Netherland’s battle against history versus Ireland
Ireland to win
It is the first game of the three-match series where Netherlands would be taking on Irish side. Both the teams are coming into this series with unfavorable results in their last appearances in this format. While Netherlands failed to win against Scotland at home after taking an early lead in the series Ireland suffered a whitewash against Afghanistan earlier in the year.
Netherlands have had a poor record against Ireland in the past and have managed to defeat them just once so far in this format. They would be looking to make good use of the home advantage in this game. Ireland has a very strong batting line-up and they would look to extend their good record against the Dutch side here.
Pieter Seelaar’s side hasn’t got many opportunities in this format of the game for past decade where they have featured in only 25 games. The skipper would be upset to have not won against Scotland at home after having won the first game of the series. He would want his players to be on their toes as they take an experienced Irish side in this game.
Max O’Dowd and Stephan Myburgh would need to start the proceedings well as Ireland’s new ball attack is pretty good at the moment. In the middle order Ben Cooper would have to build partnerships with the likes of Seelaar and Scott Edwards. Logan van Beek, Tobias Visee and Tim van der Gugten with their hitting abilities add good strength to this batting line-up down the order.
Logan van Beek and Vivian Kingma would have a very important role to play with the new ball as their opponents have a very strong top order. Brandon Glover comes back to the side and he would look to make most use of the opportunity here. Philippe Boissevain, Seelaar and Tim van der Gugten would need to bowl tight spells in this game for the side to win.
Pieter Seelaar (C), Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Scott Edwards (wk), Logan van Beek, Tobias Visee, Tim van der Gugten, Vivian Kingma, Brandon Glover, Philippe Boissevain
Andrew Balbirnie’s side has lot to prove as they go into this game. They come here after suffering a 0-3 whitewash at the hands of Afghanistan. The side would however look to put that behind as they go into this game. They have a very strong batting line-up and the Irish skipper would look to take an early lead in the series.
The return of William Porterfield strengthens the batting and he would look to put up a good partnership with in-form Paul Stirling. In the middle order the side would be expecting runs from Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and Harry Tector. Lorcan Tucker, Simi Singh and Mark Adir add depth to this batting line-up.
On the bowling front good spells would be expected from Adir and Craig Young with the new ball as they will enjoy the conditions here. Andy McBrine brings in lot of experience to this bowling attack. The likes of Barry McCarthy and Simi Singh would focus on checking the flow of runs in the middle overs of the game.
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Mark Adir
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0 mm.||3.74 k/h||From: ENE||90%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||3.11 k/h||From: E||75%|
|06h||16||0 mm.||2.83 k/h||From: E||45%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||3.84 k/h||From: E||7%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||3.37 k/h||From: ESE||9%|
|15h||25||0 mm.||2.47 k/h||From: SE||54%|
|18h||23||0 mm.||1.87 k/h||From: ENE||57%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||3.28 k/h||From: E||73%|
The skies over Utrecht would clear on June 2 and we expect to see a good game of cricket. The pitch has a history of getting slower as the game progresses and batsmen would have to adjust to the pace of the surface here. Any score of more than 280 runs would be a fighting total on this track.
Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht has a lively surface and fast bowlers tend to enjoy early nip with the new ball. Batsmen who have stood their ground have score runs on this surface but they have to adjust to the pace of the ball. There isn’t much here for the spinners and they have to use their variations.
The conditions are expected to be good for batting early on and the pitch would get slower as the game progresses. Both the sides would have this in their mind and the side that wins the toss is expected to opt for batting first on this surface.
Netherlands are playing at home but that’s about the only advantage they have going into this game. They have an inexperienced middle order and their bowling attack too hasn’t done well against stronger opponents. Ireland has lot of experience and their batsmen have done well over the last couple of years and even on the bowling front the side looks good. This would make them favorites in this game.
Ireland to win