Pakistan and Netherlands will contest the second match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. Pakistan played both their warm-up games at the same venue, both of which they lost. They will now look to start the main games with a win over underdogs Netherlands.
While Pakistan, who were the world’s no 1 ODI team until last month, have a strong squad, their recent performances have not been consistent. They failed to make it to the final of the Asia Cup, where the only other strong team was India, and they also lost both their warm up matches. Nevertheless, they remain one of the favourites to make it to the semi-final of the World Cup. They have two of the world’s best pacers in Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf, while their batting will be spearheaded by the no. 1 batsman in ODI rankings, Babar Azam.
Netherlands, meanwhile, will be expecting runs from Vikramjit Singh and their captain Scott Edwards. Singh scored 326 runs from eight matches at an average of 40.75 in the Qualifiers, while Edwards scored 314 runs in eight games at an average of 62.80. Netherlands finished the Qualifiers as the runners-up, after losing to Sri Lanka in the finals. The World Cup will provide them the experience of playing against the top teams.
Ahead of the match between Pakistan and Netherlands, here is everything you need to know.
Pakistan vs Netherlands Injury Update
Both teams do not have any new injuries except that Pakistan’s Naseem Shah was ruled of the tournament due to an injury.
Pakistan vs Netherlands Predicted XI
Pakistan Playing XI
Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Iftikhar-Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir.
Netherlands Playing XI
Max O’Dowd, Scott Edwards (C & WK), Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Vikramjit Singh, Saqib-Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Paul van Meekeren, Shariz Ahmad.
Pakistan vs Netherlands Match Details
Match: Pakistan vs Netherlands
Date & Time: October 6, 2.00 PM IST
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Pakistan vs Netherlands Fantasy Team
Wicket-Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan, Scott Edwards
Batters: Babar Azam (captain), Imam-ul-Haq, Max O’Dowd
All-Rounders: Colin Ackermann, Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Bas de Leede
Bowlers: Logan van Beek, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Pakistan vs Netherlands: Hyderabad Weather and Pitch Report
Both the warm-up games played in Hyderabad were high scoring games. More than 300 runs were scored in each innings of both the matches. The spinners are also expected to perform well on this surface.
The wear in Hyderabad will be sunny with a maximum temperature of 36 degrees Celsius during the day. Rain is not forecast.
Pakistan vs Netherlands, 2023 World Cup Broadcast details
The match between Pakistan and Netherlands will be live on the Star Sports network as far as TV is concerned.
Pakistan vs Netherlands Live Streaming
Disney + Hotstar has picked up streaming rights of the Pakistan vs Netherlands match. The toss will take place at 1.30 PM IST.
Pakistan vs Netherlands ODI matches Head-to-Head
|Matches won by Pakistan||6|
|Matches won by Netherlands||0|
Pakistan vs Netherlands Match Prediction
Not that we have not seen underdogs defeat the better teams at the World Cup in the past, but it would be safe to assume that Pakistan will win this match.