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Toss Winner - Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat first
Ireland beat Netherlands by 8 wickets
Ireland’s big task at hand to level series
Ireland to win
Tournament: Ireland tour of Netherlands, 2021 | Format: ODI | Venue: Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht, Netherlands | Toss: To BatBet Now
It was just the kind of start a series needed as the underdogs Netherlands managed to steal a 1-run win against the strong Irish side. In a game where the balance constantly changed the hosts held on to their nerves and defended the total successfully registering their first win against Ireland in more than 13 years!
As the battle now goes into the second game of the series the Irish side would be under pressure to perform. They have enjoyed a great record against Netherlands in the past and shall look to take inspiration from those wins. Netherland would look to win the series in two straight games and we hope to see good competition on the field.
Pieter Seelaar would be proud of the way his buys went about defending the small total and winning it by 1 run. The skipper would however be worried about the form of his batsmen as none of them in the top order held on to the crease. He would want his batsmen to stand up to the challenge in the next game and earn their first series win against Ireland.
Max O’Dowd and Stephan Myburgh got starts in the last game but they would be expected to stitch together a bigger partnership here. The middle order crumbled in the last game and better show would be needed from Seelaar, Bas de Leede and Scott Edwards. Logan van Beek, Saqib Zulfiqar and Tim van der Gugten won the match for the side with their batting and add strength to the side.
Logan van Beek and Fred Klasseen did extremely well with the new ball and shall need to come up with similar efforts in this game. Seelaar led from the front with the ball and shall look to carry his form forward. Tim van der Gugten and Brandon Glover would look to keep the scoring under check in this game.
Pieter Seelaar (c), Max ODowd, Stephan Myburgh, Ben Cooper , Scott Edwards (wk), Bas de Leede, Logan van Beek, Saqib Zulfiqar, Brandon Glover, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen
Scott Edwards, Timm van der Gugten, Logan van Beek, Pieter Seelaar, Saqib Zulfiqar, Brandon Glover, Max O'Dowd, Ben Cooper, Fred Klaassen, Bas de Leede, Stephan Myburgh
Andrew Balbirnie has his task cut out. He would want to avoid the tag of being the first Irish captain to lose a series against Netherlands. Their batting was in shambles in the last game and the skipper would want his experienced players to stand up to the challenge. The side needs to focus on building partnerships in this game.
Paul Stirling did well but William Porterfield failed on his comeback. The duo have a very important to play here. The middle order fell like a pack of cards in the last game and the side would need George Dockrell, Harry Tector and Balbirnie to score runs here. Simi Singh played a great knock in the last game and shall look to make contributions down the order with Lorcan Tucker.
Craig Young was on the money with the ball and shall look to grab early wickets in partnership with Barry McCarthy. Simi Singh gave nothing away in the last game and this strengthens their bowling. Good spells would also be needed from Andy McBrine and George Dockrell as Netherlands have shown their struggle in the last game.
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Craig Young, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy
Joshua Little, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, George Dockrell, WTS Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Barry McCarthy, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie
The skies over Utrecht would overcast on on June 4 and batting conditions are expected to be tough during the game. Fast bowlers are expected to have a good time on the surface. Any score of more than 250 runs would be a good total on this surface under these weather conditions.
Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht has a sporting wicket and batsmen have to mix caution with aggression on this surface. Fast bowlers generate good bounce and movement off this track. As for the spinners they can take advantage from the slowness in the track where the odd ball can turn sharply.
We saw the track turning difficult to bat on during the second innings in the last game. The track has been on the slower side. The conditions are expected to be good early on and thus we see the side winning the toss to opt for batting first in this game.
Netherlands have taken an early lead in the series winning the last game against all odds. The side still has few issues to settle especially with the form of their top order. It was a below par performance by Ireland in the last game and we expect them to bounce back in this game. They have a more experienced batting line-up and this would make them favorites here.
Ireland to win
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