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Netherlands and Zimbabwe are playing a hurried series against each other while the ICC World Cup 2019 is going on. Needless to say, it is not a series that is attracting too much attention. There is also some rain around which has not helped matters either.
Of course, there is a deeper narrative to this series as well. Zimbabwe is a full member nation that missed out on World Cup qualification while the Netherlands is an associate nation that felt the current world cup format is designed to exclude teams like it.
If the Netherlands can win this series against Zimbabwe then they are going to be asking some tough questions of the ICC for sure. A win in this first game has ensured that the Netherlands cannot lose this two-match ODI series.
Winning it against a full-strength Zimbabwe side is going to be a whole another matter, though.
An excellent bowling performance and a very professional batting performance was the reason behind the win in the first match for the Netherlands. They lost the toss and were told to bowl first, something that we think they would have accepted with glee.
An incisive opening burst from Fred Klaassen pegged Zimbabwe back and the visitors never really gained control after that.
All the bowlers took wickets with Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, and Pieter Seelaar taking two wickets each. The regular breakthroughs also meant that the Netherlands never let Zimbabwe’s scoring rate rise. As a result, the end total of 204 was not a problem for the Netherlands.
This win would have given them a lot of confidence but we think chasing a bigger total might test them.
Max O’Dowd played a stunning inning of 86 not out in the first game and he is going to be leading the charge in this match as well. He, along with Ben Cooper and Wesley Barresi form the heart of the batting lineup.
Pieter Seelaar and Roelof van der Merwe are also decent batsmen down the order giving the Netherlands a relatively long batting order.
This match is an excellent opportunity for the Netherlands to make a statement about the state of their cricket. Hopefully, the occasion of this does not make them change their approach to the game.
Tobias Visee, Max O'Dowd, Ben Cooper, Wesley Barresi, Pieter Seelaar, Scott Edwards, Saqib Zulfiqar, VJ Kingma, RE Van Der Merwe, Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover.
A poor performance and a humbling defeat at the hands of the Netherlands are a reminder to Zimbabwe why they are not at the World Cup in the first place. They have managed to get back most of their big players but the task of moving up the rankings is not going to be easy.
Brendon Taylor is returning from a long injury layoff and showed his class immediately by top-scoring for the team. He would be hoping for a much-improved performance from all the other senior players as well.
Zimbabwe has taken a full strength team to the Netherlands and would not be pleased about losing their opening match. The fifty over format is one where the better teams win more often than not and upsets are much rarer.
Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, and Sikandar Raza are all excellent players in the team apart from Brendan Taylor. They are not going to want a repeat of the last game and we think they are going to come hard at the Netherlands side.
One of the mistakes that Zimbabwe made was choosing to bat after winning the toss. It was a decision that seemed to be borne out from over-confidence and hopefully, the management will learn from that.
The bowling for Zimbabwe is a bit week but they do still have Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara leading the attack. The Zimbabwe spinners were quite effective at slowing the run rate and keeping the pressure on but they did not have enough runs to work with.
We are very confident of a much-improved performance from the Zimbabwe team in the second ODI.
Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, BRM Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Donald Tiripano, Ainsley Ndlovu, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara.
The team winning the toss is expected to bat first. The weather forecast is better for this match and teams would prefer setting a total rather than chasing one down.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The Netherlands vs Zimbabwe ODI is going to be played at Sportpark Het Schootsveld, Deventer. The weather forecast in Deventer is for a good day with plenty of sun. We should be able to get a full 50 over game in even though there is some rain expected before the start of the match.
The pitch was a bit slow for batting and will remain the same. Overall, though, there are not too many demons in the pitch and the batsmen should be able to score freely after getting in.
Our Dream11 team for the Netherlands vs Zimbabwe is based on the belief that Zimbabwe is going to hit back strongly in this match. We have tried to add as many multi-faceted players in the side as possible and kept an eye out on current form as well.
Wicketkeeper: Brendon Taylor is perhaps the best batsman on both sides and so picking him is an easy option. He is the only compelling choice in the wicketkeeper category.
Batsmen: The hero of the first match for the Netherlands, Martin O'Dowd, is in our side and he is also our only representation from the team in this category. We have picked three other batsmen, all from Zimbabwe. Craig Ervine, Solomon Mire, and Hamilton Masakadza are top-order batters that have a lot of experience to fall back upon. They are not going to be intimated by the thought of losing a series to the Netherlands. Craig Ervine is perhaps the best batsman of this lot.
All-rounders: Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza are regular bowlers for Zimbabwe and they are also very good batsmen. The only drawback of having them in the team is the fact that they may not get a chance to bat at all. Their bowling should be able to get some useful points, though.
Bowlers: Fred Klaassen was very effective with the new ball in the first match and this is why we have included him again. Pieter Seelaar also took two wickets and he is not too bad with a bat in his hand either. Kyle Jarvis and Paul van Meekeren round out our Dream11 team for the Netherlands vs Zimbabwe.
Captain and Vice-Captain: The weather forecast is better for this match and we think it might be a batting day. This is why we have picked Craig Ervine as captain and Brendan Taylor as vice-captain for this match.
The Netherlands won the first match comfortably and have the advantage of playing in home conditions. We believe, however, that Zimbabwe will come back strongly in this match and end up evening the series. They have much more experience in their side and players that have proven themselves at the international level.
Back Zimbabwe to win
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