Netherlands will be hosting United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a 4-match T20I series that will be played across six days in Amstelveen and Hague. Not so long ago, the V.O.R Rotterdam team consisting of Netherlands Internationals and led by Pieter Seelaar won the inaugural European Cricket League T10 held in Spain. A couple of U.A.E players were busy with their stints at the Global T20 Canada till Thursday, two days before this T20I series.
The Netherlands has been good in the T20Is this year having won three out of the five games they played. They lost to Ireland in a T20I when Stuart Poynter hit a six on the last ball. Earlier in June, the Dutch team were involved in a dramatic T20I against Zimbabwe which they lost in the Super Over. On the other hand, UAE lost a 3-match T20I series against Nepal which they led 1-0 a stage and later defeated the USA by 1-0 in a 2-match series.
The 1st game of the four-match T20I series between the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be hosted by the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (7:30 PM IST) (4:00 PM GMT).
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Last five completed T20I matches:
Netherlands: T (L), W, L, W, W.
UAE: W, L, L, W, L.
The VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen has been a high-scoring venue for Twenty20s. During the last year’s T20I Tri-Series, Scotland posted 220+ total and chased down a 161-run target against the hosts on consecutive days. While the track remains good for batting, the strengths in the batting line-up of the teams will decide whether it will be a high-scoring one or not.
Average first innings score: 172 (Last four completed T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Saqib Zulfiqar, Scott Edwards (WK), Sikander Zulfiqar, Pieter Seelaar (C), Sebastiaan Braat, Vivian Kingma, Brandon Glover, Philippe Boissevain.
Bench: Hidde Overdijk, Antonius Staal.
Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Muhammad Usman, Rameez Shahzad, Ghulam Shabber (WK), Mohammad Boota, Mohammad Naveed (C), Ahmed Raza, Sultan Ahmed, Qadeer Ahmed, Zahoor Khan.
Bench: Waheed Ahmed, Darius D’Silva, Zawar Farid.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Rohan Mustafa in T20I cricket:
With bat – 462 runs from 26 innings at an average of 18.48 with help of two fifties.
With ball – 20 wickets from 25 innings at an average of 25.35 and a strike rate of 21.2.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rohan Mustafa, Max O’Dowd, Mohammad Naveed, Pieter Seelaar
Vice-Captain – Stephan Myburgh, Rameez Shahzad, Ben Cooper, Zahoor Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Scott Edwards
Batsmen – Muhammad Usman, Rameez Shahzad, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd (C)
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa (VC), Ashfaq Ahmed
Bowlers – Mohammad Naveed, Pieter Seelaar, Vivian Kingma, Brandon Glover
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Ghulam Shabber
Batsmen – Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Rameez Shahzad, Mohammad Boota
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa (C), Sikander Zulfiqar
Bowlers – Sultan Ahmed, Zahoor Khan, Pieter Seelaar (VC), Vivian Kingma
There are three quality players from each team in the bowlers’ category for this game:
UAE – Mohammad Naveed, Sultan Ahmed and Zahoor Khan
Netherlands – Pieter Seelaar, Vivian Kingma and Brandon Glover
Naveed and Seelaar become the first choice picks due to the dual role they offer. The remaining spots can be covered up with the remaining four.
Netherlands are expected to go 1-0 up in this 4-match T20I series.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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