Time: 25 Mar, 11.40AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
We might see a shortened game as rough weather is a forecast for the entire day.
Probable XI for New Zealand: Tom Latham (C), Martin Guptill, Will Young, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner/Doug Bracewell
Probable XI for Netherlands: Stephan Myburg, Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (wk), Pieter Seelar (c), Boris Gorlee, Vikramjit Singh/Shariz Ahmad, Logan van Beek, Fred Klassen, Philippe Boissevain, Ryan Klien
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Scott Edwards is coming from a brilliant ODI series against Afghanistan, during which he scored 208 runs in 3 games at 69.33. He will also keep wickets for Netherlands.
Martin Guptill can either disappoint with low scores or go berserk. He could make the inexperienced Netherlands bowlers pay. The opener’s last four innings in T20I reads 28, 70, 31, and 51.
The tourists will rely on spearhead Fred Klassen for regular breakthroughs. He finished the ODI series against Afghanistan with 6 wickets. Any swing on offer will be exploited by him.
Ish Sodhi will lead the spin attack for New Zealand in Mitchell Santner’s absence. It will be interesting to see how the tourists deal with his variations.
Netherlands will need Max O’Dowd to contribute with the bat at the top. His last four scores read 20, 51, 70, and 2.
The experienced Pieter Seelar is capable of adding valuable fantasy points with both bat and ball.
Both sides have met only once in T2OI. New Zealand beat the Netherlands comfortably by 6 wickets in the 2014 T20 World Cup.