Batting first, Scotland on the back of knocks from opener George Munsey and Calum MacLeod scraped their way to 153 for the loss of seven wickets. Bowlers Fred Klaassen and Timm van der Gugten were the pick of the bowlers for Netherlands. Both took two wickets each and bowled tight line and lengths.
In reply, Netherlands did not face any issues in chasing the total. Although the match was finally won in the last over, Netherlands were pretty much in control all the time and were helped by a brilliant opening stand of hundred runs between Tobias Visee and Stephan Myburgh which set the platform for them perfectly. Visee, in particular, killed the case with an explosive 70.
On the contrary, Oman suffered a 15-run defeat at the hands of more experienced Ireland. On the back of a 71-run knock from captain Paul Stirling, Ireland were successful in posting a target of 160 in front of Oman.
At one point, Oman looked all set to reach the target with Jatinder Singh and Aamir Kaleem getting 20s. They did not receive substantial contributions from the lower order and hence fell 15 runs short. Fayyaz Butt is expected to be their leading bowler. If Netherlands can continue their impressive display, they are tipped to win this match.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Oman- Khawar Ali, Jatinder Singh, Aamir Kaleem, Khurram Nawaz, Mohammad Nadeem, Naseem Khushi, Ajay Lalcheta, Mehran Khan, Bilal Khan, Fayyaz Butt, Jay Odedra
Netherlands- Pieter Seelaar, Wesley Barresi, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards, Tobias Visee, Max ODowd, Stephan Myburgh, Roelof van der Merwe, Timm van der Gugten, Shane Snater, Fred Klaassen
Who will win? – Netherlands
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Aamir Kaleem (Oman), Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Fayyaz Butt (Oman), Fred Klaassen (Netherlands)
Most Sixes – Aamir Kaleem (Oman), Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Team Scores Batting First – Oman 150+, Netherlands 160+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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