Pakistan and the Netherlands will face each other in their opening encounter to be played at Hyderabad on 6th October 2023. Babar Azam would enter the competition low on confidence after they lost the two warm-up matches against Australia and New Zealand at the same venue.
On the other hand, the Netherlands progressed into the World Cup with some lovely performances in the ICC World Cup qualifiers played in Zimbabwe this year. Pakistan looks favourite to win the match, but the Netherlands cannot be taken lightly.
Details– Pakistan vs Netherlands, 2nd Match, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Venue– Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date and Time– 6th October, 2.00 PM IST
Pakistan and the Netherlands have played each other in 6 One-day internationals so far with Pakistan winning all of them. Babar Azam and Co whitewashed the Netherlands in the Netherlands 3-0 in 2022 despite some valiant effort by the Dutch side.
Both teams have met each other twice in World Cup history with Pakistan winning both. Pakistan won during the 1996 World Cup at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore by 8 wickets while registering another comfortable victory by 97 runs in 2003.
The pitch at Rajiv Gandhi International promises to be a brilliant batting wicket. A total of 7 ODI matches have been played at this venue with the team batting first has won 4 times while the team batting second won a total of 3 times.
The last time an official ODI was played at this venue was between India and New Zealand. Thanks to Shubman Gill’s 200, India posted 349 for 8 in 50 overs while New Zealand fell short of the target by 12 runs despite Micheal Bracewell’s superb knock.
The captain that wins the toss would likely field first putting pressure on the opponent batters and then chase down the target depending upon the target.
Pakistan (PAK) vs Netherlands (NDL) – Predicted Playing XI
Imam UL Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammed Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel/Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahbad Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf.
Vikramjit Singh, Max O Dowd, Wesley Barresi, Teja Nidamanuru, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (C), Colin Ackermann, Rolef Van der Merwe, Logan Van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Shariz Ahmed.
Fantasy Team Selection- PAK vs NDL
Team 1– Fakhar Zaman, Vikramjit Singh, Babar Azam, Wesley Barresi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Bas de Leede, Mohammad Nawaz, Colin Ackermann, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Logan Van Beek, Hasan Ali.
Team 2– Imam UL Haq, Max O Dowd, Mohammed Rizwan, Scott Edwards, Saud Shakeel, Teja Nidamanuru, Shahbad Khan, Roelf Van der Merwe, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Aryan Dutt, Haris Rauf.