The Village, Dublin
September 18th, 2019
6:00 PM IST
With the first round of fixtures done and dusted, Netherlands and Ireland face off for the first time in the tri-series on Wednesday. After the first game was washed out, Netherlands and Ireland started their campaign in contrasting fashions. While the Netherlands found themselves on the wrong side of a George Munsey-Kyle Coetzer special, Ireland put in a clinical performance with the bat to gain the four points. Considering the form of the hosts, Netherlands will definitely face a sterner test with the likes of Kevin O’Brien and Andy Balbirnie in top form as well. With vital game time on offer for fringe players on either side, an entertaining game of T20 cricket beckons for fantasy players.
A flat-track is on offer with scores of 180 being a must on this surface. The short boundaries go against the spinners although there is some turn to exploit. Change of pace is key on such a surface while the new ball bowlers should also get some swing upfront.
The weather forecast looks promising with no rain on the cards for the entire duration of the match. New ball bowlers should be supported by the overcast conditions with the spinners also coming into play later in the day
Injuries: No injury concerns were reported from either side
Paul Stirling should return to the top of the Irish batting unit. Gareth Delany’s explosive knock against Scotland should give the Irish management some food for thought. They enter the game as the firm favourites with the experience of Boyd Rankin and Gary Wilson serving them well. Young all-rounder, Mark Adair is one to watch out for with the ball in hand on Wednesday.
Gareth Delany, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Stuart Thompson, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, David Delany, Boyd Rankin and Lorcan Tucker
As for the Dutch, Brandon Glover should come into the side to strengthen the bowling unit. Better performances are expected from their top order with only Pieter Seelar coming good in their previous game. A lot depends on Max ODowd and Tobias Visee at the top of the order along with the new ball pair of Paul van Meekeren and Fred Klassen.
Max ODowd, Tobias Visee, Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards, Pieter Seelar, Antonius Staal, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Shane Snater and Brandon Glover.
Although he did get off to a start, Kevin O’Brien wasn’t able to convert it against Netherlands. He is one of the bankable players for this game along with Max ODowd and Mark Adair. Pieter Seelar played a brilliant knock in a losing cause but should continue his fine form against the Irish as well. Gareth Delany and Andy Balbirnie are also viable options in the fantasy team while only one keeper is preferred in Tobias Visee with Gary Wilson batting too deep in the Irish batting order. Paul van Meekeren had an off day against Scotland and should pick a wicket or two along with Boyd Rankin.
1. Kevin O’Brien
2. Max ODowd
3. Gareth Delany
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
Tobias Visee, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
Andy Balbirnie, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
Kevin O’Brien, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
Gareth Delany, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
Max ODowd, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
Ben Cooper, Points: 22-24, Grade: B
Pieter Seelar, Points: 24-26, Grade: B
Mark Adair, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
Shane Getkate, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Paul van Meekeren, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
Boyd Rankin, Points: 28-30, Grade: B