The visitors Zimbabwe thrashed the top and middle-order of Netherlands batting line-up to registered a comfortable win in the first match on Tuesday, thanks to the new-ball bowlers Chatara and Mpofu. As the home team looks to come back in the three match series and take revenge on Zimbabwe for the defeat in the first match, the 2nd match gets lot more interesting factors to watch out for. The 2nd One-Day match (List A) between Netherlands vs Zimbabwe is scheduled to start at 11 AM Local | 2:30 PM IST on Thursday, 22nd June 2017.
As the Netherlands lost their ODI status back in 2014, this series turned out as a List A matches. The home team needs a series win to make a strong mark in get back an ODI status. The complete batting failure caused them a first match on Tuesday, still they managed to score 142 runs on the board from 40 for 8. The blistering half-century by the bowler Logan van Beek at lower down the order and his 9th wicket partnership of 84-runs with Timm van der Gugten helped the team to post 142 runs. The Orange bowlers managed to pick 4 wickets while defending the small target of 143 runs. Some of them bowled at decent pace and economy, but the score on the board was not enough to defended.
Netherlands gone with their best batting line-up on Tuesday, but everything gone against them. The experienced Stephen Myburgh and Wesley Barresi started the innings for Netherlands other day and their partnership lasted only for first 3 overs. Barresi who are well experienced in the format, dismissed for 4 runs and that was the start of Netherlands batting collapse. There were plenty of expectations on Myburgh, but he walked back soon after Barresi’s dismissal and he managed to score only 14 runs. Zimbabwean pacer Tendai Chatara cleared up the top order in quick time and with that Netherlands lost 4 wickets for just 28 runs. Both Michael Rippon and Roelof van de Merwe walked back to the pavilion without scoring any runs. Captain of the side, Peter Borren also dismissed early and he was the fifth victim of Chatara’s spell. Ben Cooper managed to score just 6 runs in his 21-balls innings. Batters in lower middle-order Sikander Zulfiqar and Shane Snater also dismissed cheaply and let the team down for 40/8.
At that point of time, everyone feared that Netherlands would bowled out inside 20 overs. But, the bowlers Logan van Been and Timm van der Gugten had other ideas and fought hard in the middle to score runs for their team. van Beek remained unbeaten with 64 runs and van der Gugten scored 34 useful runs for his team. As the uncapped Fred Klaassen and the in-experienced Tobias Visee are left in the squad, Netherlands would play with the same batting line-up once again and may give an another chance to their experienced players. Lot of expectation of their all rounder Roelof van der Merwe, but he had a bad day at the office on Tuesday. He dismissed for golden duck and just bowled 2 overs with ball. The other bowlers in the side, Shane Snater, Michael Rippon, Paul van Meekeren and Logan van Beek shared a wicket each in the last match. Netherlands has well balanced side, but nothing worked out on their way on Tuesday. As it is a new game and new day, chances are high for the same side to shock the Zimbabweans on Thursday. Stephen Myburgh, Roelof van der Merwe, Peter Borren and Logan van Beek are the key players of Netherlands for this game. Michael Rippon could possibly gives you lot of fantasy points with his all round performances.
Graeme Cremer led Zimbabwe side started the busy away tour with a loss against Scotland last week. But they re-grouped quickly and registered two back-to-back wins in a row, including the win on Tuesday. Zimbabwe’s bowling came to life in the last of their matches. Zimbabwe playing 3 matches limited overs series against Netherlands and they take this tour as a practice ahead of an important tour of Sri Lanka. It was a clinical performances by Zimbabwe on Tuesday, especially their new ball bowlers done all the damages to the opposition. The most impressive spells of Tendai Chatara and Chris Mpofu gifted a victory to their team. Zimbabwean should continue their domination in the series to finish it in high note before leaving to Sri Lanka.
The fifer of Chatara was the talking point of that match on Tuesday. Tendai Chatara had an average outing in Scotland where he bowled at 6+ runs per over. In the first match, he bowled 8 overs and picked a wicket for 63 runs. In the second match, he remained wicket less in his 6 overs spell. After those poor performances, the leader of Zimbabwe’s pace attack came back with strong spell and claimed 5 wickets inside his 7 overs. He finished with 5/34 in his 10 overs spell. His partner with new ball, Christopher Mpofu also gave his best efforts to pick 3 wickets in that game. He also remained wicket-less against Scotland on last Saturday, then claimed 3/30 in his 9 overs spell on Tuesday. There could be big responsibilities on both of their shoulders after that impressive performances, both of them are expected to bowl another good spell of new ball bowling on Thursday. The all rounders Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza and Solomon Mire accompanied their pace bowlers with good spell of bowling. Both Raza and Mire shared wicket each in that game. But the all rounder Sean Williams will be the key player of Zimbabwe. His all round performances could change the game at any moment. We have witnessed those in past and his days are not far away.
Zimbabwe still hold Chamu Chibhabha on the bench. As Solomon Mire played only one good innings in the three outings, some chances are there for Chibhabha to make appearance on Thursday. He done well for the team over the years and Zimbabwe needs to test with him before Sri Lanka tour. He also has chances to replace Ryan Burl in the middle-order. The experienced Hamilton Mazakadza yet to play a big knock on this European tour, but he used to play useful cameos in all three matches. Craig Ervine was back in form and that strengths Zimbabwe’s batting. He scored 44 runs on Tuesday, he may possibly convert that into big scores on Thursday. Sikandar Raza who scored half-century against Scotland, remained unbeaten against Netherlands on Tuesday. He is well experienced middle-order batsman and he is also one of the key player in the team. All rounder Sean Williams would be the major key player with his sensible batting and useful left-arm spin. We should not forget the bowling effort of captain Graeme Cremer in the second ODI against Scotland where he picked five wickets for just 29 runs. He also in the line to bowl an another impressive and match winning spell on Thursday.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Stephen Myburgh
- Ben Cooper
- Michael Rippon
- Roelof van der Merwe
- Peter Borren
- Timm van der Gugten
- Logan van Beek
- Paul van Meekeren
- Hamilton Mazakadza
- Craig Ervine
- Sean Williams
- Sikandar Raza
- Graeme Cremer
- Tendai Chatara
- Chris Mpofu
- Chamu Chibhabha
POSSIBLE LINE-UPS :
1. Stephen Myburgh, 2. Wesley Barresi, 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Michael Rippon, 5. Peter Borren, 6. Roelof van der Merwe, 7. Sikander Zulfiqar / Tobias Visee, 8. Logan van Beek, 9. Timm van der Gugten, 10. Shane Snater, 11. Paul van Meekeren.
1. Hamilton Mazakadza, 2. Solomon Mire / Chamu Chibhabha, 3. Craig Ervine, 4. Sean Williams, 5. Sikandar Raza, 6. Malcolm Waller, 7. Ryan Burl, 8. Peter Moor, 9. Graeme Cremer, 10. Chris Mpofu, 11. Tendai Chatara.
MUST PICKS :
- NETHERLANDS : Stephen Myburgh, Roelog van der Merwe, Peter Borren and Logan van Beek
- ZIMBABWE : Hamilton Mazakadza, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Tendai Chatara and Graeme Cremer.
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