Netherlands vs Scotland: 2nd ODI, May 21, 2021, Scotland Tour of Netherlands Match Prediction
The second installment of the One Day Internationals (ODIs) between the Netherlands and Scotland will go down live in Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, on Friday, May 21, 2021, to the excitement of many cricket fans all over who have waited so long to see their beloved teams play. The touring side, Scotland, more than ever, will be the more enthusiastic side considering this will be their first international engagement since the Cricket World Cup League 2-ODI series where they met UAE and USA.
Scotland’s Head coach Shane Burger’s team selection for this fixture will not include Josh Davey, Michael Jones as they represent for county duty while Stuart Whittingham has retired due to a protracted injury, but we will be seeing the likes of the fast bowler, Adrian Neill, and Michael Leusk starting. Kyle Coetzer, Scotland’s team captain, will be eager to make up for all the time lost due to the postponement and cancellations of their engagements with New Zealand and Australia.
On the other hand, the hosts have seen much more action recently, having completed Nepal’s tour for a T20 tri-series alongside Malaysia. Their last ODI was in June 2019 against Zimbabwe before all other fixtures afterward were suspended due to the covid outbreak. In the first game, Nepal won by nine wickets with 30 balls remaining.
The Netherlands then won Malaysia in the second game of the series by 15 runs. The third game was postponed while the fourth ended in favour of the Netherlands by three wickets with three balls left. The fifth game was tied, and then Nepal won the final game by 142 runs. In that final game, Team Netherlands looked really out of place as they could not recover from two initial disastrous runs.
It is a breath of fresh air to see Scotland’s team come out to play for the first time in a long while. In that time, quite a lot has changed with the team, and the new arrangements will need time to settle in. On the other hand, Netherlands has already got the gears grinding and some momentum and cohesion with them. The head to-head stats point in favour of Scotland, that fact plus the recent poor performance of the Netherlands. It is still more likely that we will see Scotland win.
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