About the Match
Zimbabwe’s tour of the Netherlands got off to a fantastic start as they demolished the hosts by six wickets thanks to some impressive performances by their fast men. Netherlands though will look to strike back in the second international and hope to pull off an upset much like what Scotland was able to a few days back.
There is no doubt that the Netherlands is the underdog in this fight but even they would have been disappointed to have been 40 for 8 at one point in the first match. With players like Myburgh, Cooper and Vender Merwe in their lineup, the Netherlands would have been hoping to put up a better show.
We expect them to bounce back though and maybe set their sights on saving wickets up front before going for their shots. Barresi, Myburgh, Cooper, Van der Merwe and Rippon all departed before the tenth over was completed, essentially ending the contest right there itself.
If the Netherlands have to be more competitive they must give themselves time and take the contest as deep as possible. We also think that the Netherlands would want to chase if they won the toss in the second match as well putting the onus on the Zimbabwe batting to set the stage.
The performance of the match for the Netherlands was given by Logan van Beek who scored an unbeaten 64, got the wicket of Masakadza and picked up a nice running catch as well. The home team would be hoping a couple of their senior players can step up in the second match and give Zimbabwe a run for their money.
The visitors would be very pleased with the manner in which they dismantled Netherlands and stamped their authority over the series. A large part of that performance was down the Zimbabwe fast bowlers, Tendai Chatara and Chris Mpofu.
Chatara took 5 of the first 6 wickets to fall and broke the back of the Netherlands batting, while Mpofu could easily have had more than the 3 wickets he ended up with.
There would be some concern about the letting up of pressure by their bowlers that eventually allowed Netherlands to recover from 40 for 8 to a total of 142. The supporting cast of Cremer, Williams, Mire and even Raza were all economical without being penetrative.
Zimbabwe has a much sterner test against Sri Lanka coming up and that is going to demand a lot more from their bowling attack.
With only a few runs to get, the Zimbabwe batsmen were never really challenged but it was nice to see them show intent none the same. Craig Ervine and Sean Williams looked in good touch and could form a strong middle order with Raza in there as well in the times to come.
Pitch and Conditions
There was some help for the bowlers with the new ball but nothing to warrant the kind of collapse Netherlands suffered. More of the same can be expected in this match where the pitch offers some movement but eases out to become a flat batting wicket afterward.
Some amount of rain is in the region but the match should be completed without much trouble.
Zimbabwe seems to have gotten over its traveling blues and should be able to win this series with ease. Back them to win this match