England vs New Zealand Prediction: 1st T20I Betting Tips & Odds

Looking for England vs New Zealand Prediction? New Zealand and England are set to compete in a four-match T20I series starting from August 30th. The two teams will lock horns in the first T20 international at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday. The bookmakers have England as favourites with the odds of 9/20 (1.45) while New Zealand have bigger odds of 3/2 (2.50).

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

  • England vs New Zealand, 1st T20I
  • August 30, 2023 – 5 PM GMT
  • Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

Riverside Ground generally produces good pitches for batting. The average batting first innings score at the venue reads 160 from 69 T20 matches. However, the trend in the recent Hundred saw good movement for seamers with the new ball.

Chester-le-street could witness a shower or two in the day but the weather is likely to be better in the evening. There’s around a 10% chance of precipitation.

England vs New Zealand Prediction

The head to head record between these two teams in the shorter format is tilted towards England, having won 14 out of 23 matches. While there’s not much to separate the two bowling units, the hosts England have a better batting line-up on paper.

Our Prediction: England to win this match at 9/20 (1.45).

Top Run-scorer

Jos Buttler recently hammered 391 runs in the Hundred at an average of 43 while striking at 145. Bet on him to be the top batter for England at 5/2 (3.50). Devon Conway has an average 43 in his overall T20 career with over 5500 runs to his credit. Back him to be New Zealand’s top batter at 2/1 (3.00).

Our Prediction: Jos Buttler to be England’s top run-scorer at 5/2 (3.50).

Top Wicket-taker

Tim Southee claimed 5/25 in a T20I against the UAE and 3/23 in the last game in the Hundred. Bet on Southee to be New Zealand’s best bowler at 3/1 (4.00). Gus Atkinson picked 10 wickets from six games in the Hundred at a strike rate of 11.40. Back him to be the top bowler for England at 13/4 (4.25).

Our Prediction: Tim Southee to be New Zealand’s top wicket-taker at 3/1 (4.00).

Man of the Match

Jos Buttler has been in incredible form with the bat and you can expect him to come good here. He scored 391 runs in the Hundred with three fifties, including 82 off 46 in the eliminator. You can bet on him to be the player of the match at 13/2 (7.50).

Our Prediction: Jos Buttler to be the Man of the Match at 13/2 (7.50) odds.

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England vs New Zealand Preview

The T20I series offers fringe players an opportunity to make their case for the ODI World Cup selection. Here’s a look at two sides ahead of the first T20I on Wednesday.


England have only played one T20 series since their World Cup triumph last year. They toured Bangladesh but suffered an embarrassing series defeat by 3-0. The players are coming from the Hundred season and will look to continue the form.

England could be looking at this series as a way to give opportunities to young players. That means the likes of Will Jacks, Harry Brook, Gus Atkinson and Rehan Ahmed are likely to feature.

Squad: Jos Buttler (c/wk), Will Jacks/Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Luke Wood, Gus Atkinson, Rehan Ahmed

New Zealand

New Zealand toured the UAE recently, where they clinched the series by 2-1. They won the first match by 19 runs before losing the second by seven wickets. They won the final game by 32 runs to secure the series.

The Black Caps won’t have Jimmy Neesham available for this series and that weakens them. They have several pace bowling options and who partners Tim Southee remains uncertain.

Squad: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Tim Seifert, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee (c), Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi

How to Watch England vs New Zealand T20Is in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List

For the fans living in the UK, you can watch the England vs New Zealand series live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event. Sky Sports customers can also live stream the match on the Sky Go app.

  • Sky Sports, Sky Sports Main Event (TV)
  • Sky Go application (Streaming)



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