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While there was runs galore in the first game between Scotland and Pakistan, Netherlands and Ireland’s encounter was much more dominated by the bowlers and few notable individual performances.

Scotland shouldn’t be feeling too bad even after losing the encounter by a healthy margin of more than 40+ runs, the fact that they almost managed to score at 8 runs per over at an average, will give them enough confidence to have a second go at Pakistan in the 2nd T20I on 13th Jun 2018.

Alasdair Evans did a wonderful job with the ball but one feels that Michael Leask got underbowled by Coetzer. He did contribute handy 38 runs at the end of Scotland’s innings. The openers provided the rapid start and should they go about the same in the 2nd match as well, then someone in Munsey or Coetzer should be looking to play a longer innings.

Other bowlers had a rank off day and went for plenty of runs. Chris Sole or Stuart Whittingham could get a game but it depends on the team management if they would like to give Hamza Tahir another go.

Pieter Seelaar led from the front with both bat and the ball in his Captaincy debut for Netherlands in T20I and an equally impressive Simi Singh shining in both disciplines highlighted the match between Ireland and the host’s. Both will be looking forward to repeat and do better in the 2nd match.

The youngsters in Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Saqib Zulfiqar, Sikander Zulfiqar, Shane Snater, Fred Klassen and Tobias Visee have a bright future in Dutch colours and will look to deliver consistently to become regular features in the starting XI.

Paul van Meekeren once again showed his growing stature as the Dutch pace spearhead and his experience in playing County Cricket for Somerset will further fuel the growth curve. T20 leagues should take note that he is one of the rising stars from the Associate member nations.

Ireland saw a massive top and middle-order collapse and it shouldn’t be the case in the 2nd game. Ireland’s white-ball specialists have enough experience to not let that happen on consecutive days and will need Stirling, Wilson, Kevin O’Brien and Stuart Thompson to go hard at the top and put pressure on Netherlands bowlers.

Once again, two enthralling contests on the line on the same day and what’s more, the match between Netherlands and Ireland will be Live streamed on the link given below.

Czarsportz “Czar 13” to watch out for:

Maxwell O’Dowd, Paul van Meekeren, Barry McCarthy, Michael Leask, Simi Singh, Pieter Seelaar, Kyle Coetzer, Paul Stirling, Fred Klassen, Calum Macleod, Shane Snater, Alasdair Evans & Bas de Leede

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