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Scotland vs New Zealand, SCT vs NZ, Today Match Prediction

Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Toss Winner - Scotland won the toss and chose to bowl first

New Zealand beat Scotland by 68 runs

Scotland’s search for a historic win against New Zealand

  • Scotland has never defeated New Zealand in the past and this would be playing on their minds
  • Scotland plays this format after eight months and the side has lost the last five T20 it has played
  • New Zealand comes here with a 3-0 series win against Ireland and this would add to the side’s confidence

New Zealand to win

Tournament: New Zealand tour of Scotland, 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh, Scotland | Toss: To Bowl

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Scotland would take on New Zealand at home in Edinburgh in the first game of the two-match T20 series. The hosts are playing this format for the first time in eight months under a new skipper and the side would be looking to do well. New Zealand comes here after a fantastic tour of Ireland where they whitewashed the hosts in both T20s and ODIs and shall carry that confidence.     

Scotland shall be playing this format after eight months and the players are expected to be rusty. They have never defeated New Zealand in the past and this is likely to put pressure on the team. New Zealand has looked in good form in recent matches and they would look to carry this momentum forward.  

Scotland Preview

Richie Berrington takes over from Kyle Coetzer as the skipper for the side and he will look to make a good start to his career as skipper. The new skipper has a big challenge on his hands as New Zealand would be a tough side to beat based on their current form. They haven’t defeated the Kiwis in the past and Berrington would look to get over this poor record.  

The side would look for a good start from Coetzer and Matthew Cross as the Kiwi new ball bowlers would come hard at them. Richie Berrington must lead from the front and add runs in the middle order with Calum MacLeod and George Munsey. Michael Leask has grown in confidence as a finisher, and he would look to add quick runs with Alasdair Evans in this game.   

Chris Sole and MacLeod shall have to make good use of the new ball and prevent the New Zealanders from scoring quickly during the powerplay. Adrian Neill and Hamza Tahir have good experience in these conditions and the side would have big expectations from them in this game. Safayaan Sharif, Leask, and Evans would need to do well in the supporting act for the side to win.  

Scotland Predicted Playing XI:

Richie Berrington (c), Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Alasdair Evans, Safayaan Sharif, Michael Leask, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Adrian Neill

Scotland Actual Playing XI:

Hamza Tahir, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Chris Greaves, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Mark Watt, Chris Sole, Safyaan Sharif, George Munsey, Ollie Hairs

New Zealand Preview

Mitchell Santner would be confident coming into this series. His players displayed great form against Ireland in the last series winning it 3-0. The batting line-up has looked in good form and the bowlers have also performed to their potential. Santner shall look to continue with this form and set the tone for the rest of the series with a big win in this game.  

The opening pair of Martin Guptill and Finn Allen did well in Ireland and the side would like to see a good start from them here. In the middle order Dane Cleaver, Glenn Phillips, and Darryl Mitchell add punch to their batting line-up as they are good stroke makers. The side would also expect runs from the bats of James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, and Santner who can hit the ball hard.  

They have a strong bowling attack, and the new ball pair of Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner would look to make good use of the conditions. Early wickets from them would put the side in a commanding position. Ish Sodhi and Santner are smart bowlers, and they shall look to make good use of their variations. Neesham and Mitchell add to the side’s bowling depth making it strong.   

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Mitchell Santner (c), Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Lockie Ferguson

New Zealand Actual Playing XI:

Mitchell Santner, Dane Cleaver, Daryl Mitchell, Ben Sears, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Finn Allen, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
11
0 mm.
1.98 k/h
From: WSW
40%
03h
9
0 mm.
2.16 k/h
From: WSW
0%
06h
10
0 mm.
1.66 k/h
From: WSW
18%
09h
13
0 mm.
0.45 k/h
From: NW
63%
12h
16
0 mm.
2.04 k/h
From: NE
96%
15h
15
0 mm.
3.16 k/h
From: ENE
97%
18h
15
0.10 mm.
3.37 k/h
From: ENE
98%
21h
13
0.11 mm.
2.35 k/h
From: ESE
100%

Weather Conditions

It will be overcast skies over Edinburg on July 27 and the conditions are expected to be challenging for the batsmen. We would see the ball move on an otherwise flat surface. Batsmen would have to get their eyes in to do well. The side batting first would be eying a total in the range of 170 runs to feel safe here.

Venue Details

Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh is a small ground, and it has a flat surface where we have seen batsmen do well in the past. However, batsmen need to be watchful in the early overs as the fast bowlers tend to generate bounce and pace on the surface. The small size of the ground makes it a difficult surface for the spinners.

Toss: To Bowl

The early conditions at this venue favor the bowlers and the wicket gets better to bat on as the game progresses. We have seen most teams win games chasing scores at this venue. The side winning the toss in this game shall have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.

Scotland would face a tough challenge. They come here with a series of losses and haven’t played in this format of the game for the last eight months. Their batsmen would be tested and need to deliver to their best potential in this game. New Zealand comes here in good form and the side has its key players in good form. This would make them favorites to win this contest.

New Zealand to win

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