The Netherlands host Ireland for a three-match ODI series starting Wednesday, June 2 2021. Three matches will be played within a week at the Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht. There is a lot at stake for these two teams in this series. A win in these series for either of these teams can help them strengthen their position for the next World Cup qualification. The next ODI World in 2027 will see 14 teams being able to participate in the tournament. The CWC is a way to make a case for participation in the next ODI World Cup.
For the Netherlands, this is their very first game of this campaign. They are yet to get started in the league. A win in the series will help them to get up the points table. The Dutch will be playing tougher teams like England, New Zealand and South Africa later in the competition and thus a series win in these three games will do a world of good.
For Ireland, if they win the series they can get upto number two on the points table and be joint second with England. Every victory, not only earns the Irish team 10 points but also denies the Dutch 10 points as well. The side has played six games in the competition so far losing five of them.
Netherlands vs Ireland 2021, 1st ODI: Pitch Report
The ground has hosted 12 T20I games so far with the team chasing having won 10 times. However lot of rain in the past month means that the pitch will be lower and slower with run-scoring not an easy option for batsmen. The batters will have to grind out their runs. The team winning the toss will look to bowl first and pick up early wickets due to the overhead conditions. Chasing has been the way to go so far and it remains to be the same. A smaller ground will means lots of runs in store as well.
Netherlands vs Ireland 2021, 1st ODI: Weather Report
The weather has not been good at the Netherlands in the past month. There has been lot of rainfall. The wind gusts will be around 15 km/h with temperatures hovering around 24 degrees Celsius as per AccuWeather. Rain might play a spoilsport in the contest and in the process may damage an already dampened pitch.
Total matches- 12
Average 1st Inns scores- 87
Average 2nd Inns scores- 84
Matches won batting first -2
Matches won bowling first -10