After clean sweeping both Ireland and Scotland, New Zealand travels to the Netherlands for a two-match T20I series beginning on Thursday, August 4th. Kiwis will be eyeing on to clean sweep this series and end this Europe tour on a high note.
Netherlands recently qualified for the T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia later this year, and this series would be the best opportunity for them to test themselves. If we compare both the teams, the Netherlands have yet to play in a bilateral series this year, and their possibilities against the black caps look grim.
NED vs NZ, 1st T20I : Pitch Report
The number of games played at Sportpark Westvliet’s ground is not much, so we don’t have big sample size but it’s not typically a high-scoring surface. So, Both the captains would look to bowl first as the chasing side wins 60% matches on this ground.
Toss does not have a major role to play here, keeping in mind the quality of the 2 sides. Richie Berrington’s ton against Bangladesh in 2012 is still the highest individual score on this venue, whereas Timm van der Gugten 3/18 against Bangladesh is the best bowling performance on this ground.
Probable Playing XI
Scott Edwards and co. has a good opportunity in this series to test themselves against one of the top 5 T20I teams before the World Cup starts. As, kiwis are on a 9 match winning streak, it would be a hard nut to crack for the dutch side.
Predicted Playing XI:
Stephan Myburgh, Max ODowd, Bas de Leede, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Vivian Kingma, Ryan Klein and Shariz Ahmad
The Kiwis would not be thinking much about the playing XI as they are coming after defeating Ireland and Scotland mercilessly. They will be playing with the same team that they did in the previous T20I against Scotland
Predicted Playing XI:
Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson and Jacob Duffy.
Venue: Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague
Date: Thursday, 4th August 2022
Time: 8:30 PM IST
Streaming Platform: Fan Code
No doubt New Zealand will start as favourites, but Netherland also has the potential and has some players in the squad on whom you should keep an eye.