New Zealand Vs England 2019/20: First T20I – Match Preview
It will be their first meeting in international cricket, since the unforgettable thrilling final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. At present, England are the second-ranked T20I side while New Zealand are the sixth-ranked T20I side.
New Zealand haven’t good records against England in T20I. While they have met 16 times in T20I, New Zealand have won five times and England have won 10 times.
At home, New Zealand have won only two T20Is against England out of seven games. Meanwhile, England have won the other five away T20Is against New Zealand.
The hosts New Zealand desperate to improve their T20I records against England
In last September, New Zealand won the away T20I series against the hosts Sri Lanka. They won that three-match T20I series by 2-1. The Kiwi players will try to maintain that form in this home T20I series.
While they had the disappointing results in the home T20Is in last year, they have won three out of four home T20Is this year.
The Kiwi side will play this series without the skipper Kane Williamson. Williamson is missing out this five-match home T20I series due to the hip injury.
Pacer Tim Southee will lead the Kiwi side in this T20I series. Under his leadership, New Zealand have won five matches out of six T20Is.
New Zealand openers are looking to provide good starts as they are not consistent in this year.
England want to continue their winning streak in T20Is
England have won all their four T20Is in this year as they have won all their last five T20Is from October 2018. Last time, they have lost an away T20I in February 2018 in New Zealand.
The second-ranked team are desperate to continue their present T20I form in this series.
While the T20 World Cup 2020 is less than one year away to begin, England have experimented with their T20I squad in this series. Many of the English players haven’t significant experiences in T20I cricket. However, all of them are enough talented for this format.
i) New Zealand cricketer Martin Guptill (314 runs) is one run away to become the leading T20I runs scorer for New Zealand against England. At present, Guptill is in the joint top position along with the former New Zealand cricketer Brandon McCullum (314 T20I runs against England).
ii) New Zealand right-arm pacer Tim Southee has picked up eight T20I wickets against England. With one more wicket, Southee will become the leading T20I wicket-taker for New Zealand against England. At present, he is the joint leading wicket-taker in this list along with Mitchell McClenaghan (eight T20I wickets against England).
i) England captain Eoin Morgan has scored 232 T20I runs against New Zealand. Only Luke Wright (273 runs) and Alex Hales (262 runs) have scored more T20I runs among the England batsmen against New Zealand. Morgan can become the leader in this list by adding 42 more runs.
ii) English right-arm pacer Chris Jordan (47 wickets) is three wickets away to complete his 50 T20I wickets. After Stuart Broad (65 T20I wickets) and Graeme Swann (51 T20I wickets), Jordan will become the third English bowler to claim 50 T20I wickets.
Where to watch:
Indians can watch this game live on Star Sports Network on Friday (1st November) from 06:30 AM IST. Meanwhile, SKY Sport will broadcast this live in New Zealand on Friday (1st November) from 02:00 PM (14:00 local time). On the other hand, Sky Sports will broadcast this in the UK on the same day from 12:30 AM (00:30).