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 Match 34: Netherlands vs Afghanistan Match Date, Time, Squad, Venue, Pitch Report, Prediction, Head to head Record, Key Players, Match Overview

As the tournament is going towards crucial stages and every match has so much importance, the match between Netherlands and Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 promises to be a nail-biting encounter full of excitement and anticipation. Both teams will showcase their skills, strategies, and determination as they battle on the field in pursuit of victory. Loaded with talented players, both teams aim to showcase their cricketing heritage in the marquee event.

As the two sides are comprised of formidable squads, the fans expect a thrilling encounter and fierce competition between these two sides.

Netherlands vs Afghanistan CWC 2023 Squad:

NED Squad: Scott Edwards(c)(wk), Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Tom Cooper, Wesley Barresi(wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Noah Croes, Bas de Leede, Michael Levitt, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd, Roelof van der Merwe, Shariz Ahmed, Ryan Klein, Vivian Kingma.
AFG Squad: Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Riaz Hassan, Ikram Alikhil(wk), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Naveen ul Haq, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad.

Afghanistan vs Netherlands World Cup Match Date & Time:

The enthralling encounter between Afghanistan and Netherlands in Match No.34 of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will occur on Friday, 3 November 2023, starting at 2:00 p.m. (IST). As two cricketing powerhouses, this battle is crucial for their respective campaigns in the tournament and holds immense significance for their fans across the globe.

Afghanistan vs Netherlands World Cup 2023 Venue:

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee(BRSABV) Ekana Cricket Stadium will host the match between Afghanistan and Netherlands. It is an international cricket stadium in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. It is the fifth-largest international cricket stadium in India. This arena has a seating capacity of 50,000. This stadium was named after the former prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This stadium has the most extended straight boundary compared to all other stadiums in India.

Ekana Cricket Stadium Records:

Total Matches: 4

Batting First Won: 2

Batting Second Won: 2

Average 1st Innings Score: 188

Highest Total: 253/5 by West Indies.

Lowest Total: 194 by Afghanistan 

Ekana Cricket Stadium Pitch Report:

The pitch favors bowlers as the wicket becomes slow as the match progresses. It assists both spin bowlers and fast bowlers. Fast bowlers will get some assistance from the pitch at the start of the innings, but later on, spinners will dominate the game. It is a low-scoring pitch due to its dry nature. Weather conditions also affect the behavior of the pitch. It is difficult to bat on this ground as the pitch is slow and dry. The dew will also play a crucial role in the matches, as the tournament is scheduled for October-November. If there is no dew, the team who won the toss will choose to bat first because, in the second inning, the pitch will get slower and more challenging to play.

Ned vs Afg head to head:

In head-to-head matches, Netherlands and Afghanistan have faced each other in 9 one-day internationals. Out of these matches, Afghanistan has won 7, whereas the Netherlands has come out victorious twice

Afghanistan vs Netherlands head to head in World Cups:

Afghanistan and the Netherlands still need to meet each other at the 50-Over World Cup. Afghanistan Team played their first World Cup in 2015 in Australia; the 2023 World Cup is Afghanistan’s third consecutive World Cup. On the other hand, the Netherlands qualified for the World Cup after 12 years. They played their last World Cup in 2011 in India.

Afg vs Ned ODI World Cup Match Overview:

Afghanistan’s rise in international cricket has been nothing short of remarkable. With a combination of experienced veterans and promising young talent, the Afghan side is ready to make a mark on the international stage. Hashmatullah Shahidi-led side includes Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, and Mohammad Nabi. With their variations and accuracy, the two magicians with the ball, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, could be a tough challenge for the Dutch batters. On the other hand, Scott Edwards-led side mainly depends on their batting lineup. A significant chunk of their batting lineup lies on the shoulders of openers Vikramjit Singh and Max O’Dowd, the star performers over the years. Logan van Beek and Ryan Klein, the two experienced fast bowlers, are determined to put up a great show against Afghanistan.

Key Players in AFG vs NED World Cup Match:

As both teams gear up for this crucial encounter, all eyes will be on the key players from both sides who have the potential to shine and make a significant impact on the game. The key asset for Afghanistan might be Fazalhaq Farooqi, a skillful left-arm fast bowler capable of troubling batters with his deceptive variations. His ability to swing the ball and execute pinpoint yorkers makes him a potent wicket-taking option in the bowling lineup. For the Netherlands, one player to watch out for is Bas de Leede, known for creating impact in the game with the bat and ball. With his vast experience in international cricket, Bas de Leede has repeatedly proven that he can single-handedly change the course of a match. His presence adds depth and balance to the team.

Netherlands vs Afghanistan World Cup 2023 Prediction:

Both teams have made significant strides in recent years, showcasing their potential and ability to compete against some of the world’s top cricketing nations. The Netherlands, known for their disciplined approach and strong team spirit, will look to make a mark in this tournament by putting up a formidable performance against Afghanistan. Meanwhile, with its experienced batting lineup and skillful bowling attack, Afghanistan will be eager to assert itself as a force to be reckoned with against the Dutch side. The World Cup is going to be held in India, and the pitches in India are very spin-friendly. Having world-class spinners, Afghanistan will surely have the upper hand over the Netherlands. However, we cannot take the Netherlands lightly as they also have many big names and the potential to upset Afghanistan.  

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