Netherlands vs Zimbabwe, 2019: 2nd T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Craig Ervine scored 397 runs at an average of 96.75 in seven T20 innings in 2019 with help of five fifites.

Zimbabwe. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Zimbabwe’s last chance to bag a win on their tour of Netherlands will be in the final game of the 2-match T20I series against hosts. Netherlands beat them 2-0 in the ODI series to record their first ever ODI series win against a full-member nation. They followed it with a comfortable 49-run win in the first match of T20I series consisting of two games. Roelof van der Merwe played a key part in the Dutch victory.

The all-rounder smashed an unbeaten 39-ball 75 with eight fours and three sixes. He followed it with figures of 1/21 in his four overs. Ben Cooper struck a 28-ball 54 at the top as the Netherlands posted 199/6. In response, no batsman except Craig Ervine crossed 20 for Zimbabwe. Ervine scored 59 from 37 deliveries as the visitors got bundled out for 150 in the final over of the game. Three bowlers bagged three wickets apiece to restrict Zimbabwe to a lesser total.


Match Details:

The 2nd and final game of the 2-match T20I series between Netherlands and Zimbabwe will be hosted by the Hazelaarweg in Rotterdam.

The match starts at 5:30 PM local time (3:30 PM GMT) (9:00 PM IST). The game will be live streamed on Youtube and on Netherlands Cricket Website.

Last five completed T20I matches:

Netherlands: L, L, W, W, L.

Zimbabwe: L, L, L, L, L.

Pitch Condition/Report:

Rotterdam’s Hazelaarweg witnessed a total of over 160 for the first time in a T20I. Once again, the venue could witness a high-scoring game with the two teams batting with intent like on Sunday.

Average first innings score: 158 (Five T20Is)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3

Probable Playing XIs:


Max O’Dowd, Tobias Visée, Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Wesley Barresi, Scott Edwards (WK), Roelof van der Merwe, Pieter Seelaar (C), Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren.

Bench – Vivian Kingma, Saqib Zulfiqar.


Hamilton Masakadza (C), Solomon Mire, Brendan Taylor (WK), Craig Ervine, Peter Moor, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chatara.

Bench – Ainsley Ndlovu, Richmond Mutumbami, Elton Chigumbura, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe.

Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Power Picks:

The Netherlands skipper Pieter Seelaar has one of the best records with the ball in T20Is. The left-arm spinner bowled in 38 T20I innings and bagged 35 wickets averaging 22.51. He picks up a wicket every 19.5 deliveries in the T20Is. Seelaar claimed 3-wicket haul in the first T20I and also had three wickets in the ODI series to his name.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

The likes of Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe and Max O’Dowd will be crucial given their form. Watch out for Tobias Visée who can take on the Zimbabwe attack and pile a big score. The all-rounders Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza can’t be discounted due to their dual roles.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Brendan Taylor, Scott Edwards

Batsmen – Ben Cooper, Craig Ervine (VC), Max O’Dowd

All-Rounders – Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Roelof van der Merwe (C)

Bowlers – Brendon Glover, Chris Mpofu, Pieter Seelaar

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Brendan Taylor (C), Tobias Visée (VC)

Batsmen – Ben Cooper, Craig Ervine, Solomon Mire

All-Rounders – Sean Williams, Roelof van der Merwe

Bowlers – Pieter Seelaar, Fred Klaassen, Chris Mpofu, Donald Tiripano


Expert Advice:

Going by the form of players and batting positions, the likes of Ben Cooper, Max O’Dowd and Craig Ervine are safe and ideal among the batsmen. On the other hand, Solomon Mire and Wesley Barresi will be unpredictable and touch risky pickings.

Probable Winners:

Zimbabwe is expected to extend their current 11-match losing streak in T20Is with the Netherlands winning the series 2-0.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.