Netherlands v Ireland, World T20 preview - Match 11
The match between two sides that have already been knocked out might be a dead rubber, but isn’t without context
12 March 2016 18:48
No clash between two Associates is ever a dead rubber.
Failing to capture key moments in the only matches they have played and inclement weather have meant that both sides were knocked out of the competition despite playing only a little more than three hours of cricket each.
The Netherlands will consider itself the unluckier of the two, having put up a stiff fight against Bangladesh, while Ireland finds itself in this situation after a loss to Oman.
The result of the Sunday match might not impact the tournament in any way but no clash between two Associates is ever a dead rubber. They have limited opportunities at this level and each game is a chance to show the world what they are capable of.
If the game does take place, Ireland must look to improve from its shows against Oman and Bangladesh. It looked dazed in the little play that was possible on Friday against the Test-playing nation – perhaps a carry-over of the Oman shock – dropping catches and missing stumping chances. Its bowlers, too, couldn’t find the right spots and were hammered by Tamim Iqbal as Bangladesh put up 94 from eight overs before the game was called off.
The Netherlands didn’t do much wrong in its game against Bangladesh – maybe one bad over each with bat and ball – and will look for some finetuning.
The biggest challenge for both sides would be to stay in the present without thinking about the past or the future. That, though, wouldn’t be easy in a gloomy environment. Understandably, both sides skipped practice on Saturday.
Importantly, the rain has to stay away from the HPCA stadium. Sunil Chauhan, the head groundsman, suggested that there would be no rain after Sunday morning, but in case he’s wrong – the forecast says more rain over the next two days – the teams could be in for another frustrating day of little or no action.
Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young.
The Netherlands: Peter Borren (capt), Wesley Barresi, Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tom Cooper, Timm van der Gugten, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar.