Shannon Gabriel $3.60
Jason Holder $4.50
Alzarri Joseph $5
Keemo Paul $5
Chemar Holder $5.50
For more odds check out Williamhill.com.
New Zealand v West Indies tips
Here are our top New Zealand v West Indies tips for the second of two Test series.
John Campbell high score in WI 1st innings
This goes against conventional wisdom – and some would say logic – but Campbell represents interesting value at around $5.50, given he will quite literally be batting to save his Test career in this match. Since his 2019 debut, Campbell has produced just one half century and averages 24.11 and will almost certainly be dropped if he can’t produce an innings of quality in this match. Campbell does have the ability to score quickly and given the form of his teammates, a score of 40-plus could be enough to win this bet. In a game that’s all about timing, it may be worth getting on Campbell when he needs these runs most. Most cricket betting sites have him priced at around the $5.50 mark.
Jason Holder most wickets for WI $4.50
While the Kiwi bowlers are the ones in devastating form, it’s too difficult to separate the group, so we’re reaching towards the other end of the aisle and going with the West Indies captain. Holder would be disappointed with his wicket-less match in the first Test, but did bowl well and without luck, notching 12 maidens from his 31 overs, conceding just 60 runs at a run rate of 1.93. We think any kind of Windies revival will start with the team’s leader and we’re expecting the game’s No.1 all-rounder to pick up his fair share at Wellington.
New Zealand v West Indies winner prediction
Whether Kane Williamson misses this game or not, New Zealand will field a settled side and look like a solid multi-filler at $1.25. The weather at Wellington looks like it will allow for five days of action and this is a ground New Zealand perform well at _ the Black Caps beat India here last summer by 10 wickets.. Our final NZ v WI prediction? New Zealand to win but a closer contest than the first Test.
NZ v West Indies details
Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks (wk), Roston Chase, Jason Holder (c), Chemar Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph.
December 11, 11am local time.
West Indies: Flow Sports; New Zealand: Sky Sports
Thursday, December 3-7, 2020: New Zealand v West Indies, Seddon Park. NZ won by and innings and 134 runs.
December 11-15, 11am local time: New Zealand v West Indies, Basin Reserve
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