ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021: New Zealand or Scotland – Who will win this game?

The Kiwis will be high on confidence after they thrashed India by 8 wickets in a comprehensive fashion.

Abhinav Goel Author

Updated - 5 November 2021 2:32 pm

Match Details

Date: November 03, 2021

Time: 3:30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Preview

Scotland face New Zealand in a crucial contest on Wednesday afternoon at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Kane Williamson and his men made a strong comeback against India after losing their 1st match to Pakistan. Meanwhile, Scotland have suffered back-to-back defeats and will be looking to give a better account of themselves in this match.

Head to head:

Pitch Report:

Toss has played a crucial role in Dubai during the World Cup so far, with sides batting second getting a clear advantage with dew on the field. With a total of 130-140 not proving to be competitive enough, the side batting first might look to go beyond 160-run mark to give themselves a chance. Scoring runs has not been so easy in the middle overs. Pacers and spinners are expected to get some assistance from this pitch.

Team Analysis:

Scotland: Scotland have not been able to demonstrate the quality that their squad possesses in the Super 12 Group stage so far as they have already lost to Afghanistan and Namibia. It is the manner of the defeat that must be hurting the Scotland fans as they know that their team is better than what they have shown so far here. They were outplayed by Afghanistan in all departments in their first match while they also failed to impress against Namibia.

New Zealand: The Kiwis will be high on confidence after they thrashed India by 8 wickets in a comprehensive fashion. New Zealand bowlers did a brilliant job as they restricted India to a bel0w-par total, which they then reached with 33 balls to spare. The whole team clicked as a unit and they will be eager to continue their winning run here. They will also have their eye on the net-run rate and will look to boost it with a big win against the Scots.

Squads

Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Chris Greaves, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Bradley Wheal

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne

Match Prediction:

Conclusion: 

Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan are the front-runners to progress to semis from this Group 2. While Pakistan are comfortably sitting at the top of the table, the fight for the second spot in the group is expected to be a close battle between New Zealand and Afghanistan. As a result, each match will be of great significance for the Kiwis. Coming to this match, New Zealand are the favourites to emerge victorious considering the form and talent of two teams.

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