New Zealand looking to wrap up West Indies series with T20 victory

Brendon McCullum New Zealand

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New Zealand have the chance to win their three-game Twenty20 series with West Indies when the two sides meet on Sunday.

The Black Caps are considered to be underdogs in a game that would see them go 2-0 up in the series, priced at 2.06 to earn a victory while the hosts West Indies are priced as narrow favourites, at 1.80.

New Zealand earned victory in the first T20 international thanks to the Duckworth/Lewis Method, ultimately winning the tie by 12 runs.

The New Zealanders handled West Indies’ spin bowlers effectively when scoring victory in the first game of the series, but the West Indies also have Krishmar Santokie, whose lack of pace can come in handy when the track offers grip.

The likes of Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith will need to be at their best with the bat this time around in order to bring the series level at 1-1.

Smith is odds-on to earn the most runs in his batting match-up – priced at just 1.77 to score more runs than Simmons, while fellow West Indies batsmen Darren Bravo is priced at 1.85 to score more runs than his counterpart at the crease, Andre Fletcher (1.97).

Brendon McCullum played a key role in New Zealand’s win, scoring 40 runs in the contest from just 35 balls and bowlers Samuel Badree and Santokie will need to do better if they are to expand on the combined total of just one wicket that they took in the previous encounter.

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