New Zealand v West Indies Preview: 2nd Test Predictions & Tips
New Zealand will be looking to seal a series win over West Indies in the second and final Test after completely dominating in Hamilton. BettingPro.com's cricket experts have put together their top predictions and tips for the 2nd Test.
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New Zealand v West Indies 2nd Test Predictions & Tips: New Zealand 1st Innings Top Runs Scorer
Ahead of the first Test I backed Kane Williamson to top score for New Zealand in their first innings. It proved to be a good decision as the hosts only needed to bat once and Williamson led the way with 251 runs as New Zealand declared on 519-7. The New Zealand skipper his 34 fours and two sixes as he faced 412 balls and ensured he punished all the bad deliveries. It was such a masterful performance, and a joy to watch, so I am backing the 30-year-old to once again prove difficult to remove and score the most runs.
New Zealand v West Indies 2nd Test Predictions & Tips: West Indies 1st Innings Top Runs Scorer
West Indies do not have a lot of time to fix all their batting problems after being humiliated in the first Test against New Zealand. After seeing the hosts post over 500 runs, the tourists would have fancied themselves to cash in on a batting friendly pitch. That wasn’t the case as they were bowled out for 138 and forced to follow on. Their second innings was a bit better, but not by much, as they were skittled out for 247 as they lost by an innings and 134 runs. The less said about the first innings the better, but after following on Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph tried their best with 104 and 86 respectively, but they were always facing an uphill battle to make the hosts bat for a second time. West Indies will be looking to handle New Zealand’s pace attack better than they did in the first Test, so I am backing Kraigg Brathwaite to settle himself in and post the most runs for the tourists.
New Zealand v West Indies 2nd Test Predictions & Tips: New Zealand 1st Innings Top Wicket Taker
Taking 20 wickets in a Test match is not always that simple, but New Zealand did that with consummate ease. Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers in the first innings as he claimed figures of 4-35, while Neil Wagner took four wickets of his own in the second innings. They cannot afford to ease off the gas in the second Test, as West Indies will be looking to take the game to their frontline attack in an attempt to erase those embarrassing memories of the opening game. Trent Boult is still a world class bowler, but he would have been disappointed to only take two wickets in the whole Test. I am backing him to find his rhythm once again and take the most wickets.
To be a strong Test captain you need to be willing to put in all the hard graft. Kane Williamson did exactly just that in their win in the first Test against West Indies. The 30-year-old smashed 34 fours and two sixes as he posted 251 runs as New Zealand won by an innings and 134 runs. He will be looking to once again lead from the front and score the most runs.