Match Preview

New Zealand will face Scotland in Match 32 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 3 November at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Kiwis, captained by Kane Williamson, began their campaign in Sharjah with a five-wicket loss against Pakistan. They bounced back with an eight-wicket victory over India on Sunday. Another victory will increase their chances of making the semi-finals. Scotland, on the other hand, is in Group 2 at the bottom of the table and needs a win to climb up the standings.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 31 – 32° C


Total matches                                 51

Matches won batting first              23

Matches won bowling first            28

Average 1st Inns scores               140

Average 2nd Inns scores              128

Highest total recorded                   225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                    87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                    166/4 (19 Ov) by NAM vs NED

Lowest score defended                 129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top Wicket-Keeper pick

1) Devon Conway – Conway is an attacking left-handed batsman who relishes batting at the top of the order in limited-overs cricket. He is also a capable wicket-keeper. In the upcoming match, he has a lot of potential to play great innings.

Matches – 108

Runs – 3584

Average – 44.24

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Calum MacLeod – Macleod began his cricket career as a dazzling fast bowler, but in order to stay in the game, he had to reinvent himself as a batsman. MacLeod scored 175, the second-highest score by an associate player in List A cricket, in one of the World Cup Qualifier games in 2014.

Matches – 131

Runs – 3063

Average – 27.59

2) KS Williamson – Apart from being adept against quick bowling, his remarkable skills included the rare Non-Asian ability to play quality spin. With his superb strokeplay mixing perfectly with his footwork and gritty disposition, Williamson’s batting is a purist’s delight. His leadership abilities that jump out are his tactical street smarts.

Matches – 214

Runs – 5487

Average – 31.90                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3) George Munsey – Munsey is a natural opener for white-ball cricket. He is a dynamic stroke maker who loves to dominate bowling from the start. When in form, the left-handed batter possesses a high-risk approach and can be devastating in the powerplay, especially in the game’s shortest format.

Matches – 62

Runs – 1472

Average – 26.28

4) Martin Guptill – Guptill, an enigmatic stroke maker by design, has been a stalwart of New Zealand’s batting in white-ball cricket for many years. The rhythm of Guptill’s strokeplay is a fundamental characteristic of his hitting. He is a difficult batsman to stop when he is in form, because of his uncanny ability to deal with both pace and spin.

Matches – 279

Runs – 7863

Average – 31.83

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Adam Milne – He has lasted at the greatest level by always adapting his style to the changing pitch and conditions. He is a must-pick for the upcoming encounter because he is working hard to regain his form.

Matches – 127

Wickets – 147

Economy – 7.65

2) Trent Boult – In the death overs, the left-arm quick medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and shift pace and lengths makes him a devastating bowler.

Matches – 137

Wickets – 158

Economy – 8.24

3) TG Southee – He’s honed a wide range of delivery styles and is not only a great new-ball bowler, but he’s also an old-ball bowler, thanks to pace variations and reverse swing. Apart from being a deft bowler, Southee has also demonstrated his ability to strike the long ball several times.

Matches – 206

Wickets – 229

Economy – 8.28

4) Mark Watt – Watt is a cautious left-arm spinner who loves to bowl from a flatter trajectory, making him more of a defensive option than a true wicket-taker. He enjoys firing them in and squeezing the batters for space and length, causing mishits.

Matches – 55

Wickets – 63

Economy – 7.28

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Richie Berrington – Berrington has remained steady, allowing him to realise his full potential. In 2014, he put in a strong showing in the World Cup Qualifiers, scoring his first ODI century in the process.

Matches – 93

Runs – 2156

Average – 31.24

Wickets – 35

Economy – 7.62

2) James Neesham – In recent years, the left-handed batsman has proven to be a valuable player for New Zealand, putting in vital performances when needed. Lately, Neesham has demonstrated some consistency with his batting.

Matches – 168

Runs – 2238

Average – 23.07

Wickets -149

Economy – 9.05

Predicted Playing 11

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), James Neesham, Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Bench: Kyle Jamieson, Todd Astle, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert


George Munsey, Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington (c), Craig Wallace, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal

Bench: Alasdair Evans, Kyle Coetzer, Dylan Budge, Hamza Tahir


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