New Zealand in Netherlands, 2 T20I Series, 2022 |2nd T20I |8/5/2022 Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague
That's all we have from New Zealand's quick tour of the Netherlands. As expected, the scoreline is 2-0. Now, the Black Caps will fly to West Indies for a 3-match ODI and T20I series. As far as the Dutch team is concerned, Pakistan are expected to visit them for a 3-match ODI series in August. We look forward to your company in future. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers.
Mitchell Santner, the Kiwi skipper, says that the pitch played a lot better and the New Zealand bowlers bowled quite smartly. Mentions that they got off to a good start and then carried it forward. Shares that he promoted himself to number 3 to counter the left-arm spinners and it worked well for them. Praises Bas de Leede for his knock. Tells that the intent his team showed throughout the chase was amazing and praises Daryl Mitchell for his knock. Mentions that the team is in good spirits and is looking forward to the next challenge in West Indies.
Scott Edwards, the Dutch skipper, says that 160 could have been a par score but admits that the way they bowled and fielded, they are not sure what a good score would have been on this surface. Tells that you can't afford to misfield and drop catches against a top team. Praises Bas de Leede and says that he has been sensational for them for the last year or so. Feels that this is the sort of cricket they want to be playing in their build-up to the T20 World Cup.
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The Black Caps were below-par in both the departments of the game in the first T20I but showed vast improvement. Their bowlers were brilliant in the Powerplay and then at the death to restrict the Netherlands to a gettable total. Mitchell Santner will be delighted with the way the team responded and they will look to carry the same momentum forward.
Chasing a target of 148, New Zealand did lose their openers cheaply but Mitchell Santner promoted himself at number three and along with Daryl Mitchell, he raised an unbeaten century stand to overhaul the target with utmost ease. Santner showed his prowess with the bat to notch up his maiden fifty in T20Is and finished with a 42-ball 77. His knock was studded with nine fours and four biggies. Mitchell played a lovely supporting role and towards the end, he opened his arms and hammered a few lusty blows to take New Zealand home at a canter.
Total domination! What an outstanding batting performance by the Kiwis! They were off-colour in the first game but turned up with full force in this one and decimated the Dutch team. A win with six overs to spare - ruthless!
Ryan Klein to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 8 WICKETS! Ryan Klein delivers it on a length around off, Daryl Mitchell swings his bat firmly and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Brings up his fifty as well with the winning shot.
Ryan Klein to Daryl Mitchell, Bowls it on middle, Daryl Mitchell flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a brace.
Ryan Klein to Daryl Mitchell, Fuller and around leg, Daryl Mitchell looks to flick it but the ball hits his pads.
Ryan Klein to Daryl Mitchell, SIX! Action replay of the previous shot. Fuller again, outside off, Mitchell latches onto it and once again launches it behind the bowler for a biggie. This one has also gone into the water. 5 needed more.
Ryan Klein to Daryl Mitchell, SIX! Out of the stadium! In the arc and it's out of the park. Fuller in length, around off, Mitchell gives it the full whack of his bat and hoists it over the bowler's head for a maximum. The ball has gone into the water outside the stadium. New ball, please!
Ryan Klein to Daryl Mitchell, On a length and on leg, Daryl Mitchell looks to flick it but misses. The ball hits his upper thigh. A slight appeal from the keeper but the umpire is uninterested.
END OF OVER 13 | 12 Runs & 0 Wkt | NZ 131/2
Logan van Beek to Mitchell Santner, Slower and just outside off, Mitchell Santner swings his bat to play at it but misses.
Logan van Beek to Mitchell Santner, Shorter and on middle, Mitchell Santner looks to pull it but misses.
Logan van Beek to Mitchell Santner, Fuller one this time, Mitchell Santner flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
Logan van Beek to Mitchell Santner, A yorker around leg, Santner does well to dig it out safely on the leg side.
Logan van Beek to Mitchell Santner, SIX! Santner is on fire! Slower delivery, on a length around off, Santner picks up the variation and pumps it over long off for a biggie. The century stand comes up.
Logan van Beek to Mitchell Santner, FOUR! Santner gets lucky this time! Fuller in length, around off and angling in, Santner clears his front leg to play the heave over the leg side but it takes the inner edge, beats the stumps and scoots away to the fine leg fence.
END OF OVER 12 | 15 Runs & 0 Wkt | NZ 119/2
Logan van Beek is back into the attack.
Shariz Ahmad to Mitchell Santner, Outside off and fuller in length, Mitchell Santner shuffles across and slaps it towards backward point. Bas de Leede just manages to stop it before the fence by diving to his right. They get three runs.
Shariz Ahmad to Mitchell Santner, DROPPED AND SIX! Another short delivery, outside off and turning away, Santner whacks it aerially towards deep cover where Bas de Leede jumps to catch it but spills it over the fence.
Shariz Ahmad to Mitchell Santner, FOUR! Smashed! A googly, on the shorter side around off, Mitchell Santner goes on the back foot and slaps it over Vikramjit Singh at extra cover for a boundary.