The visitors Zimbabwe utilizes the tour Netherlands in well note as they improves in all department. That gave them a second win in two matches in this limited overs series. The home team played a better game in the 2nd match, but they lost the momentum while defending the target. Zimbabwe eyes on clean-sweep and the home side Netherlands would look for some redemption by winning this game. Third match between Netherlands vs Zimbabwe is schedule to start at 11 AM Local | 2:30 PM IST on Saturday, 24th June 2017.
After that disastrous batting collapse in the first game, Netherlands batting unit came with better performances in the last match. The in-form opener Stephen Myburgh found his rhythm back and played a good knock on Thursday. His opening partner, Wesley Barresi also played a good knock. Both the openers put up a big partnership for the first wicket and both of them crossed their half-centuries respectively. Stephen Myburgh steadied the innings and started to play his shots. He smashed 13 fours and a six in his knock of 77 runs off 70 balls. He was dismissed in the 23rd over and missed an opportunity to score a century. Once Myburgh dismissed, Netherlands line-up started to shack little bit. Ben Cooper’s poor run continued as he managed to score only 14 runs. Barresi who was well settled at that point time also walked back soon after Cooper’s dismissal. He scored useful 67 runs off 91 balls. Michael Rippon and Roelof van der Merwe were developed the partnership, but their strike rate were less than 80. Rippon concluded his batting innings for 36 runs and Merwe scored 23 runs.
Skipper Peter Borren is also in poor form and that continued again on Thursday, when he lost his wicket for just 1 run. The batting hero of Netherlands in the first match, Logan van Beek once again shown his batting skills with quick 31 runs off 26 balls. This he got the company of Sikander Zulfiqar who scored 28 runs in just 19 balls with the help of 2 fours and 2 sixes. With those efforts, Netherlands finished their innings with 291 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. There were plenty of chances for the home team to level the series, but their bowling efforts were not enough to stop Zimbabweans in that game. Michael Rippon and Logan van Beek shared one wicket each, but both of them bowled at 8+ runs per over. Their main bowler Timm van der Gugten also conceded 36 runs in 5 overs spell. When all the bowlers gone expensive, Paul van Meekeren and the youngster Shane Snater bowled brilliantly in their spells. van Meekeren picked 2 for 36 in 8 overs while Snater conceded 19 runs in his 6 overs spell. End of the day Netherlands was in losing side once again.
Timm van der Gugten and Roelof van der Merwe is not in the squad for the last match on Saturday and Saqib Zulfiqar and Max O’Dowd replaces them in the squad. Both Saqib and O’Dowd are inexperienced players, also Fred Klaassen who warmed the bench in last two matches. But, Saqib Zulfiqar led Netherlands A against Kent recently, that may help him to play his first List A match on Saturday. Tobias Visee who has played 4 T20Is before, may make his debut in 50-overs match with this game. Myburgh would be a key player once again as he played good knocks throughout this season. Peter Borren, the experienced captain is in a situation to play better cricket and the day may go in his favor on Saturday. Wicket keeper Wesley Barresi and Michael Rippon also has big role to play in this last match. Among the bowlers, keep an eye on Logan van Beek. He impressed with the bat in both occasion and he could possibly bowl better bowling spell on Saturday. Paul van Meekeren is the other key bowler in the XI.
Graeme Cremer led-side started the tour with the loss against Scotland last week. But they regrouped quickly and registered hat-trick of wins in last 3 matches. Now, their focus would be on winning the series against Netherlands with clean-sweep on Wednesday. If they finish with win and whitewash and that will help them to do Sri Lanka with lot of confidence. It was a clinical performances in the first game when new ball bowlers Chatara and Mpofu destroyed Netherlands batting order. Chatara picked 5 wickets and Mpofu took 3 in that first match, but there were a contrast performance from both the bowlers in the second match. Both Chatara and Mpofu remained wicket less and bowled expensive spells. As the spinners done the job for the team in that game, Zimbabwe managed to win the game in rain affected day. Solomon Mire’s brisk 82 and Ervine’s 77 runs helped the side to taste a victory on that day.
The all rounder Solomon Mire’s poor spell of bowling continued as he gave away 38 runs in just 3 overs in powerplay. But he compensated that with bat when he scored 82 runs in just 71 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. It was his first good knock on the tour and that came at right time for him. His opening partner Hamilton Mazakadza started well once again but failed to convert into big innings. He is expected to play a good knock on Saturday and go to Sri Lanka with more confidence. After that duck out against Scotland, Craig Ervine came back strong with runs and keep on scoring runs in each match. He scored another half-century on Thursday and ended with 77 runs off 86 balls. One more big innings are possible from his bat on Saturday. All rounder Sean Williams just picked 1 wickets with bowl, then finished the game with quick-fire 29 off 19 balls. He is a man to watch for in this game.
It was Sikandar Raza’s day with ball, where he picked 3 wickets for 40 runs in 10 overs spell. He played a good knock in the first match, but fell for 9 runs in the second. He is also in good form and that would help him to shine on Saturday. Captain Graeme Cremer was expensive in his first spell, but came back well and picked 2 wickets to finish with 55 for 2 in 10 overs. Remember he picked five wickets haul against Scotland and he is capable of doing that again. Chatara and Mpofu had a straight opposite game than the first match, but both would retain their places in the XI. As Zimbabwe may look to test their bench strength, there would be no surprises if they do one or two changes.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Stephen Myburgh
- Michael Rippon
- Peter Borren
- Wesley Barresi
- Logan van Beek
- Paul van Meekeren
- Sikander Zulfiqar
- Shane Snater
- Sikandar Raza
- Hamilton Mazakadza
- Craig Ervine
- Solomon Mire
- Sean Williams
- Graeme Cremer
- Tendai Chatara
- Donald Tiripano
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
1. Stephen Myburgh, 2. Wesley Barresi, 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Michael Rippon, 5. Peter Borren, 6. Tobias Visee, 7. Sikander Zulfiqar, 8. Logan van Beek, 9. Shane Snater, 10. Paul van Meekeren, 11. Max O’Dowd / Saqib Zulfiqar.
1. Hamilton Mazakadza, 2. Solomon Mire, 3. Craig Ervine, 4. Sean Williams, 5. Sikandar Raza, 6. Ryan Burl / Chamu Chibhabha, 7. Peter Moor, 8. Malcolm Waller, 9. Graeme Cremer, 10. Tendai Chatara, 11. Chris Mpofu / Donald Tiripano.
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