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UAE vs NZ, 1st T20I | Playing 11 Prediction, Cricket Tips, Preview & Live Streaming

image-lldjaacvUAE players celebrate a wicket at the 2023 WC Qualifiers in Zimbabwe (Twitter)

UAE is set to host New Zealand in a bilateral series for the first time in history, as the two nations will engage in a three-match T20I competition. The first of those matches will be played on August 17 at the iconic Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

UAE vs NZ: Team Previews

United Arab Emirates

UAE will be aiming to reverse their disappointing T20I fortunes with an impressive outing against world number three ranked side New Zealand. Earlier this year, they hosted Afghanistan in a three-match series, which they ended up losing 2-1. Even in last year’s T20 World Cup in Australia, UAE finished at the bottom of the first-round points table, and subsequently failed to qualify for the main tournament.

New Zealand

New Zealand’s upcoming matches against UAE marks their return to the T20I format after nearly four months. Back in April this year, they toured Pakistan for a five-match series. Despite losing the first two games to concede the opening advantage to the hosts, the ‘Black Caps’ won the final two fixtures, the remaining being a no-result, to level the series 2-2.

UAE vs NZ: Match Details & Live Streaming

Date and TimeAugust 17, 7:30 PM IST
VenueDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Live Streaming and BroadcastFanCode & Star Sports Network

UAE vs NZ: Dubai Pitch Report

The conditions at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium generally provides considerable assistance to pacers, with something on offer for the spinners as well. The average first innings total at the venue has been 142. Captain winning the toss will likely prefer to field first, considering chasing sides have won 58 percent of their matches here.

UAE vs NZ: Probable Playing 11

UAE: Muhammad Waseem (c), Vriitya Aravind (wk), Basil Hameed, Asif Khan, Aryansh Sharma (wk), Ali Naseer, Aayan Afzal Khan, Sanchit Sharma, Junaid Siddique, Muhammad Jawadullah and Zahoor Khan.

NZ: Chad Bowes, Will Young, Tim Seifert (wk), Dane Cleaver (wk), James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Ben Lister and Kyle Jamieson.

UAE vs NZ: Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

WicketkeepersVriitya Aravind, Tim Seifert
BattersChad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Muhammad Waseem
All-RoundersMitchell Santner, James Neesham, Aayan Afzal Khan
BowlersJunaid Siddique, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson
CaptainTim Seifert
Vice-CaptainTim Southee

UAE vs NZ: Winner Prediction

New Zealand, owing to their recent form and overall T20I record, will be considered as favourites to beat the hosts in the first T20I.