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ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Match 17 - Windies v Netherlands

Kesrick Williams (right) has been impressive for Windies
Kesrick Williams (right) has been impressive for Windies
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Game: 17th Match, Group A, Windies v Netherlands
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Timings: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM Local

Windies will be hoping to head into the Super Six undefeated when they face Netherlands in their final group stage encounter of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 in Harare.

The men from the Caribbean did no damage to their reputation after winning three straight games and are the only team in Group A to qualify for the play-off with a game to go, though Ireland with superior net-run-rate are all but through. What will be pleasing for the two time champions will be that each game a different player has stepped up and stamped their dominance. Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer slammed tons in the opening game against the United Arab Emirates, while Jason Holder led from the front against Papua New Guinea with a score of unbeaten 99 followed by a five wicket haul. They did look in a spot of bother against Ireland but Rovman Powell from no where slammed a ton to help Windies post a respectable total which they later defend easily. Powell's second fifty took just 23 deliveries as compared to 76 for his first fifty which shows he has a lot of maturity and the skill to compete at this level.

Netherlands will be heading into the game with some confidence following their 57 run win against Papua New Guinea. Their batting still remains an area of concern as they lost five wickets within 100 runs before Sikander Zulfiqar with his unbeaten fifty provided some consolation to the innings and helped them post 217 for eight. The return of form of Roelof van der Merwe will be heartening and will be hoping for the senior players Ryan ten Doeschate and Peter Borren to come good and hope for other results to go their way.

Qualification Scenario:

Windies - Already qualified with three wins. A victory here will assure them of the top spot in Group A.

Netherlands - They need to beat Windies convincingly and hope for Ireland to trash Untied Arab Emirates, if they are to make it to the Super Six.

Squads:

West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams.

Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Ben Cooper, Scott Edwards, Vivian Kingma, Frederick Klaassen, Bas de Leede, Maxwell O'Dowd, Pieter Seelaar, Shane Snater, Ryan ten Doeschate, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Sikander Zulfiqar

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