New Zealand vs Netherlands 1st ODI Preview and Prediction: Will Black Caps Wrap Up Series Win?

Henry Nicholls in action for New Zealand vs Netherlands.
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New Zealand will hope to wrap up the series when they take on the Netherlands here, but the Dutch will not want to waste the opportunity to get a result – or at least put in a performance – against one of the best sides in the world. Who will come out on top in Hamilton? Read on for our full New Zealand vs Netherlands 1st ODI preview and prediction:

New Zealand vs Netherlands 1st ODI Preview and Prediction

Series So Far

New Zealand, despite being without some of their star men, recorded a comfortable victory in the first ODI of the series. Blair Tickner, on ODI debut, took four wickets in his ten overs whilst Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme and Michael Bracewell were all amongst the wickets. Michael Rippon, who plays domestically in New Zealand, did score a well-made 67 and captain Pieter Seelar 43, but that was the only real resistance offered by the Dutch batters.

The result was that they were bowled out in 49.4 overs with only 202 runs on the board. Up against a side of New Zealand’s quality on a relatively benign surface, that looked to be some way under par. New Zealand set about demonstrating exactly that, despite losing Martin Guptill in the fourth over. Fellow opener Henry Nicholls made 57, whilst Will Young scored his first international century from number three to guide New Zealand over the line in the 39th over.

Expected Teams

New Zealand named just about the strongest team available to them with the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Kane Williamson away at the IPL and it would be a surprise to see them make changes ahead of this match. That will see Guptill and Nicholls open the batting, with the former doubtless determined to make more of an impact after missing out in the first match. Young will bat three with the vastly experienced Ross Taylor, enjoying his swan song, the next man in at four.

Keeper and captain Tom Latham will bat at five with Michael Bracewell – also able to contribute some handy overs of off-spin – at six. De Grandhomme can play the finisher role at number seven, with the steepling bounce and impressive accuracy of Jamieson likely to trouble the Dutch batters once again. Matt Henry is a fine line-and-length bowler and will lead the attack with Jamieson, whilst Tickner will be hoping to bowl as well as he did in the first match after claiming an impressive four-wicket haul.

The Netherlands will also most likely stick with the same team. Max O’Dowd and Stephen Myburgh were both out cheaply in the series opener, but are the best top-order batters that the Dutch can call upon. Vikramjit Singh is highly thought of in the Dutch camp and looked good for his 19 off 21 balls before making a mental error and throwing his wicket away. Bas de Leede made a similar error, but both will be benefitting from the experience of coming up against New Zealand.

Rippon, a familiar sight to cricket fans in New Zealand, was the pick of the Dutch batters, as well as their most incisive bowler, but was ultimately unable to hold the innings together under severe pressure as wickets fell around him. His partnership with his captain Seelar is something for the Dutch to build on going into this game, however. Logan van Beek, Fred Klaasen, Philippe Boissevain and Brandon Glover were not particularly threatening with the ball, but had little to bowl at.

Prediction

In the first match, the Netherlands performed respectably enough against New Zealand without ever looking like they had a real chance of winning the match. Ultimately, the talent differential between the sides was simply too great. That is hardly a surprise with the backbone of the New Zealand a number of very experienced international cricketers, who are used to competing at the highest level. Ultimately, the Dutch just don’t have that sort of experience. Expect another comfortable Kiwi win.

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