Netherlands and Ireland will start their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign in the 3rd match of the Group A encounter on Monday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It is important to know that both teams have played against each other twice in the history of the T20 World Cup.
The Netherlands won the game on both occasions. Ireland are yet to win a game against the former in the big-ticket event. They would be keen to register their first win on Monday. Here’s a look at how the teams have shaped ahead of the mega event.
There is no denying that Ireland is one of the teams to watch out for in the 2021 T20 World Cup. Over the years, they have caused quite a few upsets at big stages. And, ahead of the big tournament, they will be looking to cause a few more if not win the tournament. But right now, all their focus would on the qualifying round. They are placed alongside some great teams like Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Namibia.
They will be playing their first game of the qualifying round against the Netherlands. And all eyes would be on their top three, namely Paul Sterling, Kevin O’ Brien and Andy Balbirnie. The trio has done the bulk of the scoring for the side over the last few years now. How they perform with the bat is going to be key to their fortunes in the tournament. Ireland’s middle-order as compared to the Netherlands lack experience and it could become the difference in the match.
The likes of Harry Tector, Dockrell, Gareth Delany and Curtis Campher haven’t been too consistent and that could be a concern. In the last warm-up fixture, Gareth Delany played an outstanding 88-run knock of just 50 balls against Bangladesh. That would give him immense confidence and should keep the team in good stead.
Talking about their bowling attack, the likes of Mark Adair, Craig Young, and Josh Little will be their biggest bets. They have been pretty impressive both in terms of the economy and wickets. And as for all-rounders, Simmi Singh will be a man to watch out for. He has been one of the most valuable assets in the game, given his ability to contribute with both bat and ball.
The Netherlands are coming into this T20 World Cup game on the back of a 4-run win against Oman in a warm-up fixture in the T20 World Cup. They won both games played against Ireland in T20 World Cups and that should give them a psychological edge over their opponents.
There is no denying that Netherland possess a lot more experience than Ireland and it would make them feel a lot more confident. Players such as Ben Cooper, Pieter Seelaar, Ryan ten Deoschete, and Roelof van der Merwe are all proven match-winners and would be keen to put on a good show.
In the last game against Oman, all the players in the top five made valiant contributions with the bat. Skipper, Ben Cooper top-scored with the bat, scoring 40 off just 28 balls.
With the ball, Logan van Beek will lead the pace attack. He will be assisted by the Vivian Kingma and Timm van der Gugten. As for the spinners, Van der Merwe and Colin Ackermann’s experience should come in handy for the team.