Match: Scotland vs New Zealand, (SCO vs NZ, Only ODI)
Date: July 31, 2022 – 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Grange Cricket Club Ground, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
Where and what time to watch the match live in India
For those in India, you can catch all the live action of the only ODI between Scotland and New Zealand on the online streaming platform FanCode.
Scotland vs New Zealand, Only ODI:
New Zealand have reached the penultimate stop of their month-long tour of Europe – the only ODI against Scotland. The Kiwis smashed the hosts by 101 runs in the second T20I after posting a mammoth 254/5. Having lost the T20I series by 2-0, Scotland will host the Black Caps in the fifty-over contest at Grange Cricket Club Ground in Edinburgh on Sunday, July 31.
Scotland just recently played four ODIs as a part of the ICC CWC League 2, where they occupy the second spot with 34 points from 24 matches. Scotland have a chance of an automatic berth in the WC qualifiers if they remain in the top two. They defeated Namibia in both the games and managed a 1-1 scoreline against Nepal. Scotland claimed a comprehensive victory over Nepal by eight wickets in their last ODI on July 17.
New Zealand are placed fifth in the CWC Super League for direct qualification into the World Cup. They have played nine games in the cycle and have won all of them. The Black Caps’ most recent assignment was a three-match series against Ireland, which they won by 3-0 albeit not with ease. They managed to hold on to a victory in the last game by just 1 run while defending 360.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SCO vs NZ, Only ODI
The Grange Cricket Club Ground in Edinburgh is a pretty good venue for batting. The average first innings score from 19 ODIs played here reads 250. Scotland have the highest total recorded to their credit, having smashed 375/5 against England.
The weather in Edinburgh is likely to be partly cloudy on Sunday with a brief shower or two. There’s over a 55% chance of precipitation during the match hours, with the temperature around 18°C.
Scotland – Expected XI and Team News
Scotland have named an 18-member squad for this game but they’re unlikely to tinker much from the XI they played in the last series. In the last game, they had brought in Christopher McBride for Michael Leask but could revert back to the old combination. Calum McLeod, George Munsey and Gavin Main remain top picks.
Probable XI – Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington (c), George Munsey, Chris Greaves, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Gavin Main, Hamza Tahir
New Zealand – Expected XI and Team News
New Zealand will be without several of their key players in this fixture. The likes of Dane Cleaver, Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham should come into the playing XI. Martin Guptill and Finn Allen have been in good form at the top. The bowling attack includes Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi and Blair Tickner.
Probable XI – Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi
Head to head record of SCO vs NZ
Scotland and New Zealand have faced each other in only three ODIs, with New Zealand claiming all three.
Only ODI: Five players to watch out for in the SCO vs NZ match
Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:
Martin Guptill: Batter, New Zealand
Martin Guptill has been a constant at the top of the order for New Zealand. The destructive right hand batter has amassed 7207 runs from 192 ODI matches at an average of 42 and strike rate of 88. Guptill has recorded 18 hundreds and 38 fifties in the format. He was terrific in his last ODI, scoring 115 against Ireland. Guptill is a top C/VC option at 9.5 credits.
Lockie Ferguson: Bowler, New Zealand
One of the fastest bowlers in world cricket, Lockie Ferguson has outstanding numbers in the fifty-over format. He has claimed 71 wickets from just 39 ODIs at a strike rate of 29.2, including one five-for and two four-wicket hauls. Ferguson has been in good form, having picked 4/14 in one of the T20Is against Ireland recently. He’s a good C/VC pick and will cost you 9 credits.
Calum MacLeod: Batter, Scotland
Calum MacLeod is one of the key performers for Scotland over the years. The 33yr old has amassed 2616 runs in ODI cricket from 83 matches at an average of 35. He has scored eight hundreds and 11 fifties in the format. MacLeod has been in great touch, having smashed three fifties in his last four ODIs. MacLeod is priced at 9.5 credits.
Michael Bracewell: All-rounder, New Zealand
Michael Bracewell has been in great touch and is coming off a 61-run knock in just 25 balls in the second T20I against Scotland. The 31yr old was outstanding in the recent ODI series against Ireland, scoring 190 runs in three without getting dismissed, including a century while also picking two wickets with the ball. Bracewell will cost you 9 credits.
George Munsey: Batter, Scotland
George Munsey has done a very good job with the bat for Scotland. The 29yr old left hand batter has 1239 runs to his name from 43 ODIs at an average of 36. He has registered nine fifties in the format with the highest of 79*. Munsey bats in the middle order in ODIs and recently scored 71* against Namibia. He will cost you 8.5 credits.
MPL Fantasy XI
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.