VOORBURG: New Zealand bowlers displayed brilliance as they defended a below-par goal handy their facet a slender win over the Netherlands within the first T20I.
Set to chase 149, the hosts fell simply 16 runs brief as Blair Tickner-led New Zealand bowling assault bundled out the Netherlands for 132 within the last over.
Top-order Bas de Leede fought valiantly for the hosts with a gritty knock of 66 runs off 53 deliveries, laced with three boundaries and two sixes.
Wicket-keeper batter Scott Edwards remained one other important contributor as he scored 20 off 16, whereas the remainder of the batters remained clueless in opposition to the Black Caps’ bowling assault.
Right-arm pacer Tickner led the best way for New Zealand with 4/27, whereas Ben Sears adopted again with three. Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi, however, struck out a batter every.
Batting first, New Zealand might solely handle to complete at 148/7 within the allotted 20 overs because the middle-order failure halted the Black Caps from amassing an enormous whole.
The right-handed opening batter made certain to supply the touring facet with a agency basis as he top-scored with 45 off 36 balls with the assistance of 4 boundaries and a six, whereas left-handed all-rounder James Neesham’s quickfire knock down the order bolstered the facet to a commendable whole after middle-order failure.
The left-handed batter scored 32 off 17 balls, laced with two boundaries and as many sixes.
For Netherlands, Shariz Ahmed and Logan van Beek picked two wickets every, whereas Clayton Floyd, Tim Pringle, and Ryan Klein made one scalp apiece.