Cricket World Cup 2023 Match 2 Preview: Get ready for an exhilarating showdown as Pakistan (PAK) faces off against Netherlands (NED) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad in the ODI Cricket World Cup 2023. In head-to-head clashes, Pakistan holds the upper hand, having clinched victory in their last ODI encounter against the Netherlands, winning by a mere nine runs.
Cricket World Cup 2023 Match 2: Pakistan vs Netherlands Match Details
ICC cricket world cup 2023’s 2nd match between Pakistan and Netherlands set to take place on Friday, October 6th, 2023, at the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM IST.
- Match: PAK vs NED, 2nd Match, ICC World Cup 2023
- Date: Friday, October 06, 2023
- Time: 2:00 PM IST (8.30 AM GMT)
- Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Pakistan vs Netherlands: Recent Form and Performances
Pakistan recently faced off against Australia in a warm-up match, a high-scoring affair that saw Australia score 351 runs. Pakistan, in response, came close to the target but fell short of 14 runs, with standout performances by Babar Azam, who notched up a resilient 90 runs, and Iftikhar Ahmed, who contributed a crucial 83 runs in the chase.
On the other side, the Netherlands also locked horns with Australia in their warm-up match, although it was interrupted by rain. The match was characterized by a reduced playing time, with Australia posting 166 runs in 23 overs. The Netherlands showcased their mettle, with standout performances by Roelof van der Merwe, Bas de Leede, and Logan van Beek, each claiming two wickets.
Pakistan vs Netherlands: Historical Encounters
Pakistan and the Netherlands have only faced each other on a few occasions. Both teams have only played 6 ODIs and 2 T20Is with each other so far. Pakistan has defeated the Netherlands in every encounter. Hence, the Netherlands will have a tough challenge against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2023.
Pakistan and Netherlands will face each other for the first time on Indian soil. They last played an ODI match in August 2022. They faced each other in a T20I game during ICC T20 World Cup 2022 last year. Pakistan is a stronger side than the Netherlands but the latter has surprised teams in the past and will hope for the same.
Pakistan vs Netherlands Pitch Report: Pitch Conditions and Strategy
Pitch Report, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium: The pitch at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium promises to be a batting paradise, offering opportunities for pacers to make their mark. Chasing has been the preferred strategy, adding an extra layer of excitement to the encounter.
The average score at this pitch is 266 runs. The pitch is more batting and pace bowling-friendly as compared to spin bowling.
PAK vs NED: Probable Playing XI
Pakistan’s Probable Playing XI
Playing 11: FK Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk) Abdullah Shafique, IU Haq, SH Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, S Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali.
Bench: Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Mohammad Wasim, Usama Mir
Netherlands’ Probable Playing XI
Playing 11: MP O’Dowd, W Barresi, BFW de Leede, SA Engelbrecht, Colin Ackermann, Vikramjit Singh, RE van der Merwe, S Edwards (C), Logan van Beek, AT Nidamanuru, Shariz Ahmad.
Bench: Saqib Zulfiqar, R Klein, Aryan Dutt, PA van Meekeren
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits this clash, the stage is set for a gripping encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, where two formidable teams, Pakistan and the Netherlands, will battle it out in the ODI Cricket World Cup 2023. With historical statistics favoring Pakistan and a promising pitch, cricket enthusiasts can anticipate an enthralling match.