Cricket fans are in for a treat as Pakistan gears up to clash with the Netherlands in the second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Pakistan, renowned for its formidable pace attack, holds a distinct advantage, while the Netherlands, participating in their fifth World Cup, are eager to make their mark.
The Battle Date and Venue
The battle unfolds on the 6th of October at 2:00 PM IST in the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.
Pakistan’s Strength: Quality Pace Attack
Pakistan emerges as one of the strongest teams in the tournament, primarily due to their superior pace attack. This strength gives them a competitive edge over other teams, making them a formidable force.
Netherlands’ World Cup Journey
On the other side, the Netherlands enters this World Cup as seasoned contenders, having previously participated in four World Cups. Their experience and determination to make an impact in this tournament elevate the stakes of this clash.
Previous Upsets: New Zealand Shakes the Defending Champions
In the tournament’s opening game, defending champions faced a massive setback as New Zealand triumphed, securing a comprehensive victory by nine wickets. This unexpected outcome set the stage for a thrilling and unpredictable World Cup.
Hyderabad Pitch Report: A Batsman’s Paradise
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad boasts a pitch that favors the batsmen. The batters will find it conducive to play big shots, setting the stage for a potentially high-scoring match. A total of 350-400 runs is considered defendable on this pitch.
Predicted Playing XIs
- Pakistan Squad:
- Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (w), Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir
- Netherlands Squad:
- Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Wesley Barresi, Scott Edwards (w/c), Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Paul van Meekeren, Aryan Dutt, Shariz Ahmad
Key Performers and Dream11 Picks
- Captain: Babar Azam (Pakistan)
- Vice-Captain: Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)
- Top Batters: Babar Azam (Pakistan), Max O’Dowd (Netherlands), Imam ul Haq (Pakistan)
- Top Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan), Haris Rauf (Pakistan)
Dream11 Best Team
- Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan (vc), Scott Edwards
- Batsmen: Babar Azam (c), Max O’Dowd, Imam ul Haq
- All-rounders: Bas de Leede, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed
- Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Logan van Beek
Match Prediction: Pakistan Holds the Edge
With a formidable pace attack and top-class batters like Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan is the favorite to emerge victorious in this clash against the Netherlands. Stay tuned for an electrifying encounter in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Dream11 Teams are Below, Go according to Toss.
Team 2 For, If Pakistan Bat First.