Former Scotland captain and star batter Kyle Coetzer retired last week and is replaced by Michael Jones.
SCO vs NZ Team Previews:
Scotland (SCO) will be hosting New Zealand (NZ) in the 1st T20I match at Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Scotland beat Nepal and Namibia in their latest two World Cup qualifier matches. But Scotland are going through a tough period after a report of alleged racism charges emerged on Monday.
New Zealand will now turn their attention to Scotland after beating Ireland in the three-match T20I and ODI series. New Zealand have won both the matches played against Scotland in the past.
SCO vs NZ Match Details:
Scotland vs New Zealand, 1st T20I
Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
Date & Time: 27th July at 07:00 PM IST and 02:30 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: FanCode
SCO vs NZ, 1st T20I, Pitch Report:
The pitch at Grange Cricket Club is well balanced for both batters and bowlers in t20 gams. The average first innings score here is around 160 runs and teams batting first have won four out of five matches.
Blair Tickner will miss the series due to an injury.
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SCO vs NZ, 1st T20I, Probable Playing XIs:
Michael Jones, Christopher McBride, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington (c), George Munsey, Matthew Cross (wk), Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Gavin Main, Hamza Tahir.
Martin Guptil, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy.
Top Picks for SCO vs NZ Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
The 25-year-old batter smashed 69 and 23 runs in his last two T20I matches against Ireland after scoring consistently in the ODI series.
The star Scottish batter was Durham’s leading run-scorer in T20 Blast and is set to make his international debut in this match.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
The star all-rounder took three wickets while conceding just five runs in the last match against Ireland and has scored 84 runs in his last three matches.
The in-form all-rounder failed to continue his red-hot form in Test cricket in the recently won T20I series against Ireland but will be a key batter in the middle order for this match.
Top Picks – Bowlers
The experienced Kiwi spinner was excellent against Ireland as he took six wickets in three T20I matches and took two more in the only ODI match he played.
The left-arm spinner took seven wickets in his last two international matches for Scotland and has taken 10 wickets in his last five World Cup qualifiers matches.
Top Pick – Wicketkeeper
The 30-year-old wicketkeeper batter ended his poor run of form by smashing 78 runs off just 55 balls against Ireland in the last match.
SCO vs NZ Must Picks Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SCO vs NZ Dream11 Team for Fantasy Cricket:
Dane Cleaver, Matthew Cross, Glenn Phillips, Richie Berrington, Daryl Mitchell (c), Finn Allen, Michael Jones (vc), Safyaan Sharif, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Hamza Tahir.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for SCO vs NZ Dream11 Team for Fantasy Cricket:
Dane Cleaver, Martin Guptill (vc), Glenn Phillips (c), Richie Berrington, Michael Jones, Safyaan Sharif, Michael Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt
SCO vs NZ Risky Captaincy Choices:
The rising wicketkeeper batter smashed a big fifty in the last T20I match against New Zealand but is not consistent enough to captain your fantasy team.
The experienced all-rounder has taken just one wicket and has scored only 23 runs in his last five international matches.
Players you should avoid:
The experienced all-rounder took only two wickets in the three-match T20I series against Ireland.
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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.