The Netherland is a very good cricket team, thanks to the hard work and determination of the players and administrators. However, Ireland is not a team that you can ignore, especially when it takes on the Dutch team. In fact, on paper, both teams appear to be well-balanced and look like they can defend or chase. So, for cricket fans and fantasy players around the world, the first T20I to be held on 12th June at Rotterdam is worth waiting for.
The Netherlands cricket team is higher ranked in T20I compared to the Irish side. The Dutch are at number 13 while the Irish are ranked number 17. Also, let’s not forget that Ireland lost to Afghanistan in 2017 when they played the team in India. On the other hand, the Dutch side had a mixed outing in 2017. They won a few and lost a few. So, it will be interesting to see how the sides play in the first tri-series T20 match.
The Netherland team has Peter Borren, Ashan Malik, Ben Cooper, Wesley Barresi, Vivian Kingma, Stephen Myburg, Max O’Dowd, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar and others. The Irish team consists of William Porterfield, Peter Chase, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy and others.
While the Dutch are ranked higher than the Irish, in the first T20 tri-series, it could be the Irish side that may come up on top. Here are some reasons for it:
William Porterfield is the captain of Ireland and also the opening batsman. He is a prolific run scorer.
Irish team has a strong bowling side and will be able to bowl well on the bouncy pitch in Edinburgh.
Peter Chase, the bowler from Ireland, is an all-rounder. He is a right hand batsman.
Jacob Mulder made his T20 debut in 2016. He is a wicket-taking bowler and has a few scalps under his belt.
Taking into consideration that the Irish side has better bowlers compared to the Dutch side, it appears as though Ireland may have a surprise for The Netherlands.