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Pakistan vs Netherlands ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Preview - Match 2


ICC World Cup  •  6 Oct, 2023  •  3,497 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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After much anticipation, the showdown between Pakistan and the Netherlands in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is set to take place in Hyderabad, India. Despite administrative hitches and visa dilemmas, Pakistan is all set to mark its presence on the field against a resilient Netherlands team. While it’s not the fiercest of starts, it’s a match between a team sceptical about its arrival and another ready to give their all.

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Venue Selection

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Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will witness the World Cup clash between these two teams. While an opening Pakistan game in World Cup history is known to be bustling, logistical issues, especially with ticketing and visa procedures for Pakistani citizens, might mean that this game won't witness a packed house. Yet, the locals have shown immense support for the visiting team, especially during their warm-up match against Australia.

Form Guide - Pakistan

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Pakistan’s preparations have been less than ideal. After looking strong with their key fast bowlers in top form, a recent slump saw them finish at the bottom of the Super 4s in the Asia Cup. Additionally, the loss of Naseem Shah to injury and the inconsistent form of Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman are points of concern. Warm-up performances were also below par, making it vital not to underestimate their opponents.

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Form Guide - Netherlands

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The Netherlands faced their challenges with their warm-up matches, primarily due to rain. Their last significant 50-over game was three months ago in the World Cup Qualifier final. Their batting looks promising, and if Hyderabad offers a batting-friendly wicket as during the warm-ups, the Netherlands might fancy their chances. Their bowling, boasting names like Roelof van der Merwe, Shariz Ahmed, and Bas de Leede, could spring surprises.

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