NL vs IRE Highlights today Monday, 18-10-2021 – 3rd Match, First Round Group A, ICC Men’s Twenty/20 World Cup from Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Pieter Seelaar won the toss and will boat first.
Pieter Seelaar reckons it: “looks a pretty good wicket, we want to get runs on the board and put pressure on them.” Some tough decisions for selection, with Myburgh, van der Gugten and van Meekeren all missing out; Bas de Leede is carded at No. 3, while Klaassen, Glover, and Logan van Beek from the seam attack.
Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie isn’t too disappointed to be chasing: “Think it’ll stay pretty good for the 40 overs,” he says, “hopefully we can start well with the ball.” Harry Tector plays as the extra batter in Ireland’s middle order, no space for George Dockrell and the leggie White does get a go.
Netherlands team: 1 Ben Cooper, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Bas de Leede, 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Ryan ten Doeschate, 6 Scott Edwards (wk), 7 Roelof van der Merwe, 8 Pieter Seelaar (capt), 9 Logan van Beek, 10 Fred Klaassen, 11 Brandon Glover.
Ireland team: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Kevin O’Brien, 3 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 4 Gareth Delany, 5 Curtis Campher, 6 Harry Tector, 7 Neil Rock (wk), 8 Simi Singh, 9 Mark Adair, 10 Josh Little, 11 Ben White.
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 14:00 Local
Umpires – Marais Erasmus, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Paul Reiffel
Match number – T20I no. 1312 – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 3rd Match
Post Match Presentation.
Curtis Campher Player of the Match:
[First wicket review?] “I knew there was glove, I heard a sound. [Third wicket review?] I thought it was dead, definitely hitting leg stump. I didn’t feel the best, coming back from injury, just kept trying to bang the length. The first over didn’t go as planned but Bal kept faith with me. Any day I don’t bat is a good day but to knock off 10 runs when I walk in is nice.”
“We mentioned before the game that they’ve had one over on us in T20 cricket. So to lose the toss, bowl first, and put in that performance was really satisfying. To chase it comfortably, we’re delighted. [Bowling plans] Just accuracy, slow wicket, not too much sideways movement, just attack the stumps as much as possible.
Obviously, Curtis’ four-wicket over he did exactly that. We’ve had a slow but good build-up, I think we’re peaking at the right time. [Chase?] Really good, Paul set up shop and saw us home, Gareth played the innings we wanted, coming in and hitting it from ball one. Kevin played well up top and got us that 20-30 we needed to settle the nerves. A comprehensive win, so we’re delighted.”
“Obviously not the best Powerplay, although the wicket wasn’t the flattest, and then one freak over changed the whole game around. [O’Dowd] He looked very good, and we showed a bit of fight. Defending 105 isn’t going to be enough. Some balls kept a bit low, if we’d got to 150-160 it could have been a good game but if you lose four in one over you’re always struggling. Can’t dwell on it, Namibia in a day’s time so we have to regroup quickly, turn around, and win the next one.”