The first T20 International between the Netherlands (NED) and New Zealand (NZ) will be played at the Sportpark Westvliet on Thursday, August 4. The match will start at 8:30 PM IST.

NED vs NZ Dream11 prediction

The Netherlands cricket team are coming off a 37-run loss to Zimbabwe in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 Global Qualifier B. Despite the result, the Dutch side are confirmed to play at the showpiece event later this year.

The New Zealand cricket team, on the other hand, are on a winning streak in 2022. After a 3-0 success against Ireland, the Black Caps secured a 2-0 T20I series win over Scotland.

It goes without saying that New Zealand are favourites to triumph in the first of two T20Is, based on their recent form and also having beaten the Netherlands in their last meeting in 2014.

NED vs NZ Dream11 team tips for the 1st T20I

Top tip: Best batter

Netherlands’ Max O’Dowd enters this contest with the most runs (178) in his last five T20Is ahead of seasoned New Zealand opener Martin Guptill (151). The Dutch batter maintains a career strike rate of 124.79 and will look to create a strong impact with the bat when facing the Kiwi bowlers on Thursday. Max, who has been selected by 87.32 per cent of fantasy cricket players, is available for 9.0 credits.

Top tip: Best bowler

New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi is an outright pick for this spot. The 29-year-old bowler has picked 13 wickets from his last nine T20Is, thus earning him a spot in 85.89 per cent fantasy cricket teams. Sodhi is worth an inclusion to teams for 9.0 credits knowing the match-winning quality he carries into a T20I game.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Jimmy Neesham’s record as an all-rounder in T20I makes him an outright selection against the Netherlands. With 527 runs and 25 wickets in his career, Neesham remains a vital cog in the middle order and is an absolute steal for fantasy players at 9.0 credits.

For a wicket-keeper, Netherlands’ Scott Edwards is our recommendation. The Dutch captain has registered 477 runs and 38 dismissals (32 caught and six stumpings). Priced at 8.5 credits, Edwards will hope to lead a new-look Netherlands team to victory against a formidable opponent in New Zealand.

NED vs NZ probable playing XI

NED playing XI (probable): Tom Cooper, Stephan Myburgh, Bas De Leede, Scott Edwards (captain and wicket-keeper), Max O’Dowd, Logan Van Beek, Shariz Ahmed, Clayton Floyd, Aryan Dutt, Vivian Kingma, Ryan Klein

NZ playing XI (probable): Glenn Phillips, Finn Allen, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Dane Cleaver (wicket-keeper), Michael Rippon, Mitchell Santner (captain), Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson

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