New Zealand and the Netherlands are gearing up to face each other in the 2014 International Cricket Council World Twenty20 (T20) in Chittagong on Saturday, with the Black Caps expected to claim the win that will move them level on points with Sri Lanka and South Africa at the top of Group 1.
However, in giving the Proteas an almighty scare on Thursday, the Dutch proved that they should not be underestimated in this competition. Tomorrow, the Netherlands will go in search of what would be their first win of the Super 10s.
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Date: Saturday, March 29
Start time: 9:30 a.m. GMT
Live on: Sky Sports (UK)
New Zealand: BB McCullum*, CJ Anderson, TA Boult, AP Devcich, MJ Guptill, RM Hira, MJ McClenaghan, NL McCullum, KD Mills, C Munro, JDS Neesham, L Ronchi†, TG Southee, LRPL Taylor, KS Williamson
Netherlands: PW Borren*, W Barresi†, Mudassar Bukhari, BN Cooper, TLW Cooper, TJ Heggelman, MAA Jamil, VJ Kingma, SJ Myburgh, MJG Rippon, PM Seelaar, MR Swart, ES Szwarczynski, LV van Beek, T van der Gugten
New Zealand: The Black Caps will be content with how they have started the tournament so far after being asked to chase 170 plus in each of their opening Group 1 contests in Chittagong.
In the first of those two games last Saturday, the Kiwis beat England by nine runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method, while two days later they fell just two runs short of achieving the win against the Proteas that would have virtually sealed their place in the semi-finals.
Netherlands: The Dutch have won just one of their five matches in total so far across the two phases of the competition, with the first round victory over Zimbabwe ensuring their qualification for the Super 10s.
And, despite being bowled out for just 39 in their opening Group 1 contest with Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Peter Borren’s men will have taken great heart from how close they ran South Africa going into this encounter with the Kiwis.
Ross Taylor: Attention on the middle-order batsman may have waned a little of late, with people tending to focus more on the pyrotechnics of skipper Brendon McCullum. However, as the 30-year-old showed against South Africa on Monday, opponents would be making a big mistake taking their eye off the former captain.
spare a thought though for @RossLTaylor a magnificent innings from a man in the form of his life. most days would have won a game!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2014
While the Black Caps may ultimately have lost that contest, the No. 4’s stunning innings of 62 from just 37 balls—including four fours and three sixes—was a reminder of just what a destructive batsman he can be.
Ahsan Malik: What an amazing start the underdogs' opening bowler made to the World T20. Malik has already managed to capture 12 wickets in just five games, more than any other player in the tournament to date.
The highlight for the 24-year-old medium-pacer came with his stunning display against the Proteas on Thursday, when he picked up five for 19 from his four overs—the best bowling figures of the entire competition so far.
Who will win the Group 1 Super 10 contest between New Zealand and Netherlands?
Weather: We are expecting a low of 24 degrees Celsius and a high of 33 degrees Celsius, with no chance of rain for this Super 10 contest.
Pitch: The surface in Chittagong has played pretty well throughout the World T20, with scores tending to be slightly lower for the first match of the day. The dew affects bowlers less for these afternoon contests, although it is still an issue, especially for the side fielding second.