NED vs IRE: Netherlands registered a comprehensive victory by 4 wickets over Ireland in the third and final ODI on Monday. The Dutch won the three-match ODI series following at home following opener Stephan Myburgh’s match-winning knock of 74 runs.
Chasing a meager total of 164 runs, Netherlands started off pretty good as the opening stand went 50+ for the first time in the series. The hosts had already taken the game by grip after restricting the visitors to 163 within 50 overs. Myburgh and ODowd put up a 66-run stand before losing the first wicket in the 15th over. Visitors struck in the 18th over again when Barry McCarthy trapped Scott Edwards for a duck.
However, more than half of the target was achieved in 25 overs and the Netherlands needed just 68 runs to win in 150 balls. For Irelands, Simi Singh became the leading wicket-taker in the game by picking 3/29 in his spell.
The series only witnessed low-scoring matches on a slow pitch of Sportpark in Utrecht with scores below 200 on all three occasions.
And coming to Ireland’s batting, openers failed to give a good start as they fell cheaply within three overs. Paul Stirling was by far the leading scorer for Ireland in the first two ODIs (69 & 52). He scored just 5 runs, while Kevin O’ Brien couldn’t even open his account.
The seam attack of the Dutch overwhelmed Irish batsmen as is apparent from all the first & second ODI matches. Fred Klaasen (3/23) & Logan van Beek (3/29) shared three wickets each, while van der Gugten took down a couple of Irish batsmen.
Netherlands won the match with four overs to spare and skipper Pieter Seelar hitting the winning runs for the hosts as they sealed the series. The Dutch also won two consecutive ODI series and their first in the World Cup Super League tournament.
NED vs IRE Player of the match:
Veteran batsman Stephan Myburgh won NED vs IRE player of the match award following his 74 runs off 111 balls. He showed grit as well as character and took his side home.