The South African cricket team is in red-hot form in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. After two fantastic wins to kick off the campaign, they will be taking on the Netherlands in Match 15 of the tournament on Tuesday, October 17 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamshala.
South Africa is third on the table with four points from two matches. They defeated Sri Lanka in the first match, followed by a win against Australia in the second. In both the matches, the South African batting attack stood tall. They will be keen to continue the winning momentum. Meanwhile, the Netherlands are ninth on the table with no wins. They lost to Pakistan and New Zealand. Head-to-head, South Africa has defeated the Netherlands in six ODIs, while one was abandoned.
In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the South Africa vs Netherlands match of the ICC ODI World Cup.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for SA vs NED
Quinton de Kock vs Bas de Leede
Quinton de Kock has been in terrific form in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He has slammed two centuries in as many matches scoring 209 runs at an average of 104.50, and a strike rate of 110. His knocks have powered South Africa to huge scores in the tournament so far. The in-form batter will be facing Bas de Leede in the upcoming match. Leede has taken five wickets in two games so far, including a four-wicket haul against Pakistan.
Max O’Dowd vs Kagiso Rabada
Max O’Dowd hasn’t been able to make an impact so far in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He has scored just 21 runs in two matches. However, his overall stats this year have been good, scoring 524 runs, with three fifties. Max will be keen to return to form in the upcoming game. The biggest threat for him will be Kagiso Rabada. The duo has only played one match against each other, with Max O’Dowd scoring six runs off five deliveries against Rabada. It will be interesting to see how the Netherlands batter tackles the Rabada threat.
Rassie van der Dussen vs Aryan Dutt
Rassie van der Dussen will be up against Aryan Dutt in the upcoming match. He has faced Aryan twice previously in ODIs, scoring 11 runs off 20 deliveries at a strike rate of 55. The spinner has also dismissed him once. Dussen has been in good form in the tournament, scoring 134 runs in two matches, including a century against Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Aryan Dutt has taken three wickets in two games so far.