South Africa host the Netherlands for the first time in ODI cricket with the first match of the series being the fifth played between the countries in the format.
The Netherlands have a number of players familiar with South African cricket despite their lack of internationals played in the country.
South Africa vs The Netherlands | Friday 26 November 2021 | SuperSport Park, Centurion | 10:00
To Win Match
South Africa 1/9 | Tie 25/1 | Netherlands 57/10
South Africa will be keen to make progress in the Cricket World Cup Super League and cannot afford to misfire against associate opposition.
With Quinton de Kock rested the door might be open for Ryan Rickleton to make his debut, carrying decent form from the red-ball game, the left-handed wicketkeeper batter looks a good shy for opening partner to Reeza Hendricks, his Lions teammate.
David Miller will lend experience to a young middle order or at least one that hasn’t had a great deal of exposure to ODI cricket.
Wayne Parnell has been recalled following the end of the Kolpak era and lends his experience to a green pace attack.
Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj could both play in the same XI at SuperSport Park which would be an interesting prospect.
The Dutch have made half a dozen changes to their white-ball squad from the T20 World Cup after failing to progress past the first round.
Dutch cricket icon Ryan ten Doeschate has retired leaving coach Ryan Campbell with a huge void to fill.
Timm van der Gugten and Bas de Leede are expected to lead the Dutch pace attack who will have to find their lengths quickly on the unforgiving SuperSport Park track.
South African born Dutch stars Colin Ackermann and Roelof van der Merwe come in and add invaluable experience of conditions in South Africa.
Verdict: South Africa 1/9
South Africa should have too much firepower for the Dutch. Perhaps backing ” A 100 to be scored in the match (YES) is the way to go at 7/10.