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Scotland finished the first round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at the number one spot on the table with 3 wins in 3 matches. However, they couldn’t replicate those performances in the Super 12 stage.

Scotland have lost both the games played in the Super 12s and thus are languishing at the bottom of the points table in Group 2. Ahead of the next game against New Zealand, Scotland would be hoping to add their first points in the super 12 stages. Here’s a look at our predicted playing of Scotland.

NZ vs SCO: Scotland’s (SCO) Predicted Playing XI Against New Zealand (NZ) – ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Match 32

Openers: George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer

George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer
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Skipper Kyle Coetzer missed out on the last game due to injury. He is likely to make a comeback in the next game against New Zealand. He should open the innings with George Munsey. 

Munsey has shown flashes of brilliance but failed to make an impact in the tournament. Against Afghanistan, Munsey scored 25 off 18 deliveries, followed by a 1-ball duck in the last game against Namibia.

Middle-Order: Mathew Cross, Richie Berrington, and Calum MacLeod

Mathew Cross and Richie Berrington,
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The middle-order comprising of Mathew Cross, Richie Berrington, and Calum MacLeod will be integral to Scotland’s fortune in the game.

Berrington was sensational in the first round of the tournament. He has 103 runs in 5 matches at a strike rate of 130. Mathew Cross too made a substantial contribution in the first round but hasn’t been able to perform in the Super 12s.

He has 101 runs in 5 matches at an average of 25.25. The trio made forgettable returns in the last two games for the team. They should return back to form if Scotland fancy a chance on Wednesday.

All-rounders: Michael Leask, Chris Greaves and Mark Watt

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Michael Leask was the only bright spot for Scotland in the last game against Namibia. He scored a valuable 44-run knock off 27 deliveries and also picked 2 for 12 in 2 overs with the ball. Chris Greaves too bowled well for his 1 for 22 in 4 overs. It will be good for the team if he Scores runs with the bat too at lower down the order against New Zealand.

Bowlers: Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey, and Bradley Wheal

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All the three bowlers have performed consistently for the side. Josh Davey is their highest wicket-taker with 9 wickets in 5 matches. Safyaan Sharif and Wheal, on the other hand, have 5 wickets each to their name. Wheal gave away just 14 runs in the last game in his four overs, while Sharif picked 1 for 21 in 3.1 overs.