Ireland Vs Netherlands
Starting time: 9:30 am IST
Kolkata, March 17: The Irish and Dutch dream bubbles have all but burst. Ireland and the Netherlands are effectively out of the World Cup 2011, but will want to win their inconsequential last game to leave the tournament on a high. The Shamrocks seem more likely to do it going by their track record against the Netherlands.
They lead the Dutch 5-nil in the overall head-to-head and the last time these two sides met, thrashed them by 9 wickets with 177 balls to spare. In that match, which unfolded in mid-2010, the Netherlands posted a meagre 125 all out in 47.2 overs, before the Irish romped home in a mere 20.3 overs with Paul Stirling blasting 62 off 36 balls.
The Netherlands will be training their guns on a certain Irishman named Gary Wilson as he has notched up an average of 82.00 against them, while Stirling who has made 45.00 per match versus the Dutch, will also be regarded a danger man (although he is currently battling poor form having averaged just 11.20 in the Cup).
The most successul Dutch batsman against the Irish is Tom Cooper with an average of 37.00 while the best-performing all-rounder against the same opposition is Mudassar Bukhari who averages 22.40 with the bat and 36.60 with the ball.
The Irish however, haven't seen much of Ryan ten Doeschate who is the leading Dutch run-getter in the Cup, aggregating 201, with a century and half century to his credit and an average of 50.20.
In comparison, Kevin O'Brien who tops the run chart for his side is averaging a mere 36.60, having come off a string of low scores since his fabulous century against England, an inspired knock which is progressively looking like a flash in the pan.
The performance of other premier Irish batsmen in William Porterfield (avg: 22.40), Ed Joyce (avg: 29.60) and Niall O'Brien (avg: 29.60) have been quite mediocre as has that of their Dutch counterparts Tom Cooper (avg: 33.80), Peter Borren (avg: 22.25) and Wesley Barresi (avg: 23.33).
The Irish bowling appears to be more effective than the Dutch with seamer John Mooney having garnered 8 wickets from 5 matches at an average of 25.00, followed by George Dockrell who has 6 scalps at 27.43 runs conceded per wicket. Meanwhile, the most successful bowler for the Dutch has been off-break Pieter Seelaar who has 7 wickets from 5 matches at an average of 36.57.
So, the the teams languishing at the bottom of Group B go at each other in what promises to be an interesting if inconsequential last outing for these sides in the World Cup 2011.