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SCO vs NZ 2nd T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Scotland vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I (SCO vs NZ)

Date: July 29, Friday, 7.00 PM IST

Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh

New Zealand are in Scotland to play two T20 internationals and a solitary ODI, the first of which was played on July 27 and won by the visitors. The two teams will now take on each other in the second T20I at the Grange Cricket Club on July 29.

In the opening T20I, New Zealand collected 225 runs in 20 overs for the loss of five wickets. Opening batsmen Martin Guptill and Finn Allen shared a stand of 85 runs for the first wicket. While Guptill was dismissed on 40, Allen went on to score a fine century. Down the order, James Neesham scored 30 runs off just nine balls at a strike rate of more than 330.

Chasing 226 runs to win, Scotland managed only 157 runs for the loss of eight wickets. After a good start in which openers George Munsey and Calum MacLeod stitched a partnership of 62 runs, Scotland lost quick wickets. With four wickets, Ish Sodhi was the most destructive bowler, while skipper Mitchell Santner also picked up two.

Scotland’s last win in the T20I format was by 8 wickets against Oman in October last year, and they have lost all the three T20Is played against New Zealand in the game’s history.

Ahead of the second T20I between Scotland and New Zealand in Edinburgh, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for SCO vs NZ, 2nd T20I

The wicket at Grange Cricket Club, going by how the first T20I panned out, is a good one for batting but the bowlers will also have their say. A total of 12 T20 internationals have been played at this venue, of which eight were won batting first. The average first innings score is 161, while the average second innings total is 140. The highest and lowest total recorded at the venue is 210 for 5 and 82 for 10. The skipper winning the toss might opt to bat first.

The weather in Edinburgh will be cloudy with some chance of rain. The temperature during the game will be between 19 and 23 degree Celsius.

Scotland team news and predicted XI

Team news: Scotland’s openers put up a good performance in the first T20I but without much support from the rest of the batsmen, they eventually lost the game by a big margin. But they are unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI despite the loss.

Squad: Richie Berrington (C), Mark Watt, Craig Wallace (wk), Hamza Tahir, Chris Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Adrian Neill, George Munsey, Christopher McBride, Gavin Main, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Michael Jones, Ollie Hairs, Chris Greaves, Alasdair Evans, Matthew Cross (wk).

Predicted XI: George Munsey, Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington (c), Calum MacLeod, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Gavin Main.

New Zealand team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand put up a dominating performance with both the bat and ball in the first game and will be looking for a clean sweep in the next game.

Squad: Mitchell Santner (C), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Michael Rippon.

Predicted XI:  Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy.

Head to head record

New Zealand and Scotland have faced each other in 3 matches in T20 international history. New Zealand have won all the three games.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SCO vs NZ, 2nd T20I

Ish Sodhi – bowler, New Zealand

Ish Sodhi was New Zealand’s best bowler in the first T20I, in which he picked up four in his four wickets while bowling at an economy rate of 7.  Sodhi was also impressive in the recent series against Ireland, where he picked up nine wickets in three games. In all, he has 93 wickets in 70 T20 internationals at a strike rate of 15.5.

Glenn Phillips – batsman, New Zealand

Glenn Phillips scored 23 runs off 16 balls in the first game. He wasn’t able to convert his start and will be looking to make amends for it in the next game. Phillips has delivered quite a few impressive performances in international cricket recently – he won the man of the series award in the series against Ireland for scoring knocks of 69, 23 and 56*. In all, Phillips has played 39 T20Is, from which he has more than 800 runs at an average of over 30 and strike rate of over 130.

Martin Guptill – batsman, New Zealand

After a string of low scores in the three T20Is against Ireland, Martin Guptill found his form in the opening T20I against Scotland. The opening batsman scored a knock of 40 runs and will be taking confidence from it ahead of the next game. With 116 T20Is at an average of 32.37 and strike rate of almost 137, Guptill is one of the most experienced players in the current New Zealand team.

Richie Berrington – batsman, Scotland

Richie Berrington was dismissed for just two runs in the first T20I, but he is still a good pick for your MPL fantasy team. Berrington brings with him the experience of 75 T20Is, from which he has 1696 runs at an average of almost 32 and strike rate of 128.13.

Calum MacLeod – batsman, Scotland

Calum MacLeod top scored for Scotland in the first game with a knock of 33. Most recently in the ODIs against Ireland, the opener had put up fine performances, including three half centuries. In all, MacLeod has an average and strike rate of 24.28 and 111.00 in 61 T20Is.

MPL fantasy XI – SCO vs NZ, 2nd T20I

SCO vs NZ – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Scotland vs New Zealand T20I series will not be televised live in India. But you can watch the game on the Fancode app. The match will begin at 7.00 PM IST on July 29.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

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. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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