Ireland vs New Zealand 1st T20I, Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket

Martin Guptill and Harry Tector are the top picks for this game.

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The 1st T20I of the 2022 Tour of New Zealand takes place between Ireland and New Zealand on 18 July 2022 at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast.

Ireland (IRE) and New Zealand (NZ) meet in the first T20I of their three-match series at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast on Monday 18 July.
Ireland lost the last ODI in a thrilling last ball finish. They fell short by just one run while pursuing a massive 361 goal for the win. It was a disappointing ending as they also suffered a 3-0 white wash and failed to win a single game in the series.
New Zealand, on the other hand, managed to win all three games in the ODI series. They posted a huge total of 360/6 on the board and batted first in the last match of the series. Their hitting matched their standards in this game and they will want to repeat the same in the T20I series.
Ireland are under pressure after losing three in a row, despite playing good cricket. They took away positives and will want to improve their performance in the T20I series.
Both teams want to start with a winning streak and also want to take the lead early on. However, here are three players for you to choose between the two sides as captain or vice-captain of your Dream11 team for the first T20I.

Match Preview

Ireland (IRE) meets New Zealand (NZ) in the first game of the bilateral T20I series. The New Zealand team secured a clean win in the ODI series and will look to continue their dominance of the series.
The New Zealand team will welcome players like Dane Cleaver, Mark Chapman and Ish Sodhi to the XI, unlike the last ODI game. On the other hand, Ireland is expected to keep the same lineup to start on a positive note.
New Zealand will see some changes in their squad. Mitchell Santner will lead the T20I crew with Jimmy Neesham, with Daryl Mitchell returning. The Black Caps will miss the services of Blair Tickner, who is ruled out of the series due to an injury. New Zealand will be hoping opener Martin Guptill brings his form from the third ODI into the T20Is as they want a perfect game as Ireland have scared them far too many times already for their liking.

Pitch Report

It is a balanced playing field and both bowlers and batters are expected to find support from the surface. A total score of 150 should be the minimum score at this venue, and the team that bats first has won the most games.

Toss Prediction

New Zealand won all three toss in the ODI series. They have elected to bowl first in two of the games and we expect both captains to elect to bowl first in that game.

Weather Report

Humidity increases during this game, peaking at 70% towards the end of the game.

1st T20I Probable Playing XIs


Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Andy McBrine, Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Curtis Campher, Craig Young, Joshua Little.

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Jacob Duffy, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.

Top Picks for IRE vs NZ Dream11 Match

Martin Guptill the veteran hitter comes into this game after a tumultuous century in the last ODI and would look to contribute in a similar way in this game.
Harry Tector the talented batter had 108 points in the third ODI and was the series' leading runs scorer with 225 runs.
Paul Stirling the short right-handed opener made it big in the last ODI. He hit 120 runs from 103 balls and hit 19 boundaries overall.
Andy Balbirnie the Irish skipper has scored in single digits in all three games in the ODI series. However, in the second IT20 against India, he hit 60 runs from 37 balls.
Josh Little the 22-year-old fast left-hander, won two wickets in his last IT20 against India in late June. He dismissed Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav.
Martin Guptill the highly experienced New Zealand opener, scored 115 points in Friday's final ODI of the series. In the previous IT20 duel between the teams, he scored 45 points without an out.
Daryl Mitchell the batting all-rounder has already broken many records this summer after hitting three tons and two-half centuries during the England Test series.
Lockie Ferguson despite the right-arm pace bowler scoring 0-60 in the third ODI, he's been an excellent T20 player for the past 18 months.

Let’s have a look at the squads

Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
Ireland T20I squad
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.