Ireland and Netherlands lock horns in the Pentangular T20I series!
Expect Netherlands to beat Ireland in this contest!
Ireland will be looking to turn their fortunes around when they take on the Netherlands in the second game of Pentangular T20I series at Al-Amerat Cricket Stadium in Oman on Saturday. Captain Gary Wilson will be hoping that the side can deliver a decent performance in this opening fixture. The side will be looking to select their best combination in a bid to win their opening game against Netherlands.
On the other hand, the Netherlands will be looking to get off to a positive start in the competition. Captain Pieter Seelaar will be hoping that the side can adjust to the conditions and put on a strong show against Ireland.
Ireland has suffered from inconsistency in the T20 format and will be looking to produce positive results in this Pentangular T20 competition. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the experienced trio of Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and Andy Balbirnie to deliver the bulk of runs. All-rounder Kevin O’Brien has been in excellent form with the bat in the T20 format this year. He has accumulated 397 runs in 11 matches at an average of 36.09 with three half-centuries to his name. Swashbuckling opener Paul Stirling is one player who likes to play his shot and score quickly in the Powerplay overs. In eight games played this season, Stirling has scored 335 runs at an average of 47.85 with four half-centuries to his name.
Andy Balbirnie has also delivered consistently good performances for the side in the T20I games played this year. He has accumulated 334 runs in 11 matches at an average of 37.11. The team management will be hoping that the experienced players can deliver the goods for Ireland in this opening fixture. Captain Gary Wilson will need to lead from the front and put in a notable score in this opening fixture. Rookie Harry Tector, Mark Adair and Lorcan Tucker will need to contribute with the bat in order for Ireland to post a competitive score on the board in this game. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin and Craig Young to provide crucial breakthroughs. David Delaney and George Dockrell are other bowling options for Ireland for this game.
Gary Wilson (captain), Harry Tector, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, Mark Adair, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Stuart Thompson, David Delaney, George Dockrell, Craig Young.
Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, CA Young, WB Rankin, Paul Stirling, Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, GC Wilson, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie
Pieter Seelaar-led unit will be keen to produce a clinical performance with bat and ball against Ireland. The side has struggled to produce positive results in the T20I cricket. The Netherlands have lost seven games out of 11 T20Is played so far this year. In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper and Tobias Visee to deliver the runs with the bat. Opening batsman Max O’Dowd has been a consistent performer in the T20 format. He has delivered consistent scores for the side in the T20 format this season. O’Dowd has accumulated 369 runs in 11 matches at an average of 33.54 with four half-centuries to his name. Besides O’Dowd, Ben Cooper has also produced notable scores for the side this season. In the 11 T20I games played so far, Cooper has scored 326 runs at an average of 40.75 with three half-centuries to his name.
Middle-order comprising of debutant Colin Ackermann, wicket-keeper Scott Edwards and Captain Pieter Seelaar will need to contribute with crucial runs in this game. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Pieter Seelaar, Fred Klaassen and Brandon Glover to make crucial breakthroughs in this contest. Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren and Shane Snater are other bowling options for the side.
Pieter Seelaar (Captain), Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Tobias Visee, Scott Edwards, Ben Cooper, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Shane Snater, Antonius Staal.
RE Van Der Merwe, Paul Van Meekeren, Pieter Seelaar, Tonny Staal, Brandon Glover, Colin Ackermann, Ben Cooper, Tobias Visee, Scott Edwards, Max O'Dowd, Shane Snater
The wicket prepared for the game will provide a decent contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is going to clear skies with a gentle breeze.
Al-Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat, Oman is going to second game of Pentangular T20I series between Ireland and Netherlands. Overall, Netherlands have an excellent head-to-head record against Ireland. Ireland will take heart from the fact that they managed to beat Netherlands by a close margin in a game played at this venue earlier this year.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. Average score at the venue is around 150 to 160 runs.
After analyzing both the teams, Netherlands will favorite to win their game against Ireland. With the inclusion of Colin Ackermann and Roelof van der Merwe, Netherlands have a superior batting lineup in comparison to Ireland.
Expect Netherlands to beat Ireland in this contest!