United Arab Emirates vs New Zealand – 2nd International T20 Preview & Prediction
When is United Arab Emirates vs New Zealand taking place? Saturday, August 19th, 2023 – 15:00 (UK)
Where is United Arab Emirates vs New Zealand taking place? Dubai Sports City Stadium, Dubai
What channel is United Arab Emirates vs New Zealand on? United Arab Emirates vs New Zealand will not be televised live in the UK, but will be televised live on Sky Sports in New Zealand and Star Sports Network in India
Where can I stream United Arab Emirates vs New Zealand? United Arab Emirates vs New Zealand cannot be streamed in the UK, but can be streamed live on Fancode in the subcontinent
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
United Arab Emirates can take heart from a number of plays across the first T20i against New Zealand, even though they were ultimately on the losing side as expected. For starters, a wicket with the very first ball of the game by Junaid Siddique, who looks a fine bowler. Both Siddique and Basil Hameed took two scalps apiece across the Black Caps’ innings. With the bat, wicket-keeper Aryansh Sharma opened and hugely impressed in his knock of 60 from 43 as he attempted to underpin a run chase. He lacked the support needed to take the hosts all the way home but to have a player of his ability opening up is a great starting point.
New Zealand were indebted to two excellent individual performances that helped see them through in the first T20i, one with the bat and the other with the ball. Firstly, Tim Seifert struck a fine half-century to help power the tourists to a good first innings score with the help of some lower order hitting towards the back-end. Then captain Tim Southee took over and delivered a masterclass with the ball. The 34-year-old picked up a five-wicket-haul, no mean feat in this form of the game and for the loss of just 25 runs. Those wickets helped ensure that UAE didn’t get close to their victory target.
That extra level of class proved the difference between the two teams on Thursday and a similar story is expected this time round. United Arab Emirates have plenty to be optimistic about moving forward and will only improve as they continue to come up against players of such a high standard like Southee. However, they don’t like look finding that extra gear that could see them take a game from the Black Caps. Back a second win here for New Zealand.
TIP: NEW ZEALAND TO WIN