Chittagong: New Zealand find themselves with a great opportunity to get their campaign back on track and better their net run rate in a tough Group 1 when they take on minnows the Netherlands in their next league match of the World T20, here, on Saturday.
After beating England by nine runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in their rain-marred tournament opener, New Zealand suffered a narrow two-run loss at the hands of South Africa in their next match to be placed third in Group 1. Sri Lanka are now heading the group followed by South Africa.
But come Saturday, the Black Caps will be eyeing a big win over the Dutch to improve their position ahead of their final group league encounter against Sri Lanka.
The Black Caps only had themselves to blame for the loss against South Africa as chasing a challenging 171-run target, they were well on course towards a victory before South Africa’s pace spearhead Dale Steyn single-handedly changed the complexion of the game with a brilliant final over.
Needing just seven runs for a win off six balls with five wickets in hand, New Zealand made a heavy weather of the task as Steyn produced a breathtaking final over to restrict the Black Caps to 168 for eight.
Still smarting from that loss, the Black Caps would be desperate to give a fillip to their campaign with a resounding win over the Netherlands.
But New Zealand can’t afford to take the Netherlands lightly as the Dutch gave South Africa a mighty scare on Thursday.
Coming into the match against South Africa, the Netherlands dished out a commendable performance against fancied South Africa.