At the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Australia and the Netherlands will be at the centre of attention as a gripping narrative unfolds. In the bustling heart of Delhi, two teams with intertwined legacies are about to lock horns. Australia, the titans of the cricket realm, are on a quest to fortify their legacy. On the other side, the spirited Dutch, fresh from a thunderous win against South Africa, are roaring with ambition. Beyond just a game, it's a tale of past alliances and fierce rivalries, set on the grand stage of the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
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Match Preview: Australia vs Netherlands, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 24th Match
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Written by Anand Swami
The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi is set to host the riveting encounter between Australia and the Netherlands. Historically, the stadium is renowned for producing high-scoring matches, with its rapid outfield and compact boundaries offering ample scoring opportunities for the batters. Matches at this venue highlight its high-scoring reputation, such as the 428-run duel between South Africa and Sri Lanka. However, as the game unfolds, the dry pitch conditions tend to become more favourable for spin bowlers. This dual nature of the pitch — assisting batters early on and spinners later — has led teams to often opt to bat first, aiming to exploit the batting conditions and then leverage the spin-friendly environment in the second half.
Form Guide - Australia
In their last five One Day Internationals (ODIs), Australia has recorded a mixed performance with a WWLLW record. With their intentions clear from their preparations for the match against the Netherlands, Australia aims to maintain momentum. Their recent performance has shown resilience; they were tested in games against formidable opponents like Sri Lanka and Pakistan. While history speaks of their dominance over the Dutch side in World Cups (2003 and 2007), the current squad will not be resting on past laurels. Their preparation and strategic planning, as indicated by coach Andrew McDonald, will be rigorous, considering the emerging threats from the Dutch team.
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Form Guide - Netherlands
The Netherlands have struggled recently, with a record of LWLLL in their last five ODIs. However, they have shown potential by defeating a strong team like South Africa. The Dutch side has evolved with significant Australian influences, most notably their captain Scott Edwards, who has Australian roots. Their focus now is on garnering top-order runs, particularly given Australia's new-ball bowlers' recent performances. The pitch in Delhi, known for favouring batsmen, might offer them a golden opportunity to shine.
Players to Watch
Steven Smith, once the linchpin of the Australian middle order, has had a rough patch this year. His stats, which include an average of just 23.22 in ODIs this year from nine innings and three ducks, are far from what we've come to expect from him. Australia would be keen on Smith rediscovering his touch, especially with crucial matches lined up. Contrastingly, Max O'Dowd from the Netherlands has found the going tough at the top, registering only 55 runs in four innings. His struggle is evident, having faced 72 dot balls out of 95. Given the significance of this match, performances from these two could be game-changers for their respective sides.
Australia may undergo a reshuffle at the top as Travis Head, who has been nursing a broken hand, is keen on making a comeback. If he plays, the successful Warner-Marsh partnership might be disrupted. In the Netherlands team, captain Scott Edwards, who has deep Australian roots, and seasoned player Roelof van der Merwe are both pivotal. The Netherlands' dual spin threat, especially Aryan Dutt in the powerplay, could prove to be a challenge for Australia's top order. Dutt's role of stifling the run rate and picking up crucial wickets in the powerplay has been noteworthy in this tournament.
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Pitch and Weather Report
The Arun Jaitley Stadium's pitch is expected to be a run-fest early on but will likely offer more to the spinners as the game progresses. Previous matches, such as the one where South Africa racked up 428, hint at what batters can achieve here. The weather is anticipated to be clear, with temperatures hovering around 31°C. The gentle breeze will offer some respite, but teams should also be wary of the poor air quality in Delhi, which could affect players' respiratory health and endurance. Players may need frequent breaks and proper hydration to stay fit during the game. With these conditions, strategy formulation, especially concerning whether to bat or bowl first, will be crucial for both teams.
Australia (Probable): Travis Head, Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins (capt), Josh Inglis (wk), Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis
Netherlands (Probable): Sybrand Engelbrecht, Max O'Dowd, Teja Nidamanuru, Aryan Dutt, Colin Ackermann, Logan van Beek, Vikramjit Singh, Scott Edwards (capt & wk), Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Bas de Leede
The 24th match of the 2023 World Cup featuring Australia and the Netherlands will air live on the Star Sports network, available in several languages. For viewers in India, the match can also be streamed live via the Disney+ Hotstar app and website. This match is scheduled to take place at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday, October 25, kicking off at 2 pm IST/ 8:30 am GMT.
Australia's imposing past encounters in the World Cup cast a long shadow, but the unpredictable charm of cricket might just have a twist in store. The Netherlands, fueled by the spirit of recent triumphs and players with a touch of Aussie essence, are eager to rewrite history. As the two teams converge on the pitch, it's more than just a game; it's a dramatic spectacle of shared roots, audacious strategies, and the sheer thrill that only cricket can deliver. Buckle up, for a rollercoaster of emotions, strategies, and unparalleled cricketing action awaits!
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