Preview – Strong Scotland look favourites against Netherlands
When Scotland and Netherlands met for the first time in the Ireland T20I Tri-Series 2019, there was absolute carnage. Scotland bulldozed their way to their highest T20I total of 252-3 and then went on to win the match comfortably. In fact, in the last 6 T20Is between the two sides, Scotland has won 5 times while the Netherlands managed just one victory.
Thus, when the two teams clash for their second round in the tri-series on the 19th of September on the same venue, Scotland would be quietly confident of their chances. They have shaped up to be a very strong side and look too hot to handle at the moment for Netherlands.
Scotland’s strength lies in its batting. Opener George Munsey’s mind-boggling 127 off 56 balls in the last game between the two sides was the match-defining effort. He would look to continue his good form against the same opposition along with partner and captain Kyle Coetzer who is also in good touch. Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod and Michael Leask provide further stability to the Scotland batting and would look to chip in.
In the bowling department, Scotland would have to be better. The pitch will be flat and the team would depend on seamer Alasdair Evans who returned with figures of 19-2 in the last match against Netherlands. Spinner Mark Watt can play a vital role too. Adrian Neill’s medium-pace would also be useful.
Meanwhile, in the 10 T20Is that they have played this year, the Netherlands have only won 3. They would have hence to produce something special to get past the opponents that have had the better of them in recent times.
Captain Pieter Seelaar led from the front in the last game with a solid 96. He would have to repeat that performance and hope that the top-order batsmen Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper and Tobias Visee give him support. Wicket-keeper batsman Scott Edwards could be vital too down the order.
Netherlands’ bowling is a worry. They ended up conceding a whopping 252 in the last match against the same opponents. Fred Klaassen is a talented fast bowler and the team would depend on him to stop the opposition. Shane Snater was expensive but picked up 3 wickets in the last game. He Clayton Floyd and Paul van Meekeren would really need to pull up their socks if the team has to do better.
Match prediction – Scotland vs Netherlands, 5th Match, Ireland T20I Tri-Series 2019:
The pitch at The Village, Dublin, is expected to be good for batting. The first match that was played here in the tournament saw a combined total of 446 runs being scored. In fact, in the last 15 months, totals of above 200 have been scored thrice already on the venue.
Hence, expect another high-scoring game when Scotland and Netherlands clash here for the 5th match of the Ireland T20I Tri-Series 2019. The pitch should remain true for batting throughout and the combined total by both the teams should be in the range of 370-380 runs.
Given Scotland’s recent form and the way they have dominated the Netherlands in the recent past, they are the expected winners for this contest.