NZ vs NED 1st T20I: New Zealand have continued their fine form in the shortest format as they beat the Netherlands in the first T20I by 16 runs on Friday. The Netherlands bowled well to restrict New Zealand to 148 runs in the first innings. They claimed the wickets of Finn Allen (8), Cleaver (2), and Daryl Mitchell (15). Glenn Phillips (14 off 14) also failed to convert the start into a big score.
However, notable contributions from Martin Guptill (45 off 36) and James Neesham (32 off 17) meant New Zealand reached a decent total on the board. As for the Netherlands, van Been and Shariz Ahmad picked two wickets each, while the likes of Clayton Floyd, Tim Pringle, and Ryan Kein picked one wicket apiece.
However, New Zealand bowled admirably to bowl out the Netherlands for just 132 runs on the board. The openers, such as Stephan Myburgh (5) and Max ODowd (2) got out early, while Tom Cooper (2) also failed to hit the straps.
Bas de Leede, though, held firm at one end and kept the hopes alive. He played a stellar knock of 66 runs in 53 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes. However, he lacked support from the other end. Scott Edwards was looking good for his 16-ball 20 but he too perished off Santner in the 11th over.
Netherlands fall short of 16 runs in the end
Once he got out, wickets fell in quick succession and Netherlands fell 16 runs short in the end. For New Zealand, Blair Tickner starred with the ball, picking 4 for 27 in 3.3 overs, while Ben Sears picked three wickets for 22 runs in 4 overs. The second and the final T20 international of the series will be played on Friday at The Hague.