The 2nd match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 will be played tomorrow (March 04) at Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare. The match will begin at 09:30 AM Local.
This is the first game of the tournament.
The Peter Borren led Netherlands faced a serious blow when Stephan Myburgh got ruled out of the entire tournament due to an ankle injury. Youngster Bas de Leede has been named as the replacement. Netherlands has already named its squad for the qualifiers.
Ireland, on the other hand, has named a very similar squad to the one that won the tri-series in UAE with just one or two changes. Stuart Poynter has been omitted because of personal reasons while spinner Jacob Mulder has been dropped due to many spin options. Ireland has also brought experienced pacer Tim Murtagh and James Shannon back in the squad.
As this is the first match of both the teams in the tournament. It is a bit difficult to predict the probable 11. You can go with the team predictions we have provided below.
Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe and Paul van Meekeren of Netherlands are the one who can create a difference for the opposition while Ireland will thrive on Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling.
If we talk about both the teams, Irelands is much stronger than Netherlands be it on papers or on the cricket field. Recently Ireland has won a tri-series in UAE and would be high on confidence when they face Netherlands tomorrow.
Disclaimer- These initial matches of the tournament are very risky. Management can take any decision and anyone can get to play. The NED vs IRE match preview we are providing here is based on our analysis. So, we urge you to pick your own playing 11.