Australia and Netherlands will face each other in the 24th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi on Wednesday, 25 October 2023. This will be the first time these two teams will meet in a World Cup match. Both teams have qualified for the tournament through the Cricket World Cup Super League and will be looking to gain some momentum and confidence ahead of the knockout stages. Here is our prediction and tips for this exciting clash.
Australia and Netherlands have played only one ODI match against each other, which was in 2009 at Potchefstroom, South Africa. Australia won that match by 229 runs after scoring 361 for 8 in 50 overs and bowling out Netherlands for 132 in 26.5 overs. Shane Watson scored a century (135 off 132 balls) and took two wickets for Australia, while Ryan ten Doeschate top-scored with 57 off 53 balls for Netherlands.
Australia have been in good form in the ODI format, winning seven of their last ten matches. They have beaten India, New Zealand, England and West Indies in this period, with their only losses coming against South Africa and India. Their most recent series was against West Indies in July 2022, where they won 4-1 after losing the first match.
Netherlands have also been impressive in the ODI format, winning six of their last ten matches. They have beaten Ireland, Scotland, Namibia and Oman in this period, with their only losses coming against Ireland and Zimbabwe. Their most recent series was against Zimbabwe in September 2022, where they won 2-1 after losing the first match.
Australia are likely to field a strong and balanced side, with David Warner and Aaron Finch opening the batting, followed by Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis in the middle order. Alex Carey will keep the wickets and lead the side, while Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood will form the bowling attack.
Netherlands are expected to rely on their experienced players, with Max O’Dowd and Stephan Myburgh opening the batting, followed by Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Pieter Seelaar and Scott Edwards in the middle order. Edwards will also keep the wickets and Seelaar will captain the side, while Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Logan van Beek and Brandon Glover will form the bowling attack.
The pitch at Arun Jaitley Stadium is usually good for batting, with an average score of around 270 runs in ODIs. However, there could be some assistance for the spinners as the match progresses. The weather forecast for Delhi on Wednesday is sunny and hot, with no chances of rain. The temperature is expected to be around 34 degrees Celsius.
Australia are the clear favourites to win this match, given their superior record, form and quality. They have a powerful batting line-up that can score big runs against any bowling attack, and a potent bowling attack that can take wickets at regular intervals. They also have more experience of playing in big tournaments and pressure situations.
Netherlands are the underdogs in this match, but they should not be underestimated. They have some talented players who can perform well on their day, especially with the bat. They also have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this match, which could give them some freedom and motivation.
However, we think that Australia will be too strong for Netherlands and will win this match comfortably. We predict that Australia will score around 350 runs in their innings and will restrict Netherlands to around 200 runs in their innings. We also tip David Warner to be the top scorer for Australia and Timm van der Gugten to be the top wicket-taker for Netherlands.
Australia vs Netherlands is an interesting match to watch in the World Cup 2023, as it will be the first time these two teams will meet in a World Cup match. Australia are the favourites to win this match, based on their record, form and quality. Netherlands are the underdogs in this match, but they have some potential to cause an upset if they play well. However, we predict that Australia will win this match easily by around 150 runs.
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