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Match Facts: Netherlands v Ireland

All to play for in final Group B clash, with Ireland needing a win to ensure a Super 10 spot, and the Netherlands eyeing an upset that will also put it in contention

Match Facts: Netherlands v Ireland  - Cricket News
All to play for in final Group B clash, with Ireland needing a win to ensure a Super 10 spot, and the Netherlands eyeing an upset that will also put it in contention
With two wins in two games and a net run rate of 0.641, Ireland is expected to go through to the Super 10 from Group B, but there is still a lot left to be done. A win against the Netherlands at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium on Friday (March 20) will ensure Ireland goes through, but a defeat could open up the table. The Netherlands, on the other hand, has been hot and cold with its performances. Tom Cooper and Stephan Myburgh have been outstanding with the bat, but the team will want more batsmen to come good. If the Netherlands gets it right, a win will put the side in contention for a Super 10 spot, and that should make for a keenly contested match. Here is a look at some key facts heading into the clash. 

Netherlands v Ireland 

Facts: 

Ireland have won both previous completed T20Is between these teams, in February 2010 and March 2012. 

Against United Arab Emirates William Porterfield recorded his 20th T20I victory as captain. Only MS Dhoni (21) has more wins as captain. 

Paul Stirling has five T20I scores of 50 or more. No other Irish player has more than one. 

Alex Cusack hit his career best T20I score of 65 against Netherlands, in February 2010. 

11 of the last 13 T20Is involving Netherlands have been won by the team batting second.

Approaching milestones:

Alex Cusack and George Dockrell both need one wicket to go clear of Trent Johnston as Ireland’s outright leading T20I wicket-taker. 

Michael Swart needs one run to become the first player to score 400 T20I runs for Netherlands.

Key Battles

Pieter Seelaar v George Dockrell 

These slow left-arm bowlers have an important role for their teams. They both have excellent T20I

economy rates – Dockrell’s is 5.9 and Seelaar’s 6.2 – and have shown they can pose a wicket-taking threat as well. Dockrell took his career best figures of 4/20 against Netherlands and has a strike rate of 15.6, whilst Seelaar’s is 16.9. His figures of 2-9 from two overs against Zimbabwe very nearly got his team over the line.

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