A thrilling and highly-anticipated four-match T20I series is poised to commence, pitting England against New Zealand, with the action kicking off on August 30. The Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, UK, will host the inaugural showdown. The upcoming series is a long-awaited reunion between the two since their last clash in the 2022 T20 World Cup in November. In that memorable encounter, England emerged triumphant with a thrilling 20-run win over New Zealand.

In charge of the England squad stands Jos Buttler, an experienced leader who steered his team to glory in the 2022 T20 World Cup. Despite a recent setback, a disheartening 3-0 series loss to Bangladesh, the England side retains a formidable presence in the cricketing arena.

Contrastingly, New Zealand enters this contest under the capable leadership of Tim Southee, boasting a well-rounded and balanced unit. Their most recent T20I series against UAE culminated in a commendable 2-1 victory, further igniting their ambitions for success in the upcoming encounters. This contest presents a golden opportunity for both squads to rekindle their historic rivalry and exhibit their cricketing excellence once more on the global stage.

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New Zealand tour of England 2023, 1st T20I:

Date and Time: August 30; 06:00 pm local | 05:00 pm GMT | 10:30 am IST
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

Riverside Ground Pitch Report

The pitch at Riverside Ground provides a well-rounded surface, albeit with a slight inclination towards favouring the batters. There’s potential for the fast bowlers to extract some movement from the pitch. The prevailing breeze, aided by the low stands, aids bowlers in generating swing with the new ball. This means that batters might encounter difficulties, especially early in their innings. Scoring runs won’t be easy, and the batters will need to put in considerable effort to build their innings.

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Picks:

  • Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler, Devon Conway
  • Batters: Glenn Phillips, Harry Brook
  • All-rounders: Daryl Mitchell, Liam Livingstone, Mitchell Santner, Sam Curran
  • Bowlers: Adil Rashid, Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Captain and Vice-Captain:

Choice 1: Jos Buttler (c), Devon Conway (vc)
Choice 2: Mitchell Santner (c), Sam Curran (vc)

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Backups:

Chris Jordan, Luke Wood, Tim Seifert, Rachin Ravindra

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Team for today’s match (05:00 pm GMT, 1st T20I):

England vs New Zealand, Dream11 Team (Photo Source: Screenshot Dream11)

 

Squads:

England

Jos Buttler (c), Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Luke Wood

New Zealand

Tim Southee (c), Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi

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