Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - New Zealand, Scotland look to 'park it and move on'. New Zealand beat India to edge ahead in the race for the second spot in Group 2.
New Zealand beat India to edge ahead in the race for the second spot in Group 2.
“Park it and move on.”
That was pretty much the theme of Tim Southee's press conference, coming less than two days after that famous win by New Zealand over India. Southee was careful not to focus too much on the match gone by and instead chose to look at what's in front: a hectic itinerary of three afternoon games inside five days. It will all start against Scotland in Dubai.
And so will New Zealand, in a way. They will be donning a retro teal kit that features an unmistakable silver fern in front. The strip is a major throwback to 2000 when New Zealand won the ICC Knockout Trophy in Nairobi. Keeping that in mind, the teal-coloured kit may not be the greatest choice to move on from a win over India but it's a wardrobe refresh nonetheless. Sometimes that's all you need.
Kyle Coetzer doesn't have an alternative kit to go to. But if the qualifying games are anything to go by, there's surely some magic in the purples Scotland have rocked so far in the tournament. They will hope it returns to them soon, for their two defeats so far in Super 12s have come against the less fancied teams in the group. It means that with nothing in the bank, they now face an uphill task against New Zealand, India and Pakistan in a span of five days.
Can Scotland's batting unit finally find some confidence in Dubai? It will be their first T20 WC game in the city and a new venue could just be the blank slate the team needs. Especially when it comes to their struggling top-order, for whom the key will be moving on. And if they are ever in doubt of why that is, all they need to do is look at the other side. New Zealand will be all teal in there, hardly resembling the team that defeated India so emphatically the other night. And while Southee might prefer it that way, it might not be such a bad thing for Scotland.
When: New Zealand vs Scotland, Super 12, November 3, 2021 at 3:30pm IST
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
What to expect: Another slow-burning game of cricket, and the fact that this is a day game is unlikely to throw up a surprise. The team winning the toss is expected to chase and that's been a safe trend since IPL 2020; 6 out of 6 games in this period have been won by the team batting second.
T20I head to head: The teams have faced each other only once before. It was way back in the 2009 T20 WC and New Zealand won the rain-affected seven-over smash at the Oval by seven wickets.
Injury/Availability Concerns: Everybody is available for the Scotland game but watch out for Kane Williamson's elbow that flared up in the leadup to the T20 WC, preventing him from batting in one of the warmup games. Gary Stead, the head coach, has conceded that resting their captain could be an option on the table in the upcoming five-day period.
Tactics and Matchups: Making the most of Mark Watt's spell could be the key for New Zealand's right-handed top order. The left-arm spinner has mostly been bowling in the middle overs and is yet to concede at over run-a-ball in this tournament. His economy rates in the five games so far read 4.75, 5.75, 5.75, 5.75 and 5.50.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), James Neesham, Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult
Injury/Availability Concerns: Kyle Coetzer's finger injury has made significant progress and the Scotland captain should come back into the eleven.
Tactics and Matchups: There's mounting pressure on Martin Guptill and Scotland will be aware of that. The New Zealand opener averages below 20 and has a sub 120 strike-rate in his 24 T20Is in Asia. He's gotten out to the pace of Haris Rauf and Jasprit Bumrah in the tournament so far, so expect Scotland's trio of Bradley Wheal, Josh Davey and Safyaan Sharif to be on their mark against Guptill.
Probable XI: Kyle Coetzer (c), George Munsey, Matthew Cross (w), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
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What they said:
It's always exciting when you do get to play against a side that you haven't played a lot against. Scotland are an improving side and a strong side, as you've seen throughout the early stages of this tournament. Playing them is something the guys are looking forward to: Tim Southee
The emotions were all very high getting through to the Super 12s. It was something that we set as a target, and we believed that we could do, getting through to Super 12s. When you get through, then there's even more eyes on you and the pressure sort of just — that bar raises just that little bit further: Kyle Coetzer