New Zealand vs Netherlands Only T20I Betting Tips: Dutch Set for Baptism of Fire on NZ Debut

March 24, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Only T20I
McLean Park, Napier

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This is not a fixture you get to see often in international cricket. New Zealand are the big boys of world cricket and Netherlands perennial minnows. Therefore, their paths rarely cross. They will, however, meet on March 25 (Friday) at McLean Park, Napier in a one-off T20I clash, which will begin at 11:40am IST.

Teams Status

New Zealand

This will be the final T20I match of Ross Taylor’s career. He has already bowed out of Tests and after this game and the three ODIs after, his international career will be over completely.

Due to the simplicity of the assignment, the Kiwis have added uncapped Michael Bracewell and wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver to the squad.

New Zealand’s last T20 assignment was against India in India back in November. They had been hammered 3-0 in the series. Since then they’ve been beaten at home by Bangladesh and South Africa at home albeit in Tests. Thus, the Dutch would offer a nice opportunity to get their confidence up and running again.


This will be Netherlands’ first-ever T20I on New Zealand’s turf. To ensure that it does not turn into a baptism of fire, they’d have to have their batters play well.

The Dutch problems are not unlike the problems most smaller sides face. Their batting is weak and that is where most of their other problems originate from. Their subdued performance at last year’s World Cup was also largely due to their batting frailties.

A few positives for the European side is that Michael Rippon, who plays his cricket in New Zealand, is in their squad and so are Logan van Beek and Max O’Dowd – both of whom have experienced of playing Down Under.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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There is a massive difference in the bulk and quality of these two sides. On top of that, New Zealand are playing at their home and Netherlands are the travelling side. It is not surprising then that the Kiwis are big favourites here. Parimatch has New Zealand priced at 1.09 and Netherlands at 7.0. Paripesa has New Zealand available for 1.07 and Netherlands for 8.8, while Sportsbet has New Zealand priced at 1.10 and Netherlands at 7.20.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: New Zealand total runs in 1st over – more than 5.5 @ 1.74

New Zealand are in their own backyard and up against a much smaller side. The result – a whitewash – is pretty much guaranteed but they’d want to use this series to dazzle. Just winning would be too unambitious. We expect a flying start from the Kiwis and thus this bet makes sense to us. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Total sixes 11.5 @ 1.74

The Dutch have their batting problems but they do have their six hitters. Add them to the hard-hitters that the Kiwis boast and this has the potential to become a six-fest. We’re backing both the sides to combine for 11.5 or more big ones. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.


The last time these two met in a T20 fixture, the year was 2014 and venue Bangladesh. New Zealand were made to work slightly harder than they had expected but they eventually got the win with six wickets and as many balls to spare. Expect another easy win here.

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