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Netherlands’ ODI Super League debut had the makings for a close match on a big occasion. The match, and the Dutch, delivered in spades.
After Josh Little ripped through the middle order to reduce Netherlands to 53/5, the Dutch, who were then further reduced to 102/7, staged one hell of a fightback. With grim faces in the dugout, Sydney-born Timm van der Gugten led the reguard action with a fiery 49 that gave his side a fighting chance with 195 on the board. The bowlers then showed great fight and composure to win by a single run and register 10 crucial Super League points.
Ireland would have left the ground wondering how they lost that match. In control for much of the Netherlands innings, Ireland then let their poor finish with the ball creep into their batting display, losing their first three wickets for 11 runs. It was a struggle beyond that point, with Paul Stirling and Simi Singh the only two players to cross 20 as Ireland fell short of their target despite batting their full 50 overs.
Now, the Irish not only need to win to keep this series alive, but they desperately need ODI Super League points. They have won just one of eight Super League matches to date, and another defeat here may already push them too far behind the automatic qualification spots for the 2023 World Cup. All to play for.
Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
- Timm van der Gugten (49 off 53 balls and 1/28 off 10 overs) was absolutely outstanding in the first ODI. He now has nine wickets in five ODIs at an average of 12.22 and economy rate of 3.66. His all-round ability will be key again.
- Max O’Dowd was looking good in the first ODI (23 off 25 balls) before getting trapped LBW. He has scored three fifties in his five ODIs to date, and will be looking to make another 50+ score here.
- Skipper Pietar Seelar missed out with the bat, but roared back with 3/27 in his nine overs. He now has seven wickets in five ODIs vs Ireland. Like van der Gugten, Seelar’s all-round ability will be key for the Dutch once again.
- The same applies to Logan van Beek. He is coming off 29 off 48 balls and 2/44 in the first ODI. Importantly, it was his two early wickets that set the scene for Netherlands.
- Stephen Myburgh has made three starts in his ODI career against Ireland (35, 22, 20). Can he make another start but carry on this time?
- No player in history has more runs against Netherlands in ODIs than Paul Stirling. The right-hander has 355 runs in seven matches vs the Dutch at a fine average of 50.71 and strike rate of 90.10.
- Also, Stirling has been magnificent in ODIs since the start of 2019. In this period, Stirling has ammassed 1,420 runs in 26 innings at an average of 56.80.
- William Porterfield has the second-most ODI runs against Netherlands (333, avg. 47.57). He will be looking to bounce back after a low score in the first ODI (5).
- So too Andy Balbirnie. The Ireland skipper scored 795 runs at 41.84 across 2019 and 2020, but is struggling in 2021 (85 runs, avg. 14.16). Apart from one half-century, he has scored just 32 runs in his other five innings this year. Can he bounce back?
- George Dockrell struggled with the bat in his first ODI as a batting all-rounder (11 off 38 balls). Since 2017, he has averaged 101.28 in Ireland’s List A competition, so expect Ireland to persist with Dockrell in the role of number five.
- Simi Singh had a fine outing in the first ODI, part of a good 2021 so far for the off-spinning all-rounder. He found some turn in the first match, taking 1/28 off 10 overs, followed by 45 (69) with the bat. Also, he is one of four players to take at least 10 wickets in 2021 so far (11 in five matches).
- Josh Little looked in terrific form two days ago. He bowled with good pace, and troubled the Netherlands batsmen right throughout. He finished with 3/32, and will be looking to continue the fine form. Craig Young also took three wickets (3/34).
Stats and Facts
- Head-to-head: Matches 11, Netherlands 2, Ireland, 7, 1 tie, 1 no result.
- Kevin O’Brien has the most wickets of any bowler vs Netherlands in ODI history (17 in 10 matches).
- The last two ODIs between Netherlands and Ireland have been mighty close. In 2013, the teams played out a tie. Two days ago, Netherlands won by one run.
- Netherlands sit ninth in the ODI Super League table, ahead of Zimbabwe, Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Possible Playing 11
Netherlands could look to stick with the same XI that won the first ODI.
Netherlands: 1. Stephan Myburgh, 2. Max O’Dowd, 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Bas de Leede, 5. Pieter Seelaar (c), 6. Scott Edwards (wk), 7. Saqib Zuilfiqar, 8. Logan van Beek, 9. Timm van der Gugten, 10. Fred Klaassen, 11. Brandon Glover/Vivian Kingma
Will Ireland bring Kevin O’Brien into their XI? He could replace William Porterfield at the top or Harry Tector at four.
Ireland: 1. William Porterfield, 2. Paul Stirling, 3. Andy Balbirnie (c), 4. Harry Tector/Kevin O’Brien, 5. George Dockrell, 6. Lorcan Tucker (wk), 7. Simi Singh, 8. Andy McBrine, 9. Barry McCarthy, 10. Josh Little, 11. Craig Young
Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd Utrecht Pitch Report and Weather
Both sides found it difficult to hit deliveries on a length in the first ODI. The track was certainly on the slower side, with the spinners hard to get away and seamers rewarded for good lengths. We can expect a similar kind of match in similar conditions, although there is a chance of a passing shower throughout the day.
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Another fascinating battle is on the cards. The challenge for Netherlands will be to back up their great effort with another. Ireland, with more experience, will be out to bounce back. Ireland to win in a tight one and level the series 1-1.