Zimbabwe takes on Netherlands in their first ever Bi-lateral series
Our prediction is Zimbabwe will win the match!
Zimbabwe Cricket is on a decline in the last decade and they missed out on the 2019 World Cup qualification. The Zimbabwe team will look to put up a good show against Netherland team to re-establish the game in its home soil. Hamilton Masakadza returns to the team after an injury lay-off and takes over the captaincy reigns from Peter Moor.
Zimbabwe has experienced players in form of Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, and Sikander Raza in their batting line-up. The batting looks strong and versatile on paper. Zimbabwe is expected to go in with four pace bowlers in their starting XI. Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chataru, Donald Tripano, and Kyle Jarvis will form the pace attack and will be mighty effective in the Netherland pitches. All-rounders Sikander Raza and Sean Williams will share the spin bowling duties.
Netherlands will be looking forward to this ODI series as they play ODI match after nearly 10 months. They last played ODI match in August 2018 against Nepal team. The Netherlands will look play some good cricket and show some fight against the higher ranked Zimbabwe team. Pieter Seelar takes over the captaincy duties for the Netherlands team.
Wesley Baressi, Ben Cooper, and Roelof Van der Merwe are the experienced batsmen in the team and are expected to play a big role in the middle order. Bas de Leede, Fred Klassen, and Keeper Scott Edwards have played just 2 ODI matches so far and are expected to play a huge role in this series. Paul Van Meekram will partner Captain Peter Seelaar to share the bowling responsibilities with the new ball. Saqib Zulfiqur, Max Odowd, Brandon Glover, and Vivian Kingma are the newcomers in the team and are yet to debut in the ODI format.
Roelof Van der Merwe – van Der Merwe is an experienced campaigner who has vast experience playing across different countries. He has the ability to score runs at a quick rate and bowl his quota of 10 overs in every match.
Pieter Seelar – Seelaar has taken 47 wickets in his ODI career so far and has a chance to become the third person from his country to achieve 50 wickets. Skipper needs to take wickets early in the match to restrict the opposition team.
Pieter Seelar (C), Wesley Baressi, Ben Cooper, Roelof Van der Merwe, Bas de Leede, Fred Klassen, Scott Edwards (Wk), Paul Van Meekram, Saqib Zulfiqur, Tobias Weese, Max ODowd
Pieter Seelaar, Wesley Barresi, RE Van Der Merwe, Paul Van Meekeren, VJ Kingma, Fred Klaassen, Max O'Dowd, Ben Cooper, Tobias Visee, Scott Edwards, Bas de Leede
Sean Williams – Sean Williams is one of the most experienced players having played 126 matches for Zimbabwe. He scored a brilliant century in the series against UAE earlier this year.
Kyle Jarvis – Kyle Jarvis took 10 wickets in the 4 matches he played against UAE this year. He took wickets at an impressive average of just 7.5 runs per wicket. He will be expected to play a big role with the ball in this series also.
Hamilton Masakadza (C), Jason Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Sikander Raza, Richmond Mutumbani (Wk), Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chataru, Donald Tripano, Kyle Jarvis
Ainsley Ndlovu, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, BRM Taylor, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams
Deventer has hosted only one ODI match before this match and is fairly a very new pitch on offer. Deventer pitch is known to aid faster bowlers and in the only match that took place here 17 out of 18 wickets were taken by seam bowlers. We can expect scores in a range of 220-250 runs here. The weather on match day looks cloudy and overcast with 65-75% chances of rain predicted.
Both captains will look to take advantage of the overcast conditions early in the match. They will look to put the opposition batsmen in the tougher conditions. And chasing will be the best option.
Zimbabwe has experienced players and has played cricket on bigger stages more often whereas the Netherlands are short on match time and have a very inexperienced side. But, the Netherlands will have home advantage on their side. We expect Zimbabwe to win this contest.
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