NZ vs SCO Dream11 Prediction for T20 World Cup 2021: Playing XI, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Team, Weather Updates and Pitch Report

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Preview for NZ vs SCO Dream11 Contest:

Having regained their form and winning ways via a resounding victory over India in the last match, New Zealand will now lock horns with Scotland for two crucial points in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage at the T20 World Cup 2021 on Wednesday (November 3) in Dubai.

The Kiwis had lost their opening game to Pakistan in Sharjah but came roaring back against India in Dubai. A win against Scotland will help them continue their surge towards the semi-finals from what is a tricky group where an unexpected loss here could dent their hopes significantly.

For Scotland, it’s about getting back on their feet after disappointing losses to both Afghanistan and Namibia. One of the leading associate sides, they need to prove they are no pushovers in the Super 12 round.

Probable Playing XI:

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

Scotland – Craig Williams, Zane Green (wk), Gerhard Erasmus (c), David Wiese, Michael van Lingen, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz

Weather Update: Sunny; 33 degrees C; wind 18 km/h

Pitch Report: The track in Dubai has had a two-paced nature. It goes dry and makes life difficult for batters in the first half, but then speeds up with the dew falling for the night games. This one is an afternoon game but we’ve seen that even during such fixtures of this T20 World Cup, batting first has been a challenging task. So the toss will be crucial, especially for Scotland who’ll hope that they get into the game early.

NZ vs SCO Dream11 Prediction

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Can Scotland recover from successive losses to put up a fight in the NZ vs SCO game?

New Zealand are overwhelming favourites. You look at their line-up and you find some chinks in there but overall, they are a significantly better-resourced team than Scotland, who’ll also be reeling over their losses to Afghanistan and Namibia. It would be a massive shock if the Black Caps are to lose this one, given their talent and depth across all departments of the game.

NZ vs SCO Dream11 Captaincy Picks

1. Trent Boult (9.5 credits)

Boult’s left-arm angle and the ability to swing the new ball both ways makes him a lethal prospect for Scotland batters. He was excellent in the win over India, taking 3/20 off his 4 overs. Boult could be a very rewarding captaincy pick considering his form and Scotland’s lack of experience of handling such a bowler.

2. Ish Sodhi (9 credits)

Wristspinner Sodhi could be ripe to exploit another of Scotland’s weaknesses with the bat – spin. They suffered a horrendous collapse in the match against Afghanistan, being dismissed for just 60 to the likes of Rashid Khan. Now, Sodhi may not be as good as Rashid but he is in very good form and rhythm. After bowling a spell of 2/28 versus Pakistan, he bagged figures of 2/17 against India.

3. Kane Williamson (10.5 credits)

Held back by an elbow injury, Williamson hasn’t been at his best with the bat since the start of this year. But there are encouraging signs in this regard with the great Kiwi batter. His extended rehab seems to be bearing fruits as Williamson looked in greater comfort playing his strokes through an unbeaten 33 in the win over India.

NZ vs SCO Dream11 Budget Picks

1. Daryl Mitchell (8.5 credits)

Opening batter Mitchell has looked in good form and flow at the crease in this T20 World Cup so far. The right-hander missed out on a well deserved fifty by just one run in the win against India. He was also in his element against Pakistan before a premature dismissal ended his stay. Mitchell is a handy budget pick.

2. Mark Watt (8.5 credits)

At a time when their batting unit has been unconvincing and their bowling unit inconsistent in their execution, Mark Watt has been Scotland’s biggest positive. The left-arm spinner has been fantastic with his seamless changes in angle of release and pace through the air. Without an element of mystery to his bowling, Watt has managed to retain an economy rate of only 5.50 over 5 matches in the competition with 5 wickets to his name.

3. Mitchell Santner (8.5 credits)

Santner, as always, played his small but significant role in New Zealand’s big win over India. The left-arm spinner choked the run-scoring inside the powerplay and middle overs to finish with figures of 0/15 off his 4 overs. Santner never allowed the Indian batters to get going from his end as they eventually got out to other bowlers, being forced to play high-risk strokes.

Mega League Team for NZ vs SCO Dream11 Contest

Matthew Cross (wk), Martin Guptill, Richie Berrington, Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult (vc), Josh Davey, Ish Sodhi, Mark Watt

Small/Head to Head Team for NZ vs SCO Dream11 Contest

NZ vs SCO Dream11 Team T20 World Cup 2021Devon Conway (wk), Martin Guptill, Richie Berrington, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Colin Greaves, Trent Boult (c), Josh Davey, Ish Sodhi (vc), Mark Watt



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