Netherlands look to continue their winning momentum
Our prediction is the Netherlands will win the match!
Zimbabwe came to the Netherlands with a better-experienced team and well-known players than the hosts but, they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in the ODI series. Zimbabwe will look to win the T20I series and avenge for their series defeat in the ODIs. Brendan Taylor put up a good show with the bat scoring 50+ scores in both the ODIs. Craig Ervine and Sikander Raza scored 80+ runs in the last match and helped their team post a good total on board. Skipper Masakadza and other batsmen need to stand up and perform for the team`s cause.
Their bowling unit was not able to stop the Netherland`s chase in both the ODI matches. All-rounder Sean Williams was the leading wicket-taker with 6 wickets and bowled with good control and accuracy in middle overs. All the other bowlers had a combined tally of just 4 wickets in the two matches. Experienced bowlers such as Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara, and Kyle Jarvis need to take wickets regularly to stop the opposition.
The Netherlands will be high on confidence after winning their first ever multi-match series against a full-time member nation Zimbabwe. Max ODowd had an excellent debut series with the fifties in both the matches. Roelof Van der Merwe scored a brilliant 57 runs after they were in a spot of bother. Keeper Scott Edwards responsible knock of 44* runs and Skipper Pieter Seelaar`s quickfire 32 runs off 15 balls sealed the match in Netherlands favor.
Netherlands bowling unit performed as a unit and they had five bowlers with wickets to their name in both the ODI matches. Fred Klassen led the attack and had 4 wickets in two matches giving away runs at just 4 RPO. Brandon Glover and Vivian Kingma impressed with their bowling spells and expected to slot in the starting XI in the T20Is.
Tobias Weese – Tobias Weese provided quick starts in both the matches and set the tone for the chase. He had scores of 41 & 28 in the two matches at a strike rate of over 120. His attacking starts will put the opposition bowlers off guard early in the match.
Vivian Kingma - Kingma took 2 wickets in the ODI series and bowled economically giving away runs at just 5 RPO in both the matches. He will look to bowl the same way in the T20I series too.
Recent Stats (ODI series)
Max ODowd – 145 runs, Avg. - 145, Strike rate - 73, 50s - 2, HS – 86*
Fred Klassen – 4 wickets, Eco – 4.1 RPO, BB – 2/29
Wesley Barresi, Pieter Seelaar (c), Scott Edwards (wk), Ben Cooper, Vivian Kingma, Tobias Visee, Roelof van der Merwe, Max ODowd, Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover, Paul Van Meekran
|R Van Der Merwe||57||54||5||1||105.56|
Pieter Seelaar, Wesley Barresi, RE Van Der Merwe, Paul Van Meekeren, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Max O'Dowd, Ben Cooper, Tobias Visee, Scott Edwards, Bas de Leede
Sikander Raza – Raza scored an attacking 85 runs in the last ODI match of just 68 balls. He smacked 5 boundaries and 5 sixes in that match. His quick scoring ability might come into the fore in the T20I format.
Sean Williams – Sean Williams had match figures of 2/38 & 4/43 in the two ODI matches. He had wickets more wickets than the combined tally of all other Zimbabwean bowlers. He needs to continue his good form with the ball to help his team win.
Recent Stats (ODI series)
Brendon Taylor – 122 runs, Avg. -61, Strike rate -91, 50s-2, HS-71
Sean Williams – 6 wickets, Eco – 5.1 RPO, BB -4/43
Hamilton Masakadza (c), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor/Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chatara, Ainsley Ndlovu
Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Chris Mpofu, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, BRM Taylor, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams
Rotterdam pitch will aid the faster bowlers and provide some swing and seam movement of the deck. Batsmen will find run-scoring difficult here. The highest T20I score recorded here so far is 159 runs. The weather on match day looks bright and clear with just 2-3% chances of rain predicted. No weather interruptions are expected in this match.
Netherlands have won both their ODI matches chasing and teams nowadays are confident of chasing down any total. Both captains will look to chase down the total.
Zimbabwe has a poor record in T20I format and is low on morale after their ODI series defeat. The Netherlands, on the other hand, will be delighted after their ODI series win and will be looking to continue to their good form. We expect the Netherlands to win this contest.
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