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T20 World Cup 2024: New Zealand v Uganda – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The State of Play

It’s do-or-die for New Zealand as they prepare to take on Uganda in their penultimate Group C game at the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Losses to the West Indies and more shockingly Afghanistan have derailed the Black Caps’ campaign this summer but there is still time for them to salvage a spot in the Super 8s.

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They are relying on Afghanistan to lose to Papua New Guinea to keep those hopes alive but they must win against Uganda and then the Barramundis, all while overturning the former’s superior net run rate.

It is a big ask and every single player on the pitch will have to be at their best to score two mammoth victories in the final days.

Last time out against the West Indies was a marked improvement to their dismal display against Afghanistan, but they still fell short by 13 runs.

The Windies set a total of 149 after 20 overs, with Trent Boult standing out for New Zealand, taking three wickets from four overs.


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Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham all took two but gave up 75 runs between them.

In the chase, opener Devon Conway went for just five runs from eight balls while captain Kane Williamson was dismissed for one.

However, Glenn Phillips helped drive the Black Caps with 40, while Finn Allen hit 26.

In the end, it was not enough but Williamson insists that his side must pick themselves up for two more huge matches.

He said: “We cannot make excuses, we just need to bounce back quickly.

“We are back on in a couple of days and we want to see better and smarter performances.

“The effort was there, and it’s important that we pick ourselves up and go again.”

Uganda may be fearing the wrath of New Zealand having been comfortably beaten by the Windies on Sunday.

They scored a measly 39 runs as they attempted to chase down 173, with Akeal Hosein taking five wickets for the home side.

Only Juma Miyagi scored more than ten runs and he was also the only Uganda player to survive for more than 10 balls.

Captain Brian Masaba stepped up to take two wickets in the opening innings but he gave up 31 runs, only Cosmas Kyewuta forfeited more.

Riazat Ali Shah was the main man during their win over Papua New Guinea, scoring 33 runs.

Uganda will be hoping he can step up as they face another tough task.

Expected line-ups

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Mark Chapman.

Uganda: Brian Masaba (c), Roger Mukasa (wk), Arnold Otwani, Dinesh Nakrani, Riazat Ali Shah, Kenneth Waiswa, Frank Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo, Charles Waiswa, Cosmas Kyewuta, Bilal Hassan.

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 1.30am UK time on Saturday morning.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.

Prediction

This game is going to be a great watch because of the stakes for both teams.

Nothing but a win will do for the Black Caps and even that may not be enough to secure their safe passage through to the Super 8s.

Uganda’s win over Papua New Guinea keeps them in the running to move on but they face another stern test that could see them humiliated like against the West Indies.

We can only see a commanding New Zealand win at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.
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