NZ vs NED: Santner and Mitchell powers Black Caps to 11-0 European Clean Sweep


NZ vs NED: Santner and Mitchell powers Black Caps to 11-0 European Clean Sweep

NZ vs NED: New Zealand clinched another series victory against the Netherlands to complete their scintillating domination in the European continent by 11-0. Mitchell Santner & Co. won the second T-20I of the two-match series against the Netherlands to seize a 2-0 win.

Previously, New Zealand had traveled to Ireland and Scotland. Facing stiff resistance from the Irish side, New Zealand swept the ODI and T-20I series by 3-0 each. Defeating Scotland wasn’t a tedious task for Kiwis as they easily recorded a 3-0 victory over the Scandinavian nation.

Shifting their focus to the Netherlands leg of the tour, New Zealand was successful in registering a series sweep 2-0 after defeating the Netherlands in the final T20I of the series. The match unfolded with Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards winning the toss and opting to bat first. Batting first, the Netherlands managed to put up a subpar total of 147/4 in the alotted 20 overs.

The Netherlands lost two quick wickets at the start in the form of Dowd (6) and Vikramjit Singh (3). Stephen Myburgh contributed 24 runs but his wicket left the hosts struggling at 44/3. Bas de Leede (53) played the standalone innings for the Netherlands and set up a vital 57-run partnership alongside Tim Cooper (26). Skipper Scott Edwards played a crucial cameo of 26 in the end. 

For New Zealand, Michael Bracewell starred in the bowling attack with 2/20 whereas Ish Sodhi (1/24) and Blair Ticker (1/20) chipped in a wicket apiece.

Chasing a modest total of 148, New Zealand tumbled to 26/2 as openers Martin Guptill and Finn Allen were dismissed for 2 and 13 respectively. Captain Mitchell Santner (77)* and Daryl Mitchell (51)* came to the rescue and registered a match-winning stand of 123 runs to take New Zealand through. 

For the Netherlands, Tim Pringle (1/16) and Baas de Leede (1/13) scalped a wicket apiece that wasn’t enough to restrict the touring party.

New Zealand will now travel to West Indies for a three-match T-20 series that will begin on 11th August.

NZ vs NED Brief Scores

New Zealand 149 for 2 (Santner 77*, Mitchell 51*) beat Netherlands 147 for 4 (de Leede 53, Bracewell 2-20) by eight wickets

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