After winning the first T20I, New Zealand will be eager to seal the series against UAE as the two teams lock horns in the second T20I on Saturday, August 19 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. The Blackcaps were given tough competition by UAE in the first game as they could only manage to score 155/6 batting first. In the second innings, UAE needed just 72 runs off the last ten overs having six wickets in hand.
However, their lack of experience in chases led to their loss by 19 runs. The Muhammad Waseem-led side will look to correct their mistakes in the second fixture and beat the Kiwis in the second game. The fixture promises to be another mouth-watering clash as both teams will be seen giving their all on the field.
Match: UAE vs New Zealand 2023, 2nd T20I
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: Saturday, August 18, 7:30 PM (IST)
Live Streaming: FanCode
Dubai Pitch Report:
The pitch in the first T20I assisted spinners as it was hard to score runs against them in the middle overs. The surface is expected to be the same and for the second game as well and the captain winning the toss is likely to bat first.
Probable playing XI
United Arab Emirates (UAE):
Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryansh Sharma (wk), Vriitya Aravind, Asif Khan, Ansh Tandon, Basil Hameed, Ali Naseer, Aayan Afzal Khan, Mohammed Faraazuddin, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan
New Zealand (NZ):
Tim Seifert, Chad Bowes, Dane Cleaver (wk), Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Cole McConchie, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee (c), Ben Lister
UAE vs NZ Head-to-Head
Played – 1, UAE – 0, New Zealand – 1
Probable Top Performers
Probable Best batter of the match
Chapman was the leading run scorer of New Zealand’s last T20I series against Pakistan where he scored 290 runs from five innings at an average of 290 and a strike rate of 165.71 with a hundred and two fifties to his name. After getting dismissed for just 15 (18) in the first game, Chapman will look to make a sensational comeback in the second fixture and help his side win the series.
Probable Best bowler of the match
The left-arm spinner managed to pick two wickets in the first game giving away just 22 runs in his four overs. Santner has been phenomenal in the middle overs with his ability to break partnerships and help his team get crucial breakthroughs. He will be eager to once again bowl a match-winning spell and help his team win the series.