In an exciting showdown of cricketing talent, Pakistan is set to face the Netherlands in the second match of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. The clash will take place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 6.
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Pakistan vs Netherlands Match Preview
Pakistan enters the World Cup with high expectations but is aware of the need to improve their fielding. Facing the Netherlands early in the competition will be a test for their star players to regain their form and address their shortcomings. Pakistan, led by the dynamic Babar Azam, enters the tournament as a formidable contender for the championship. Their potent batting lineup, anchored by Babar Azam himself, and a lethal pace unit featuring Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf make them a force to be reckoned with. On the other hand, the Netherlands, the only associate nation in the competition, earned their spot by winning the qualifiers in Zimbabwe earlier this year. They are determined to make a significant impact on the world stage.
On the other hand, the Netherlands, participating in their first ODI World Cup since 2011, lack recent game time due to rain-interrupted warm-up matches. However, their victory in the qualifiers over West Indies and Ireland showcases their potential.
The clash between Pakistan and the Netherlands promises to be a thrilling encounter, and cricket fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the action at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Pakistan vs Netherlands Match Details
- Date: October 6, 2023
- Time: 2:00 PM IST
- Toss: 1:30 PM IST
- Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
- TV channel: Star Sports Network
- Live Streaming: Disney+Hotstar
Teams and Players
Let’s take a closer look at the key players on both sides.
Pakistan playing XI
- Fakhar Zaman
- Babar Azam (Captain)
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Salman Agha
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Shadab Khan
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Shaheen Afridi
- Haris Rauf
- Hasan Ali
Netherlands Playing XI
- Vikramjit Singh
- Max O’Dowd
- Wesley Barresi
- Bas de Leede
- Sybrand Engelbrecht
- Teja Nidamanuru
- Scott Edwards (Captain)
- Roelof van de Merwe
- Logan van Beek
- Paul van Meekeren
- Aryan Dutt
Key Players to Watch Out For
Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Babar Azam is a star player and the captain of the Pakistani team. He aims to leave a lasting mark in Pakistani cricket by leading his team to victory in the World Cup. With an impressive batting average of 58.16 and a strike rate of 89.12 in 108 ODIs, Babar Azam is a consistent performer. He has 28 half-centuries and 19 centuries to his name, and he is eager to add more tons to his tally during the tournament.
Vikramjit Singh (Netherlands)
Vikramjit Singh, a young and talented left-handed opener, carries the responsibility of providing strong starts for the Netherlands in the World Cup. With 808 runs in 25 ODIs, including four half-centuries and a century, Vikramjit is a promising player. However, he faces a formidable challenge from Pakistan’s pace attack, especially during the initial overs.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is expected to witness high-scoring matches, with an average first-innings batting score of 288 in seven ODIs played at this venue. The weather forecast for the match day predicts partly cloudy conditions, with temperatures ranging between 26°C and 28°C. Fortunately, there is no rainfall expected, ensuring uninterrupted proceedings.
Where to Watch Pakistan vs Netherlands Match
The Pakistan vs. Netherlands match will commence at 2 PM IST and will be broadcasted on the Star Sports Network. Additionally, fans can stream the match digitally on Disney+Hotstar, and mobile users can enjoy the stream for free.
Where to Watch in India
- TV Broadcast: Star Sports Network
- Online Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar (Free for mobile users; subscription required for other devices)
Enjoy the clash of titans as Pakistan takes on the Netherlands in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023!
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