After two incredibly and I guess predictably one-sided T20 matches last week, New Zealand end their tour of Scotland with a solitary ODI, which in the overall scheme of things doesn’t mean much but it does give the home side the chance to play a 50 over game against a top nation.
Scotland don’t get the chance to showcase their credentials in this company very often so this will be a big occasion for them. New Zealand move on to the Netherlands after this so they’ll be wanting to keep their form up.
This will be the first time in three years that Scotland have taken on a full member side in an ODI in Edinburgh. Sri Lanka were the visitors on that occasion and came out on top to the tune of 35 runs but Scottish cricket fans will know this is the venue of their finest day when they beat England in an ODI here in 2018. If they are to win this match then they are going to have to come up with a lot more than they had in the T20 matches.
In those T20s, Scotland just didn’t have the tools to compete with the ball. You would imagine they will be better suited to ODI cricket in that regard because it is possible to defend with the ball in that format. If we are being honest, Scotland flattered to deceive with the bat as well but again there is more time to get in and play a proper innings in this format so in theory Scotland should be more competitive here.
After making the last two World Cup finals, New Zealand are very much one of the leading lights in this format of the game and although they are missing some of their big guns for this leg of the tour, this is an ideal chance for them to show the depth that they have throughout their squad. It might be that one or two big guns don’t go to the World Cup next year so there could be places in the squad up for grabs so big performances here will be noticed.
New Zealand went big with the bat in both T20 matches and it will be interesting to see if they basically treat this as an extended T20 match like England do or whether some of their more technically proficient batters play themselves in and work through the innings. This looks to be a good chance for the bowlers to show they have what it takes to deliver the goods at this level and bowl quality spells.
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Kyle Coetzer has retired from T20 internationals but he still plays 50 over matches so he is back in the squad. Calum McLeod missed the second T20 but he is expected to play here while Michael Jones might also feature. Josh Davey misses out with injury.
New Zealand are using the same squad they had for the T20s which means that the likes of Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Trent Boult and Tim Southee are not here. Mark Chapman’s brutal innings in the second T20 could see him keep his place in the side here.
I think Scotland will bat much better in this format of the game than they did in the T20s. They can take their time with things and build into their innings which they don’t get the luxury of doing in the 20 over game and the calming presence of Kyle Coetzer will help them bat better as well. There is nothing to suggest that New Zealand will bat any worse than that they have done in the T20 matches so I’m expecting to see some runs here.
The runs line for this match is 501.5 which feels a little on the low side to me. We saw in the T20s that there is nothing wrong with the batting conditions on this ground and with both teams having a little more batting depth in the 50 over game there will be enough batting in both sides to deliver the goods. Based on the T20s it would be a surprise if New Zealand don’t go beyond 300 if they bat first but there is nothing to suggest that Scotland can’t get past 250 if they have a good start. I like the over here.
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