After test and ODI series, New Zealand set to host a three-match T20I series against West Indies which starts on Friday. The home side New Zealand has shown a complete dominance in both test and ODI formats but they would face some tough challenge from the current T20I World Champions West Indies. Two top teams in the ICC T20I rankings meets up in the absolute blaster. The 1st T20I between New Zealand vs West Indies scheduled to start at 3 PM Local | 7:30 AM IST on Friday, 29th December 2017.



The home team has named 13-man squad for the first match and the seam bowler Tim Southee will lead the team on the absence of Kane Williamson. The regular skipper Williamson rested for this match and he will be available for next 2 games. The number one choice opener in the country Martin Guptill makes his return to international cricket as he recovered from an injury. He had a good warm-up in the Super Smash tournament where he play for Auckland Aces. He will open the innings along with his Aces opening partner Glenn Phillips. The 21-years old wicket-keeper batsman played a good hand for Auckland Aces in a recent Super Smash matches. He is known for explosive batting at top order and joins hands with Guptill will give a solid start for the Kiwis. The batsman from Central Stags, Tom Bruce is one of the regular member of New Zealand T20 squads in 2017. He has scored 136 runs at strike-rate of 132 in 7 T20I innings this year. The most experienced batsman Ross Taylor is available only for the first match on Friday. Taylor has an enough of experience in all three formats and especially in T20, he has scored over 5200 runs. He will play a big role in this game and he deserves a place in every fantasy teams. The Otago Volts batsman Anaru Kitchen had a maiden call-up to the national squad and he is available for all three matches. Kitchen has almost 1500 runs in 89 T20 matches and now he is set to make a debut in international arena. Colin Munro also in the squad who had an impressive outings in the ODIs. He has a tremendous records in T20 Internationals and he could probably make some more records in this game.

The bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner who made a comeback from an injury in a recent ODI match, will play a key role in T20Is too. As a shortage of batsmen in the squad, Santner has a role to play not only with a bowl, also with a bat. After a good bowling show in the T20I series against India, Ish Sodhi retains his spot in the squad. The leg-spinner has done a good job for Northern Knights in first 4 round of Super Smash matches. He picked a tally of 6 wickets in 4 matches but not only that, he also scored a blistering half-century against Firebirds. The strong pace attack of New Zealand contains players like skipper Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Seth Rance. The experienced Tim Southee will lead the bowling attack. He has a plenty of experiences in the format and those will come into play on Friday. After a good show in a recent ODI series, both Lockie Ferguson and Doug Bracewell sealed a spot in T20I squad as well. Both are key players and has an amount of domestic T20 experiences. Seth Rance is awaiting to make his T20 international debut, hopefully the 30-years old seamer will make a debut in the series.



Till now, nothing has gone on West Indies way on this tour. But the Caribbean team shifts focus on their favorite format of the game T20Is. There were some quite interesting changes in West Indies T20 squad. Ronsford Beaton who was reported suspect action during the ODIs, traveled back to home with a side strain. Kieron Pollard was named in the original squad, but he pulled back from the squad due to personal reasons. After a good performances in the BPL last month, Andre Fletcher found a place in the squad. The veteran all-rounder Rayad Emrit set to make his debut in T20 Internationals. The T20 specialist leg-spinner Samuel Badree added to the squad and he has a company of Ashley Nurse in the spin department. The explosive Chris Gayle will open the innings on Friday but who will accompany him? that’s the big question here. It’s tough predict the top-order with specialist openers Andre Fletcher and Chadwick Walton. Both of them has a chance to get a game, if Fletcher opens the innings then Walton will bat at no. 3. The promising wicket keeper batsman Shai Hope will continue to bat at no. 4. He has proved a lot of points in longer format and also in 50-overs cricket. But he yet to prove his talents on T20I arena. The experienced Jason Mohammed will keep the place safely at no. 5 in the order. He had an average outings in the ODIs, but his T20 experiences are matters and it will come into play in this series.

The batting all-rounder Rovman Powell is expected to bat at no. 6. He has scored a fighting half-century in the first ODI, he may get back his form with some hard-hitting in the end overs of the innings. The captain Carlos Brathwaite’s form has been tremendous in the recent T20 tournament BPL. He has done a great job with both bat and bowl. He may try to come up in the order based on the situation of the innings. As mentioned above, Samuel Badree and Ashley Nurse are the two specialist spinners in the side. Badree has an amount of T20 experiences and his leg-spin may trouble the opponents while Ashley Nurse plays an important role in West Indies’s limited overs cricket in 2017. This combo may have a good time in Nelson. Jerome Taylor and Kesrick Williams are two specialist pacers in the 15-man squad. Jerome Taylor had a some decent outings in BPL last month. He may surprises all with 2 or more wickets in this game. Kesrick Williams who struggled for form in recent times, did a good job in the first ODI. But he missed out for next 2 games due to an injury. Now he is available and will get a place in the XI. After an impressive performances in the ODIs, Sheldon Cottrell may retained with the squad for T20 series. If that happens, he will get a chance in the XI as third specialist seamer.




  • Martin Guptill
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Colin Munro
  • Ross Taylor
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Ish Sodhi
  • Tim Southee
  • Lockie Ferguson



  • Chris Gayle
  • Andre Fletcher
  • Shai Hope
  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Rovman Powell
  • Samuel Badree
  • Ashley Nurse
  • Kesrick Williams




1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Glenn Phillips, 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Tom Bruce, 6. Mitchell Santner, 7. Doug Bracewell, 8. Lockie Ferguson, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Matt Henry / Seth Rance.


1. Chris Gayle, 2. Andre Fletcher, 3. Chadwick Walton, 4. Shai Hope, 5. Jason Mohammed, 6. Rovman Powell / Rayad Emrit, 7. Carlos Brathwaite, 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Kesrick Williams, 10. Samuel Badree, 11. Jerome Taylor / Sheldon Cottrell.




Anand Thiyagarajan

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