Two of the most exciting T20 cricket teams battle on Wednesday as the West Indies and New Zealand play in the Caribbean.
The Kiwis have had the dominance over the Windies in recent history, but given their batting lineup, the Windies are always a winning threat.
There won’t be much between them in cricket betting lines and there might not be much separating them on the pitch.
West Indies Needing Confidence Boost
The West Indies have always been a good T20 cricket team, but after three consecutive heavy defeats at the hands of India, it needs a confidence boost.
Losing by seven wickets, 59 runs and 88 runs isn’t good enough for a team with its talent. It scored just 100 runs in a recent defeat to India on home soil, which isn’t good form as a long series with New Zealand approaches.
Shimron Hetmyer scored 56 runs and the rest of the squad scored 36 runs. It was a pathetic effort from the rest of the team, including Jason Holder, who was bowled out for a duck.
We expect the sportsbook to take its recent poor efforts into account, and despite playing at home, the West Indies could be underdogs to win.
Kiwis on a Roll
The New Zealand Black Caps haven’t had to face tough opposition lately, but they have been getting the job done easily.
Coming off series wins over Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands, the Kiwis welcome some stronger opposition to test their elite bowling and batting attack.
Coach Gary Stead is looking forward to leading his group into enemy territory.
“It’s always exciting to be heading somewhere you’ve not been in a while and I know this group can’t wait for the challenge of taking on the West Indies in the Caribbean,” Stead told the New Zealand Herald.
“For Kane, Trent, Tim and Devon, this will be the first time they have played white ball cricket for New Zealand since last year’s T20 World Cup and tour to India – so this trip will be important for them.”
Cricket odds have New Zealand favored to win and it will be tough to beat, especially given its recent success against the West Indies.
West Indies vs New Zealand Head-to-Head
New Zealand has won four consecutive T20 matches against West Indies, including the latest by a whopping 72 runs. However, they haven’t played since 2020 and those wins came in New Zealand.
West Indies won the most recent game in the Caribbean, but that was in 2014, so there hasn’t been a matchup for over eight years in this situation.
West Indies vs New Zealand Game Information
- Game: West Indies vs New Zealand
- Location: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
- Day/Time: Wednesday Aug. 10, 2:30 p.m. ET
- West Indies vs New Zealand Live Stream: ICC-CRICKET
West Indies vs New Zealand Betting Lines
West Indies vs New Zealand Prediction
It’s never easy to predict what the West Indies will bring but we’re going with New Zealand to win.
Its cricket odds should be favorable for bettors, and despite playing on the road, there has been excellent consistency with the Black Caps.
We can’t say the same for the Windies, who struggled mightily against India and we don’t see that form turning around anytime soon.