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NED vs NZ, 1st T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Netherlands vs New Zealand, (NED vs NZ, 1st T20I)

Date: August 4, 2022 – 8:30 PM IST

Venue: Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague

Where and what time to watch the match live in New Zealand

For those in India, you can catch all the live action of the series between Netherlands and New Zealand on the online streaming platform FanCode.

Netherlands vs New Zealand, 1st T20I:

New Zealand have reached their final destination on the tour of Europe, all set to play two T20Is against the Netherlands. The first of the two games will take place at Sportpark Westvliet in The Hague on Thursday, August 4.

Netherlands recently played in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier, where they won all three games against Papua New Guinea, Hongkong and Uganda in Group B. They then defeated the USA in the semi-final by seven wickets. Netherlands went down in the final against Zimbabwe by 37 runs but secured a place in the first round of the T20 WC with a top two finish.

New Zealand have played two T20I bilaterals in the last three weeks. They swept Ireland by 3-0 in Belfast and then went on to smash Scotland in both the games. The Black Caps posted 225/5 in the first game against Scotland and won by 68 runs. They upped their game in the second T20I, hammering 254/5 and winning by 102 runs.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for NED vs NZ, 1st T20I

The Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague is a venue with some help for batters and bowlers alike. Only five T20 internationals have been hosted here, with an average first innings score reading 147. Expect a good total here if New Zealand bat first.

There’s a good chance of thunderstorms in daytime on Thursday but the weather is likely to get clear by evening. There’s only a 5% chance of precipitation in the evening, with the temperature around 18°C.

Netherlands – Expected XI and Team News

The Netherlands batting unit comprises Stephan Myburgh, Max ODowd, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards and Tom Cooper. Bas de Leede is their MVP with his all-round skill set. The bowling attack has Vivian Kingma, Shariz Ahmad, Logan van Beek and Tom Pringle.

Probable XI – Stephan Myburgh, Max ODowd, Bas de Leede, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Vivian Kingma, Aryan Dutt, Shariz Ahmad

New Zealand – Expected XI and Team News

New Zealand have tried to give chances to as many players as possible and they’re likely to continue that. The likes of Dane Cleaver, Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy, Ben Sears should get more opportunities. Finn Allen and Michael Bracewell look certain starters and are top picks.

Probable XI – Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner (c), Michael Bracewell, Ben Sears, Jacob Duffy, Ish Sodhi

Head to head record of NED vs NZ

Netherlands and New Zealand have met only twice in T20Is. New Zealand claimed one back in 2014 while the other game was abandoned without a ball being bowled in March this year.

1st T20I: Five players to watch out for in the NED vs NZ match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

Finn Allen: Batter, New Zealand

One of the most talked about talents from New Zealand, Finn Allen has been superb in the shorter format. He has played only 11 T20Is, scoring 313 runs at an average of 28 and strike rate of 177, including a hundred and a fifty. Allen has over 1800 runs in T20 cricket at 30 average and 175 strike rate. He smashed 101 off 56 in the first T20I against Scotland last week. Allen is a good C/VC option, priced at 9 credits. 

Michael Bracewell: All-rounder, New Zealand

Michael Bracewell is living the best days of his life, performing consistently with bat and ball. The all-rounder smashed 61* off 25 balls in the last T20I he played against Scotland and also picked a wicket. Earlier, he had snared 3 for 5 in one of the T20Is against Ireland. Bracewell is coming off a 3/43 spell in the one-off ODI against Scotland. He can be a good C/VC option at 8.5 credits.

Bas de Leede: All-rounder, Netherlands

The 22yr old Bas de Leede is a valuable asset for the Netherlands. The all-rounder has scored 398 runs in T20 cricket from 21 matches at an average of 28 with two fifties. He has taken 13 scalps with his medium pace. He has been in magnificent form, scoring 170 runs in the last five games, including 91* while also picking nine wickets. Bas de Leede is priced at 9 credits. 

Ish Sodhi: Bowler, New Zealand

New Zealand’s primary attacking spinner, Ish Sodhi has done pretty well in international T20s. The leg-spinner has 94 wickets from 71 matches at a strike rate of 15.6 with three four-wicket hauls. He has been in good form, having picked 11 wickets from five T20Is on this tour. Sodhi is a must pick and will cost you 9 credits.

Max O’Dowd: Batter, Netherlands

Max O’Dowd has a pretty good record for the Netherlands in the shorter format. The opening batter has scored 1339 runs from 48 matches at an average of over 30 and strike rate of 125. He has smashed one century and nine half centuries in the format. O’Dowd has scored 178 runs in his last five innings and will cost you 9 credits.

MPL Fantasy XI

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Virat Kohli of India leaves the field after being dismissed during the third Vitality IT20 between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 10, 2022 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.


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