Netherlands vs United Arab Emirates, free match prediction 05 Aug 2019

05 Aug 2019 | 19:30 | VRA Cricket Stadium, Amstelveen
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The Netherlands will be hoping that their premier players can win this contest!

Our prediction is the Netherlands to win!

  • Ashfaq Ahmed and Muhammad Usman smashed half-centuries to help UAE register their maiden win over Netherlands in the T20 format.
  • Max O’ Dowd was the standout player for Netherlands in the opening game of the T20I series played on Saturday.
  • With this win, UAE managed to register their break their three-match losing streak against Netherlands in the T20 format.
  • Tournament: UAE tour of Netherlands, 2019
  • Format: T20 International
  • Venue: VRA Cricket Stadium, Amstelveen
  • Toss: To Bat

Match Preview

Host Netherlands will be keen to make a strong comeback when they take on UAE in the second game of the T20I series at Amstelveen on Monday.

Captain Pieter Seelaar will be hoping that the side can learn from their mistakes made in the previous game and put in an improved performance with bat and ball in order to level the four-match T20I series.

On the other hand, UAE produced an excellent performance with bat and ball in the opening game of the series. The visitors managed to eke out a close win over the Netherlands and have taken 1-0 lead in the four-match T20I series. Muhammad Naveed will be hoping that the side can continue their good show with bat and ball.

Teams Preview

Netherlands Preview

In their last match, Netherlands suffered a narrow defeat against UAE’s Muhammad Naveed, courtesy 14-run margin. Captain Pieter Seelaar will be keen to make sure that the side can raise their game with bat and ball in a bid to level the T20I series.

In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Stephan Myburgh, Ben Copper and Max O’Dowd to deliver the bulk of the runs in this game. Stephan Myburgh and Max O’Dowd played well and managed to put on a 54-run partnership for the opening wicket. Max O’ Dowd was the standout performer with the bat for Netherlands in the opening game of the T20I series. He scored 51 off 35 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.

Ben Cooper also played well and smashed 31 off 20 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. He will be looking to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in the next couple of matches. Wicket-keeper Scott Edwards also fought hard till the end and produced a quick-fire 34 runs off 20 balls with the help of five boundaries.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Brandon Glover, Hidde Overdijk and Vivian Kingma to make crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. The bowling trio conceded a lot of runs with the new ball and will need to make a considerable improvement in this game.

Captain Pieter Seelar was the standout bowler for the Netherlands in the opening game of the series. He picked one wicket and conceded only 20 runs from his four overs. Sikander Zulfiqar also bowled well and picked up one wicket from his two-over spell.

Netherlands Predicted Playing XI:

Pieter Seelaar (captain), Sikander Zulfiqar, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Saqib Zulfiqar, Brandon Glover, Scott Edwards, Vivian Kingma, Antonius Staal. Hidde Overdijk.

United Arab Emirates Preview

On the other hand, UAE will be flying high after registering a 13-run win against the Netherlands on Saturday. In the batting department, the team will be depending on the opening pair of Rohan Mustafa and Ashfaq Ahmed to provide the platform for the likes of hard-hitting Muhammad Usman to capitalize in the later stages of the innings. 

Opening batsman Ashfaq Ahmed and Rohan Mustafa put on a 41 run-partnership in the first four overs of the innings. Mustafa played an indifferent inning and scored just 8 runs in the opening game against the Netherlands

Ashfaq Ahmed played exceedingly well for the side and smashed a crucial half-century to see UAE post a competitive total on the board. He scored 54 off 35 balls with the help of eleven boundaries. UAE will be hoping that he can deliver consistent runs at the top of the innings in this series. Wicket-keeper Ghulam Shabber and Rameez Shahzad also put in crucial cameos to keep the scoreboard ticking for the UAE.

Muhammad Usman delivered a late blitz with the bat to see UAE post 181 for 5 in 20 overs. He put on a 56 run partnership with Darius D’Silva to see UAE gain much-needed momentum at the back end of the innings.

Usman scored 52 off 34 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. He was well supported by D’ Silva, who chipped in with 24 off 15 balls with the help of three boundaries.

In the bowling department, the team will be relying on Captain Muhammad Naveed and Sultan Ahmed to produce wickets with the new ball. In the previous game, off-spinner Rohan Mustafa was the standout bowler for the side and finished with figures of 2 for 26 from his four overs.

United Arab Emirates Predicted Playing XI:

Mohammad Naveed (captain), Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Muhammad Usman, Mohammad Boota, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Sultan Ahmed, Rameez Shahzad, Ahmed Raza, Darius D'Silva, Zahoor Khan

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the second game will be perfect for batting. The spinners might get some assistance from the pitch. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is going to be partly cloudy. There might some rain late in the evening.

Venue

VRA Cricket Ground Amstelveen is going to host the second T20I between Netherlands and UAE. The venue has not been a happy hunting ground for the Netherlands as they have lost their last three T20 games. UAE will be buoyed as they managed to register first win against the Netherlands in the T20 format.

Toss: To Bat

The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put big runs on the board.  The spinners might play a role in the outcome of the game.

Winning Prediction

Host Netherlands will be favorites to win their game against UAE. After suffering defeat in the first game, Netherlands will be hoping that their premier players can come to the party in this contest. Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper and Scott Edwards showed excellent form with the bat and the side will be hoping that they can continue their good form in this game as well. Expect Netherlands to beat UAE in this contest.

Author: Shoaib Z.