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Pitch Report for Netherlands vs New Zealand, 1st T20I
This will be the first T20I at the Sportpark Westvliet after August 2019, when the Netherlands took on the UAE. In the two-match series, the average first and second innings scores read 151 and 145 respectively. Four batters ended up registering half-centuries and overall 26 wickets fell.
Time: August 4, 8.30 PM IST
Probable Netherlands & New Zealand Playing XIs
Probable XI for Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Tom Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Vivian Kingma
Probable XI for New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell/Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner/Jacob Duffy
Glenn Phillips finished the Ireland T20Is as the Player of the Series. He ended up scoring 148 runs, including 2 half-centuries and a 23. In the one-off T20I against Scotland last week, he got 23 off 16 balls.
Scott Edwards displayed brilliant form in the ODI series against England by adding 214 runs at 107, including 3 consecutive half-centuries. He also inflicted 8 dismissals with the gloves in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier and averaged 23 with the bat.
Fantasy players can expect Bas de Leede to contribute with both bat and ball. Besides taking 9 wickets, he has also collected 170 runs, including the highest score of 91* in his last five T20Is.
It will be a challenge for the Netherlands batters to negotiate the quality pace bowling of Lockie Ferguson. He picked 11 wickets, including the best figures of 4 for 14 in the white-ball tour of Ireland.
If the Netherlands are to compete in the series, they will need Max O’Dowd to lay a solid foundation at the top. His recent scores in T20Is read 12, 16, 73, 45, and 32.
The Netherlands will bank on Logan van Beek for regular breakthroughs with the ball. He bagged 11 wickets in 5 games, including the best figures of 4 for 27 in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier.
Ish Sodhi has been the surprise package in fantasy leagues lately. Besides being economical, he has also struck in every game since the first T20I against Ireland. He has taken 11 wickets in his last 5 outings.
Finn Allen announced his arrival into international cricket with a smashing 101 off 56 balls in the opening T20I against Scotland at Edinburgh. Later on the tour, he followed it up by scoring a half-century in the only ODI.
James Neesham and Michael Bracewell have been regularly keeping the fantasy players happy with their dual ability. While Neesham has added 111 runs and picked 4 wickets in his last 5 T20Is, Bracewell has scored 82 runs and taken 3 wickets in his 5-T20I career.
Martin Guptill will continue to remain a huge threat for the Netherlands, especially in the powerplay. He has got starts in every game for a while now. His recent scores in the format read 40, 25, 11, 24, 51, 31, and 70.
Netherlands vs New Zealand Match Preview
New Zealand are coming into this series after whitewashing Scotland in both ODI and T20Is. On the other hand, the Netherlands were clinically swept apart at home by a superior English side in the T20I series. The Kiwis have unearthed a couple of T20 specialists over the past few months and it is tough to see them struggling against an inexperienced Dutch side.