Proteas should not stumble over the Netherlands hurdle again

Henry

In the run-up to Saturday’s T20 World Cup match between South Africa and the Netherlands in New York, one can only keep one’s fingers crossed that the Proteas have learned from their mistakes of the past.

Because in the two teams’ recent World Cup batting crossover sessions, the club-bearers undoubtedly wield the scepter.

The Netherlands celebrated a 13-run shock victory at the Adelaide Oval in 2022, while they also showed last year in India that this lightning bolt of victory can definitely hit the same opponents a second time.

And Stephan Myburgh warns that the young players in the Netherlands squad can now play with even more freedom.

After all, when you are young, you are not so afraid of a zero or a wide runner.

Still, the Proteas should have too much firepower on Saturday.

“South Africa underestimated the Netherlands in the previous two World Cup matches, but I believe that they will approach Saturday’s showdown very seriously. At the same time, the progress of Anrich Nortj√©, Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen can also complicate things for the Netherlands’ inexperienced batsmen,” Myburgh, a former Dutch cricket star, told RNews.

The erratic track surface also makes things difficult. Do you bat first or bowl first when you win the toss?

“If I were Aiden Markram I would have batted first and put the game out of the Netherlands’ reach. The so-called member countries of the International Cricket Council usually struggle when they have to chase runs.”

But.

The batting plate definitely swings the momentum scale in the bowlers’ favor and both teams have a good bowling unit.

“South Africa’s batsmen do have more experience and they should adapt to the conditions more easily. However, I must add that the Proteas are more used to good batting pitches, while the Netherlands play more often on batting pitches where uneven bounce prevails.”

Myburgh was one of the most talented players in South Africa in his school days and before his cricketing path took him to the Netherlands, he was part of a Titans school team that included stars such as AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis.

Does he think the Proteas can (finally) walk away with the laurels this year?

“I really hope so. The team has very dangerous batsmen and good bowlers. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is their year.”

  • South Africa will play against the Netherlands in New York on Saturday at 16:30. The action is broadcast live on SuperSport.