Scotland have the wood over Netherlands and have beaten them in all of the last four T20 encounters between the two teams. In addition, Netherlands have lost their last two T20 matches and would need to play out of their skin to come out victorious.
Scotland have the likes of George Munsey, Richie Berrington and skipper Kyle Coetzer in the batting line up. Make no mistake, all of these are skilful enough and possess the firepower to score some quick runs.
Skipper Coetzer is their highest run-getter in this format with 1035 runs from 45 matches. He will open the innings along with Munsey who was the highest run-scorer in the last year's tri Nation T20 series hosted by Netherlands and scored 204 runs in four matches.
Among the bowlers, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans and Hamza Tahir would be the most potent threats. Sharif has the most wickets for the team in this format and has picked up 32 scalps. Evans is at the second spot with 22 wickets.
Netherlands will rely on Stephan Myburgh, Wesley Barresi and Ryan ten Doeschate with the bat. Doeschate is one of their leading batsmen and has been in good form of late across T20 leagues. Barresi is also a fine batsman and has scored 764 runs from 38 matches.
Paul van Meekeren and Shane Snater are the leading pacers while skipper Pieter Seelaar will shoulder the responsibility of the spin attack.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Scotland- Kyle Coetzer (c), George Munsey, Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Ruaidhri Smith, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Hamza Tahir
Netherlands- Tobias Visee, Max O'Dowd, Stephan Myburgh, Wesley Barresi, Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards (wk), Pieter Seelaar (c), Shane Snater, Paul van Meekeren, Fred Klaassen
Who will win? – Scotland
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Safyaan Sharif (Scotland), Pieter Seelaar (Netherlands)
Most Sixes – Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Team Scores Batting First – Scotland 155+, Netherlands 140+
*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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