Netherlands vs Ireland 2021
2nd ODI – Fri, 4th June
CAN IRELAND BOUNCE BACK?
Ireland, who began the series as favourites, were offered a surprise when the Netherlands defeated them by a fraction in the first match. The likes of Timm van der Gugten and Logan van Beek were on song with the ball as the they got past a shaky batting performance.
Although they will be watching another victory at the cost of Ireland, the Netherlands will need their batters to step up in the second game. All eyes will be on Stephan Myburgh, who is on the revival road after a couple of years of dormancy on the international track.
Possible playing XI: Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (wk), Stephan Myburgh, Ben Cooper, Pieter Seelaar (c), Timm van der Gugten, Logan van Beek, Philippe Boissevain/Saqib Zulfiqar, Brandon Glover and Fred Klaassen.
Myburgh and the rest of the Dutch batters will need to be cautious of an injured Ireland team who will be looking to level the series. Apart from Paul Stirling, none of the Irish batters were able to get going in the first match, something they will look to tackle in the second game. Despite their poor execution in the series opener, Ireland will start the forthcoming game as favourites.
Possible playing XI: Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Andy Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Will Porterfield, Josh Little, Craig Young and Simi Singh.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
As seen in the last match, the wicket is somewhat on the slower side, with plenty help on offer for the bowlers. While the speedsters should get the ball to swing and seam in the early phases, the batters should also be able to play their rounds. Wickets in hand will be vital, with spin bowlers set to play a significant role in the middle overs. Both sides will preferably look to bat first upon winning the toss, with 230 being par at this ground.
Most people foresaw that Ireland’s batting guns, and their rivals’ lack of it, would give Andrew Balbirnie’s side the advantage in the first game. Much of Ireland’s opportunities will come down to how they adjust to the situations at the Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, which they should be competent to do. And although another battle that goes down to the line is expected, the Men in Green should succeed and take the series to a tiebreaker. They begin as they favourite with the odds of 1.45, while Netherland’s trail with the odds of 2.75 despite the wonderful win.
But we are going to stick with the Netherlands in this competition. It has an exceptional bowling line-up, has established to be one of the toughest batting teams in associate cricket for quite some time now, and just gets white-ball cricket healthier than Ireland. All the burden is on Ireland coming into this game and we think that could have a big impact on the way it performs.