Scotland and New Zealand will clash against each other in the first T20I at the Grange Cricket Club Ground, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on Wednesday, July 27. New Zealand are entering the series on the back of a successful Ireland where they whitewashed the hosts in both the ODI and the T20I series of three matches each.
The two teams have earlier played two T20I matches against each other. New Zealand have emerged victorious on both the occasions.Scotland, on the other hand played their last T20I match against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021 where they lost all their Group 2 matches. They had qualified for the Super-12 round of the tournament after pipping Bangladesh to finish as the Group B table-toppers in the first round of the ICC marquee event. As we gear up for the third T20I, I have brought to you the best three betting tips from the SCO vs NZ 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.
Matthew Cross, Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips are my top three player betting tips for the SCO vs NZ 1st T20I. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
Scotland batter Matthew Cross has played a total of 56 T20I matches and scored 946 runs at an average of 24.25. Cross has five fifties to his name in the format. He was recently seen playing in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 where he scored 29, 2, 28, 5 and 2 runs in his last five innings. These scores have come against teams like Nepal, UAE and Namibia. In his last five T20I innings, the 25-year-old has managed to score - 5, 2, 27, 19 and 0 runs. The 27 runs came against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup 2021. Notably, it's his solitary innings against the Kiwis in the format. Cross' last T20I match came in the same tournament in November last year. At the Grange Cricket Club Ground, the venue for the first T20I, Cross has played eight matches and scored 133 runs at an average of 22.16. The lack of form and lack of game time in T20I cricket can come to haunt the wicket-keeper batsman in the first match and scoring against the likes of Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Jimmy Neesham will not be easy for the Aberdeen-born cricketer. If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match and grab the odds of 1.87 for Matthew Cross to score over 15.5 runs from the SCO vs NZ 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.
Senior opener Martin Guptill has scored 3359 runs in 115 T20I matches at an average of 32.29. He has two hundreds and 20 fifties to his name in the format. Also, Guptill is one of the only three batters to score over 3000 runs in the format. The 35-year-old's last eight T20I innings have seen him score 25, 11, 24, 51, 31, 70, 28 and 4 runs. The Auckland-born played against Scotland and scored 93 runs at an average of 93. In the recently-concluded three match T20I series against Ireland, Guptill scored 15, 24 and 11 runs. The experienced campaigner failed to convert his starts into big scores and that might inspire him big time to score big in the first T20I against Scotland. Earlier, the senior batter was stunning in the third ODI against Ireland on July 15. His 126-ball 115 fired New Zealand to 360 for the loss of six wickets in 50 overs. He also hit a fifty in the first ODI and a hundred in the final ODI against Netherlands in April. The Scottish team last played a T20I match in November and stopping a destructive batter like Guptill can be an uphill task for them. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and grab the odds of 1.87 for Martin Guptill to score over 27.5 runs from the SCO vs NZ 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.
New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips has played a total of 38 T20I matches and scored 793 runs at an impressive average of 30.50. He has one hundred and four fifties to his name in the format already. In the only T20I match Phillips played against Scotland in 2021, he scored 33 runs. The 25-year-old's last five T20I scores are - 56*, 23, 69*, 0 and 34. The right-hand batter was the leading run-scorer in the recently-concluded T20I series against Ireland. He scored 148 runs in three matches at an average of 148 and strike rate of 132.14. He scored decently in the ODI matches against Ireland as well. He scored 38 runs in the first match and followed it with scores of 16 and 47 respectively. Further, he played for Gloucestershire in the Vitality Blast 2022 and top-scored for the team with 340 runs in three matches at an average of 34 and strike rate of 135.45. He hit as many as four fifties in the T20 tournament. Phillips looks set to score over 22.5 runs in the first T20I. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and grab the odds of 1.87 for Glenn Phillips to score over 22.5 runs from the SCO vs NZ 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.
Matthew Cross to score under 15.5 runs @ 1.87 (1XBET)
Martin Guptill to score over 27.5 runs @ 1.87 (1XBET)
Glenn Phillips to score over 22.5 runs @ 1.87 (1XBET)