After a fantastic win against Bangladesh, the Netherlands is all set to take on Afghanistan in Match 34 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Friday, November 3 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. They have two wins from six matches so far in the tournament.
The Netherlands ranks eighth on the table with four points. They have three matches left in the tournament and are alive in the race to reach the knockouts. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has been eliminated from the race. They have just one win from seven matches and are ninth on the table. In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the Afghanistan vs Netherlands match in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for AFG vs NED
Scott Edwards vs Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Scott Edwards and Mujeeb Ur Rahman played against each other last year during a three-match ODI series. The Afghanistan spinner dismissed Edwards once in the series conceding 42 runs off 56 deliveries. Edwards has had a good World Cup so far. He has scored 204 runs in six matches at an average of 51, including two fifties. However, he will be keen to get a big score in the upcoming game. On the other hand, Mujeeb Ur Rahman has taken six wickets in as many games in the tournament.
Rahmat Shah vs Paul van Meekeren
Rahmat Shah too has been in decent form scoring a couple of fifties in the tournament. He has scored 212 runs in six matches at an average of 42.40. Meanwhile, Paul van Meekeren has been great with 10 wickets in six matches. His best figures of 4/23 powered the Netherlands to a win against Bangladesh. The contest between the duo will be interesting to watch.
Hashmatullah Shahidi vs Aryan Dutt
Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi has played some good knocks in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He has scored 226 runs in six matches at an average of 37.33, with two fifties. He will be eager to make an impact in the upcoming game. However, he has to tackle youngster Aryan Dutt. The spinner has taken eight wickets in six matches in the tournament so far.