The United Arab Emirates (UAE) took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 4-match T20I series on their tour of Netherlands. UAE restricted the hosts to 168/4 in the first game after they posted 181/5 in their 20 overs. In the 2nd T20I, the hosts couldn’t recover after losing early wickets. Rohan Mustafa claimed three wickets while Zahoor Khan took a couple to limit the Netherlands to 136/9 after electing to bowl.
The visiting side had contributions flowing in from their top-order batsmen. The Netherlands tried to pick wickets at regular intervals but the required rate never created pressure. Rameez Shahzad played a pivotal role in the chase with a 41-ball 49 before being dismissed in the 18th over. The run chase came to an end with three deliveries to spare after UAE lost five wickets.
The 3rd game of the four-match T20I series between the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be hosted by the Sportpark Westvliet in The Hague.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (7:30 PM IST) (4:00 PM GMT).
Last five completed T20I matches:
Netherlands: L, L, T (L), W, L.
UAE: W, W, W, L, L.
Sportpark Westvliet will host an international match for the first time since 2012. The venue hosted Bangladesh in three T20Is that had totals between 125 and 165. However, considering the recent matches played at the venue, anything above 150 can be expected.
Average first innings score: 145 (T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Saqib Zulfiqar, Scott Edwards (WK), Sikander Zulfiqar, Pieter Seelaar (C), Philippe Boissevain, 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, Waheed Ahmed, Zahoor Khan.
Bench: Qadeer Ahmed, Darius D’Silva, Zawar Farid.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Zahoor Khan in T20I cricket:
14 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 17.92 and a strike rate of 15.6.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rohan Mustafa, Max O’Dowd, Mohammad Usman, Ben Cooper
Vice-Captain –Pieter Seelaar, Ashfaq Ahmed, Rameez Shahzad, Stephan Myburgh, Zahoor Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Scott Edwards
Batsmen – Muhammad Usman, Ben Cooper, Rameez Shahzad, Max O’Dowd (VC)
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa (C), Ashfaq Ahmed, Sikander Zulfiqar
Bowlers – Zahoor Khan, Pieter Seelaar, Vivian Kingma
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Ghulam Shabber
Batsmen – Saqib Zulfiqar, Stephan Myburgh, Rameez Shahzad, Ben Cooper (C)
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed (VC), Sikander Zulfiqar
Bowlers – Mohammad Naveed, Pieter Seelaar, Vivian Kingma
The two T20Is so far witnessed the senior and inform players earing the most number of points. The same could continue in the remainder of the series and selection of senior players of both the teams will be crucial.
The Netherlands are expected to win their first game of 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
- Zahoor Khan
- United Arab Emirates
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