07 Jun 2021 19:16:53

  • Match: 3rd ODI.
  • Teams: Ireland Vs Netherlands.
  • Venue: Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht.
  • Time: 2:00 pm IST.
  • Preview: Netherlands won the first game of the series by 1 run. Ireland won the second game convincingly by 8 wickets. Now everything is to be played for in the series decider. The momentum is with Ireland and they are the favourites to win. Yet, Netherlands can be unpredictable in the home conditions.
  • Pitch Report: A fresh strip is expected for the 3rd ODI. The pitch generally gets slower with time. Netherlands have lost 20 wickets in 2 games on this pitch. Spinners bowling in second innings would be useful.
  • Weather Report: A bright day is predicted at Utrecht with temperature around 18 degrees.


  • Last H2H Records:

1st ODI: IRE vs NED on 02.06.2021.

NED: 195/10.

              Van der Gugten: 49 & 25/1 (9).

Van Beek: 29 & 44/2 (10).

Max O Dowd: 23.

Seelar: 27/3 (9).

Klaassen: 28/1 (10).


IRE: 194/9.

              Stirling: 69.

Simi Singh: 45 & 28/1 (10).

Young: 34/3 (10).

Little: 32/3 (10).


2nd ODI: IRE vs NED on 04.06.2021.

NED: 157/10.

              Max O Dowd: 36.

Bas de Leede: 23.

Scott Edwards: 23.

Van Beek: 22 & 34/1 (7).

Seelaar: 38/1 (9).


IRE: 158/2.

Balbirne: 63.

Stirling: 52.

Tector: 30.

Young: 18/4 (9.2).

Little: 39/4 (10).

McBrine: 28/1 (10).


Series Performers:

Highest Run Getter:

Stirling: 121 runs (2 matches). (Scored 2 50s in 2 Run Chases).

Balbirne: 67 runs (2 matches). (Looked promising in 2nd ODI).

Max O Dowd: 59 runs (2 matches). (Got starts in both matches failed to convert).

Van Beek: 51runs (2 matches). (Needed to step up due to 2 Top order failures).


Highest Wicket Taker:

Young: 7 wickets (2 matches). (Was the pick of the bowlers in 2nd game).

Little: 7 wickets (2 matches), (Hard to score of, best bowler in Ireland team).

Seelaar: 4 wickets (2 matches). (Bowled well and got wickets against the run of play).

Van Beek: 3 wickets (2 matches). (Decent yet not so impressive).


           H2H Records: In 12 H2H Matches Ireland leads by 8:3 against Netherlands.

           The 2 sides last faced each other way back in 2013 but recently their A sides featured in a 3 Match series where the Ireland A beat Netherlands A 2-1. Some of the performers in that series are:

  • Recent Performers:


Harry Tector: 128 runs (3 inns).

George Dockrell: 56 runs, 1 wicket (3 inns).

Graeme McCarter: 9 wickets (3 inns).

Craig Young: 5 wickets (3 inns).



Tobias Visée: 75 runs (3 inns).

Logan van Beek: 59 runs, 2 wickets, (2 inns).

Scott Edwards: 56 runs (3 inns).

Vivian Kingma: 5 wickets (2 inns).


Also, Netherlands played a series against Scotland in May 2021.



Max O’Dowd: 90 runs (2 inns).

Scott Edwards: 60 runs (2 inns).

Stephan Myburgh: 45 runs (2 inns).

Vivian Kingma: 5 wickets (Logan van Beek 2 inns).


  • Observations:
  1. Max o Dowd looked in good touch and so was Myburgh. Scott Edwards looked promising. However, the X Factor was missing in Netherland’s batting.
  2. Klaassen is a good pick among the bowlers as he swung the ball in to the Irish batsmen but was unlucky. His left arm angle made it difficult to attack him.
  3. Stirling looked in decent touch once again in the run chase. Balbirne too looked in good form. Tector too looked solid at his stay.
  4. Young and Little bowled beautifully especially Little who swung the ball into the right-handed batsmen with his left arm angle.
  5. Porterfield looked out of touch and could be replaced with Kevin O Brien in the series decider.
  6. The pitch looked slower in the 2nd ODI and unless a fresh strip is provided it is expected to stay the same. The outfield too looked very slow and the batsmen had to run a lot of 1s and 2s.


  • Bowlers used in Start and Death:


Start: Mccarthy, Young.

Death: Young, Little (slow balls).



Start: Klaassen (left arm), Van Beek.

Death: Klaassen, Van Beek.


  • Probable Xi:

Ned: Stephan Myburgh, Max ODowd, Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Pieter Seelaar(c), Scott Edwards(w), Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Vivian Kingma.

(Netherlands are expected to field the same Xi,however Kingma should be given a game ideally at the expense of Glover).

Ire: Kevin O Brien, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker(w), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Craig Young.

(Porterfield looked out of touch and ideally should be replaced with Kevin O Brien for the series decider. Also McCarter could be given a game.)


  • Fantasy Team:

Wk:  Edwards.

Batsmen: Stirling, Balbirne, Max O Dowd, Kevin O Brien.

All Rounders: Seelar, Van Beek, Simi Singh.

Bowlers: McCarthy, Little, Klaassen.


Safe C/Vc: Stirling, Seelaar, Max O Dowd.

Differential C/Vc: Little,Van der Gugten, Van Beek.

Risky C/Vc: Myburgh, Young, Kevin O Brien.

GL Pick: Kevin O Brien if he plays. You can also pick a bowler as a captain in GL.


Updated after toss....


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