The Netherlands vs Scotland: 2nd ODI, May 21, 2021, Scotland Tour of the Netherlands, Match Prediction
Match: Scotland vs the Netherlands
Date: 21 May 2021
Place (venue): Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam
Tournament: Scotland tour of the Netherlands
Format: One-Day International
Can the Netherlands break the dominance of Scotland?
- Both teams will be playing their first international limited overs match after a gap of one and half years.
- Scotland and the Netherlands are about to play against each other for the first time in 10 years.
- In the last five meetings, Scotland has dominated the Oranges with 4 wins and a loss (subjected to change after 1st ODI).
The Netherlands will host Scotland for the second ODI of the 2-ODI series at Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam. Last time, both teams met at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen, in the inaugural ODI series of the 2011-13 ICC World Cricket League Championship. A decade apart, Europe’s top two ICC associate teams will lock horns with all new reinforcements and four exceptions. Scotland’s captain Kyle Coetzer, Calum Mcleod, Richie Berrington and Safyaan Sharif were all part of the Scotland team which last played against the Netherlands.
Scotland will be playing their first ODI series after a gap of 18 months. Their players have finally returned to training following a long period on furlough due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Scotland’s last exposure to ODIs was back in December 2019 in Dubai against the UAE. In the tri-nation series, Scotland won and lost a game against the USA and lost a game against the UAE in their quest to qualify for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.
On the other hand, the Netherlands played their last ODI back in June 2019 against Zimbabwe. The Dutch team whitewashed visitors Zimbabwe in a two-ODI series. Both teams have played two ODIs against each other in the Netherlands and have shared a victory each.
After a green signal from the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Royal Dutch Cricket Association), Scotland announced their team on 11 May. The selectors made three changes in the squad that last travelled to the UAE. Due to county commitments, Josh Davey and Michael Jones were not included in the final fifteen, while Stuart Whittingham was forced to retire due to a back injury. Right-arm pacers Gavin Main, Andrian Neil and all-rounder Michael Leask took their places.
Captain Kyle Coetzer will keep opening the innings with wicket-keeper Matthew Cross. Coetzer is in a super form, scoring a fifty in every other innings in the last 14 matches (14 matches – 7 fifties). He will also get support from Michael Jones in the top order. The middle order will be led by Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington. MacLeod was the leading run-scorer for Scotland in the last series with 165 runs in 3 games.
Mark Watt will lead the bowling department with Safyaan Sharif and left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir. Watt was the leading wicket-taker for Scotland in the last series with 7 wickets in 3 matches.
Here are the top batsmen and bowlers for Scotland.
Key players for Scotland:
Scotland’s Probable Playing XI: Kyle Coetzer (captain), Matthew Cross (wicket-keeper), Richie Berrington, Dylan Budge, Alasdair Evans, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt.
The Netherlands Preview
The Netherlands haven’t played much ODI cricket. They have played just 4 ODIs in the last 3 years. Their last ODI was about 2 years ago in June 2019. Back then, they defeated Zimbabwe with a team effort. The Netherlands visited Nepal for a tri-nation T20 series. They lost to hosts in the final by a huge margin of 142 runs. But the exposure to white-ball cricket has given a head start to the Dutch team against Scotland. Coach Ryan Campbell will have a huge task to hand over the visitors their first defeat against the hosts since 15 June 2010.
Tobias Visse, Max O’Dowd and Ben Cooper are likely to handle the top order. They all had a great Zimbabwe tour followed by the tri-series. Skipper Pieter Seelaar will be in charge of an aggressive middle order including himself to be promoted from the lower order. He will also tie his hands with Fred Klaassen and Vivian Kingma in the bowling department.
Top players for the Netherlands:
The Netherlands’ Probable Playing XI
Not Announced yet.
The game will be played at Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam. Built in 2010, the stadium has a capacity to accommodate 3500 spectators.
In the 10 ODIs played here, the team batting second has won the game 7 times. The first-innings average total is 188. A team should field first here to restrict the opposition for a low score.
Pitch and Weather Report
The pitch is a bowler’s paradise. The maximum and minimum temperatures are predicted to be 14°C and 8 °C respectively, with a wind speed of 19 to 24 kph. Light rain is expected throughout the day as per the weather reports.
Though Scotland has a 100% record against the Netherlands in the last 3 ODI games, the tables have turned now. The Netherlands have raised the bar by qualifying for the Super League (the official one), while Scotland is playing in League 2 for the World Cup Qualifiers. Along with the change of dominance, the Netherlands have an 83.33% winning record at Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam. Therefore, we predict the Netherlands to win the 2nd ODI.
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