It has been a rather chastening – if still doubtless instructive – tour of New Zealand for the Dutch so far, with their hosts having outclassed them in the first two matches of the series. But there have been some positives to take for the Oranje so far and they will be hopeful of returning to the Netherlands with something to show for their efforts. Who will come out on top? Read on for our full New Zealand vs Netherlands third ODI preview and prediction:
New Zealand vs Netherlands 3rd ODI Preview and Prediction
Series So Far
New Zealand started this series in excellent fashion with the ball. On what looked like a decent batting surface at Bay Oval in Mount Manganui, the Black Caps struck early to remove both Dutch openers cheaply and continued to take wickets at fairly regular intervals. Michael Rippon and Pieter Seelar combined to offer some resistance, but the tourists ended up bowled out for 202. New Zealand chased that down comfortably inside 40 overs, with Will Young scoring a fine century.
There was more in it for the bowlers in Hamilton and the Dutch looked to have taken advantage, scything through the New Zealand top order to leave their hosts reeling at 32-5. But captain Tom Latham, batting at five, dug in to hold the innings together before unleashing some punishing blows on the way to a career-best 140*. The New Zealand bowlers then ran rampant to skittle their visitors for 146, with Vikramjit Singh and Bas de Leede the only players to pass 20.
It has been a lean series for Martin Guptill who will doubtless be determined to get a score, particularly with his place at the top of the order potentially under threat from Devon Conway. Henry Nicholls failed in the second match, but scored a fine half-century in the first. Will Young was also unable to back up his first-match effort in the second, but he is an effective anchor at number three in the absence of Kane Williamson. New Zealand great Ross Taylor will make his final bow at number four.
Tom Latham will take the gloves and bat at number five. Michael Bracewell has scored just one run so far in this series, but he has taken some useful wickets. Colin de Grandhomme can accelerate the scoring, as well as bowling handy overs, whilst Kyle Jamieson has so far proved too much for the Dutch batters to handle. Doug Bracewell impressed with bat and ball, with Matt Henry likely to be rested for him, whilst Ish Sodhi enjoyed another solid outing in New Zealand colours.
The Netherlands will be hoping for more from their opening combination of Max O’Dowd and Stephan Myburgh. They have yet to must even a 10-run opening standard with Myburgh’s 11 in the first match the highest score either man has recorded so far. It has been a tough introduction to international cricket from Vikramjit Singh, but he has shown some promise, particularly in the second innings. The same can be said of Bas de Leede, though he does have slightly more experience.
Rippon will bat at five, with captain Seelar at number six. All-rounder Logan van Beek, who like Rippon has spent much of his cricketing career playing in New Zealand, will be the last recognised batter at number seven. He has also taken five valuable wickets for the Dutch. Experienced seamer Fred Klaasen will lead the Dutch bowling attack, supported by the aforementioned van Beek and Brandon Glover. Spinners Philippe Boissevain and Aryan Dutt will complete the side.
So far, the Dutch have very much looked like an associate side up against a full-member. There have been some positive moments, not least their superb start with the ball in the second ODI, but time and again New Zealand’s greater quality has told. What the Dutch would surely give for a batter of Latham’s ability or a bowler like Jamieson. But for now that remains purely aspirational. As, most likely, will Dutch hopes of victory here.
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