Netherlands vs Ireland 2021
3rd ODI – Mon, 7th June
CAN IRELAND BOUNCE BACK?
The Netherlands, with the addition of Stephan Myburgh and Logan van Beek, have already indicated that they are adept of beating Ireland. Nevertheless, they botched to deliver on the batting facade in the second game.
The Netherlands would be very frustrated at their failure to translate starts into something more significant. In two games, now, a good beginning has been wasted with a failure in the middle order. Wickets seem to fall in clusters and make it hard for any sort of momentum to be retained. The Dutch will need the likes of Bas de Leede and Max O’Dowd to score big if they are to come close to defeating the Irish.
Possible playing XI: Max O’Dowd, Pieter Seelaar (c), Timm van der Gugten, Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (wk), Logan van Beek, Stephan Myburgh, Philippe Boissevain, Brandon Glover and Fred Klaassen.
After a disheartening defeat to the Dutch in the first ODI, Ireland came up with a spectacular bowling routine to level the series earlier in the week. The pair of Josh Little and Craig Young took eight wickets between them to disrupt the Netherlands, with Paul Stirling gleaming with the bat yet again. With impetus on their side, Ireland will look to clinch a series victory, although it isn’t going to be an easy job.
An exceptional performance in the prior game would have given a lot of support to Ireland. The difference between the two sides is essentially down to the performance of Paul Stirling in this series. He has been prominent from the front and has scored runs in both games so far.
Possible playing XI: Paul Stirling, Will Porterfield, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Andy Balbirnie (c), Josh Little, Craig Young and Simi Singh.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
Although a fresh wicket is anticipated on Monday, there should be enough help on bid for the bowlers to keep them involved. While there will be some seam and swing accessible with the new ball, the batsmen will focus on the powerplay overs to score fast runs. The wicket will get denser as the game progresses, bringing the spin bowlers into play. Both sides will look to bat first upon winning the toss, with 220-230 being par at this ground.
We are going to back Ireland to win this game and the series. There is not too much variation in the teams but a better knowledge of the ODI format, as well as the form of Paul Stirling with the bat, give it the advantage. And hence, Ireland begins this game as the favourites with the odds of 1.54 and Netherlands trail at 2.60.
Both teams have flaws and a modest bowling attack to work with, but it is the Irish batting that could help it triumph this game. With the series on the line, both sides will go all-out for the victory in what guarantees to be an enjoyable match at the Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd on Monday.