The United Arab Emirates (UAE) began their tour of the Netherlands on a winning note. They defeated the hosts in the first of the 4-match T20I series which began on Saturday. Ashfaq Ahmed’s 35-ball 54 at the top and Mohammad Usman’s 34-ball 52 helped UAE to post 181/5 after losing the toss. The Netherlands did get off to a good start in the chase but were well behind the required rate.
The inform opener Max O’Dowd scored 51 from only 35 balls while his opening partner at the European Cricket League, scored a 20-ball 34 in this game while batting at No.4. The lack of quick-fire knocks cost the game for the Netherlands. No batsman in their top-order had a strike rate over 170. This was the main reason for the Dutch team’s defeat despite losing only four wickets in the chase.
The 2nd 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: L, T (L), W, L, W.
UAE: W, W, L, L, W.
As expected the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen turned out to be a high-scoring host. A total of 349 runs were scored during the game played on Saturday for the loss of only nine wickets. Chasing big total here can be possible but requires power hitters which the Dutch team missed in the first T20I.
Average first innings score: 174 (Last five completed T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Saqib Zulfiqar, Scott Edwards (WK), Sikander Zulfiqar, Pieter Seelaar (C), Antonius Staal, Vivian Kingma, Brandon Glover, Hidde Overdijk/Philippe Boissevain.
Bench: Hidde Overdijk/Philippe Boissevain, 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)
Stephen Myburgh in T20I cricket:
716 runs from 30 innings at an average of 25.57 with help of five fifties.
(2nd most T20I runs and most fifties in T20Is for Netherlands)
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rohan Mustafa, Max O’Dowd, Mohammad Usman, Pieter Seelaar
Vice-Captain – Stephan Myburgh, Ashfaq Ahmed, Rameez Shahzad, Ben Cooper, Zahoor Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ghulam Shabber
Batsmen – Muhammad Usman, Ben Cooper, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd (C)
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed (VC)
Bowlers – Sultan Ahmed, Zahoor Khan, Pieter Seelaar, Vivian Kingma
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Scott Edwards
Batsmen – Max O’Dowd, Antonius Staal, Rameez Shahzad, Muhammad Usman
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa (C), Sikander Zulfiqar
Bowlers – Mohammad Naveed, Sultan Ahmed, Pieter Seelaar (VC), Brandon Glover
There is hardly any difference between our Suggested XIs for this game and the previous game. However, getting the right combination of captain and vice-captain will make the difference in winning a contest.
The Netherlands is expected to bounce back and level the 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.
- World Cup
- Max O'Dowd
- Mohammad Naveed
- Pieter Seelaar
- Rohan Mustafa
- Stephan Myburgh
- United Arab Emirates
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