Pakistan and Netherlands will face each other in the second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Friday, October 6, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. This will be the first time that these two teams will meet in a World Cup match. Pakistan are one of the favourites to win the tournament, while Netherlands are the surprise qualifiers who have impressed everyone with their performances in the past few years.
Pakistan have announced their 15-member squad and three traveling reserves for the mega event in India. The squad is led by Babar Azam, who is ranked as the number one ODI batsman in the world. The other key players in the team are Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Shadab Khan. Pakistan have also included some young and exciting talents like Haider Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, and Zahid Mahmood.
Pakistan’s recent form has been inconsistent and they have faced some controversies right before the World Cup. They lost their last two matches in the Asia Cup 2023 against India and Sri Lanka, which exposed their weaknesses in batting and fielding. They also had some issues with their chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, who skipped a review meeting after the Asia Cup debacle. Moreover, veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez resigned from his role as vice-captain right before the World Cup.
Pakistan will hope to overcome these challenges and perform well in the World Cup. They have a history of being unpredictable and they can beat any team on their day. They have won the World Cup once in 1992 and reached the final in 1999. They have also won the Champions Trophy in 2017 and the T20 World Cup in 2009.
Netherlands have announced their 15-member squad for the World Cup, which is led by Pieter Seelaar. The squad features some experienced players like Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe, Timm van der Gugten, and Ben Cooper. The squad also has some promising youngsters like Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Philippe Boissevain, and Scott Edwards.
Netherlands’ recent form has been impressive and they have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2011. They finished second in the ICC Cricket World League Championship 2015-17, which earned them a spot in the World Cup Qualifier 2023. They topped their group in the qualifier and reached the final, where they lost to Sri Lanka by 128 runs. However, they had already secured their place in the World Cup by reaching the final.
Netherlands have shown that they can compete with the top teams in the world. They have beaten teams like England, Ireland, Scotland, and Zimbabwe in ODIs. They have also performed well in T20Is, where they are ranked as the number 14 team in the world. They have won some memorable matches in T20 World Cups, such as beating England by 45 runs in 2009 and chasing down 190 against Ireland in 2014.
The match between Pakistan and Netherlands will be an interesting one to watch. Pakistan are expected to win the match easily, given their superior skills and experience. However, they cannot afford to take Netherlands lightly, as they can spring a surprise with their fighting spirit and determination.
The key players for Pakistan will be Babar Azam, who is one of the best batsmen in the world. He has scored over 4000 runs in ODIs at an average of 56.83 and a strike rate of 88.69. He has also scored 14 centuries and 18 fifties in ODIs. He will be supported by Mohammad Rizwan, who has been in excellent form recently. He has scored over 1000 runs in ODIs this year at an average of 66.66 and a strike rate of 93.75. He has also scored four centuries and four fifties in ODIs this year.
The key players for Netherlands will be Ryan ten Doeschate, who is one of the most experienced and successful players in associate cricket. He has scored over 3000 runs in ODIs at an average of 67.00 and a strike rate of 87.49. He has also scored nine centuries and 16 fifties in ODIs. He will be joined by Roelof van der Merwe, who is an all-rounder who can contribute with both bat and ball. He has scored over 1000 runs in ODIs at an average of 28.97 and a strike rate of 98.67. He has also taken 55 wickets in ODIs at an average of 25.76 and an economy rate of 4.69.
The match between Pakistan and Netherlands will be a clash of two contrasting teams. Pakistan are a powerhouse of cricket, while Netherlands are a rising force in associate cricket. Pakistan have the edge over Netherlands in terms of skills, experience, and records. However, Netherlands have the potential to cause an upset with their passion, enthusiasm, and talent. The match will be a test of Pakistan’s consistency and Netherlands’ resilience.
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