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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Pakistan vs Netherlands ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Preview - Match 2
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Written by Anand Swami
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
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
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.
Players in Focus
Shadab Khan of Pakistan is undoubtedly under the spotlight. His recent form has been a concern for Pakistan, with his performance in the World Cup likely to determine his place in the team. On the other hand, the Netherlands will be pinning their hopes on Bas de Leede, who has shown tremendous form, particularly in the World Cup qualifiers.
Pakistan's playing XI might see Hasan Ali preferred over Mohammad Wasim. Incorporating Usama Mir could mean a compromise in the batting department. For the Netherlands, their probable XI looks well-balanced with key players like Max O'Dowd, Bas de Leede, and Roelof van der Merwe set to play pivotal roles.
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Pitch and Weather Report
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad boasts a balanced pitch, initially favouring pacers but evening out for batsmen as the day advances. This dynamic ensures a captivating contest. Weather-wise, Hyderabad is set for a hot and humid day with temperatures nearing 33 degrees and no rain forecasted. The soaring humidity pegged at 66%, might challenge players' stamina, making strategy crucial.
Pakistan (Possible XI):
Babar Azam (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Saud Shakeel/Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Rizwan (wk).
Netherlands (Possible XI):
Max O'Dowd, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmed, Scott Edwards (capt & wk), Paul van Meekeren, Vikramjit Singh, Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, Ryan Klein, Colin Ackermann.
The ICC Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Netherlands will be aired live on Star Sports Network from 2 PM IST. Additionally, fans can stream the encounter on the Disney+Hotstar app and website.
The match between Pakistan and Netherlands might not be the blockbuster opening many expected, but it's a game filled with uncertainties and potential surprises. Both teams will be eager to start their World Cup campaigns on a high note, ensuring a gripping contest for the fans.
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