“Historically a good chasing ground,” says Tim Southee as his reason. “Very exciting to play again after a long layoff and obviously the crowd is in, so that’s good. Two debutants today, Devon Conway and Kyle Jamieson. Important series, we know West Indies are a dangerous side”
“Hopefully we can bat first and bat well. It is what it is. People don’t want to hear that [us coming out of quarantine just yesterday] We just want to go out there and execute,” says Kieron Pollard. “Last time we played was in February. We did well in Sri Lanka. Now it’s about gelling well and finding that form. Kyle Mayers comes in for the first time Feels strange [playing in front of a crowd again]. Everyone has done a fantastic job to get us to play in front of people again”
NZ vs WI Highlights today – 1st T20I (N), West Indies tour of New Zealand from Eden Park, Auckland Friday, 11-27-2020.
NZ won the toss and chose to bowl first.
New Zealand team: 1 Martin Gutill, 2 Tim Seifert (wk), 3 Glenn Phillips, 4 Devon Conway, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 James Neesham, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Tim Southee (capt), 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Hamish Bennett.
West Indies team: 1 Andre Fletcher, 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Rovman Powell, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Fabian Allen, 8 Keemo Paul, 9 Sheldon Cottrell, 10 Oshane Thomas, 11 Kesrick Williams.
Match Timings: 06:00 GMT | 19:00 Local
Umpires – Chris Brown, Wayne Knights
TV Umpires – Shaun Haig
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – John Dempsey
Match number – T20I no. 1108