New Zealand vs England – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs England taking place? Sunday, November 3rd (1am UK / 2pm NZ)

Where is New Zealand vs England taking place? Westpac Stadium, Wellington

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs England? 21c with sunshine and occasional cloudy spells

What channel is New Zealand vs England on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs England? This match can be streamed live on the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs England? Tickets details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
England beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand were comfortably beaten in the opening T20 match in Christchurch on Friday by seven wickets as their total of 153/5 when batting first was some 20-30 runs short on what was an excellent pitch for batting.
  • The issues with their opening partnership reared its ugly head once again with Guptill and Munro struggling for runs and some good bowling by England put them under pressure quickly and forced mistakes so the duo remain under pressure coming into this second T20 and will be a target for the tourists’ bowlers once again.
  • The Blackcaps are unlikely to overreact from the opening defeat but they may contemplate one or two changes with Scott Kuggeleijn and Ish Sodhi’s places potentially under pressure along with Martin Guptill as Jimmy Neesham and Blair Tickner wait in the wings to come into the side.

ENGLAND

  • England produced an outstanding display in the opening T20 to win by seven wickets and they had some of their more experienced members of the squad to thank, James Vince was the standout performer with his half century in a man of the match display.
  • The bowling unit did a tremendous job in restricting the hosts to a below-par total of 153/5 as the Curran brothers, Jordan, Rashid and Brown bowled tidily and laid the foundations for their batsmen to comfortably knock off the required runs.
  • The likelihood is that they will make various rotations throughout this series while retaining an experienced core so there is a good chance that Pat Brown could rotate out here for Saqib Mahmood and one of Banton or Parkinson could also potentially come in.

THE PREDICTION

The absence of Kane Williamson severely dents the firepower of the hosts with the bat and, with their opening partnership of Guptill and Munro continuing to struggle, it piles the pressure on their middle order. Likewise without Trent Boult, their bowling unit is heavily reliant on Santner and Ferguson but otherwise looks weak. England on the other hand have a strong core group of players who looked in good form in the opener and with plenty to spare. It will take some major improvements by New Zealand to prevent England winning this second T20 international.

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