Ireland in Netherlands, 3 ODI Series, 2021
Venue: Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht
Date & Time: 04 June 2021
RR: 3.67 | Ireland beat Netherlands by 8 wickets
That is it from this game! All to play for in the next. Do join us for the game on the 7th of June at 1020 local (0820 GMT). Till then goodbye.
Andy Balbirnie says he is happy with the way the team played, they bowled well and the chase was a lot more composed. Adds he wanted to stay there till the end and it was satisfying. Adds Stirling is very imprtant to them and he is a big player. Ends by saying he feels they bowled bettre with the new ball, there was oisutre and they did really well.
Pieter Seelaar says it was a good toss to lose, it got better in the second half and 160 was not enough. States he feels Josh bowled really well and kept bowling in the good areas but all the Irish bowlers bowled well. Adds they will look to come back strong in the next game. Ends by saying he knew it was going to be a similar game like the first one but they did not apply themselves well and they did not play that well.
Man of the Match, Josh Little, says he had to turn things around quickly after his injury and the last few months he has worked hard and it has helped him. Mentions he has lost weight and gotten stronger due to which the ball is coming out nicely. States they were gutted after the first game but are pleased with this performance.
Earlier in the day, after electing to bat, the Dutch got off to a good start but once the first wicket fell, the procession began. Young and Little were the pick for Ireland and they kept the hosts down to a total which was easily chased in the end.
The pacers weren’t as threatening as they were in the first game. Seelaar did cause problems after bowling in the middle overs but it was too little too late.
Netherlands needed a few quick wickets but they only got one. Stirling and Balbirnie really eased the pressure with their partnership.
A good win for Ireland and they have levelled the series. To be honest, it was their bowlers who set it up for them. Yes, the wicket is tough but just below 160 was never going to be enough.
Powerplay 3 time! Maximum of 5 fielders can go outside the ring till the end of this game.
Change. Skipper, Pieter Seelaar reintroduces himself back into the attack.
DRINKS! Ireland are cruising and unless there is a massive collapse they should easily get over the line. A win here for the Dutch looks farfetched but they will look to make it as hard as possible for the Irish.
Pieter Seelaar is into the attack.
DRINKS! One-way traffic at the moment as Ireland are coasting to a win. The partnership between talisman Stirling and skipper Balbirnie has gone to 57. The tourists need just another 92 runs off 33 overs. Netherlands need to find a way to break this stand if they are to have any outside chance.
Timm van der Gugten continues.
Time for Powerplay 2! Second phase of the game and now maximum of 4 fielders can be p;aced outside the 30-yard circle. Timm van der Gugten to inaugrate PP 2!
Balbirnie walks out to bat.
Logan van Beek to bowl from the other end!