The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have dominated their T20I series against the Netherlands. The visiting team has won three matches in succession and have already pocketed the series. The hosts have had their moments, but haven’t been able to tighten the screws enough, letting their opposition off the hook. On the other hand, the UAE have pulled themselves out successfully in a few instances.
The visitors will be high on confidence after their 14-run victory, that helped them seal the series, at the Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague. At the very venue, they will be looking for a resounding whitewash. The Netherlands, on the other hand, will be looking to salvage some much-needed pride, winning the final encounter.
The 4th 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, T (L), W, L, L
UAE: W, W, L, L, W
The venue has hosted only four games thus far and it hasn’t been a high-scoring ground. The average score will suggest that bowlers will get assistance from the strip. Rohan Mustafa is the highest wicket-taker, which shows that the deck has something for the spinners.
Average first innings score: 147 (T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
There are no chances of rain during match time and the sun will also be out for some time. The atmosphere is a pleasant one for cricket with the temperature around the 20 degrees Celsius. The humidity won’t be on the high side with the numbers in the 50s.
Probable Playing XIs
Antonius Staal/Stephen Myburgh, Max ODowd, Ben Cooper, Saqib Zulfiqar, Sikander Zulfiqar, Pieter Seelaar (C), Scott Edwards (wk), Hidde Overdiijk, Sebastiaan Braat, Philippe Boissevain, Brandon Glover.
Bench- Antonius Staal/Stephan Myburgh, Vivian Kingma.
United Arab Emirates
Ashfaq Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Darius D’Silva, Rameez Shahzad, Muhammad Usman, Mohammad Boota, Zawar Farid, Mohammad Naveed (C), Ahmed Raza/Waheed Ahmed, Qadeer Ahmed.
Bench- Sultan Ahmed, Waheed Ahmed/Ahmed Raza, Zahoor Khan.
Injury and Availability News
(Will be added when there is an update)
Ashfaq Ahmed is the leading run-scorer of the series, having notched 135 runs at an average of 45 and strike-rate of 139.17. He has a couple of half-centuries as well. Ahmed has also hit the maximum number of fours (18) in the series, numbers which show his good run of form.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection
Captain – Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Ben Cooper
Vice-Captain – Max ODowd, Pieter Seelaar, Muhammad Usman
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues
Keeper – Ghulam Shabber
Batsmen – Rameez Shahzad, Muhammad Usman, Max O’Dowd (vc), Ben Cooper
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa (c), Ashfaq Ahmed, Hidde Overdiijk
Bowlers – Qadeer Ahmed, Pieter Seelaar, Sebastiaan Braat.
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues
Keeper – Ghulam Shabber, Scott Edwards
Batsmen – Max O’Dowd, Antonius Staal, Ben Cooper
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed (c), Darius D’Silva
Bowlers – Mohammad Naveed, Pieter Seelaar (vc), Sebastiaan Braat.
Rohan Mustafa will be the obvious temptation for the captain since he opens the batting and bowls his quota of four overs. But with the likes of Max O’Dowd and Ashfaq Ahmed doing well, even they won’t be bad choices for the Captain’s role.
The UAE are likely to complete with a sweep.
*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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