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The Netherlands will be tested by an in-form New Zealand.

The Netherlands will be tested by an in-form New Zealand.

The Netherlands will need to up their game against a potent New Zealand side, while the latter will be looking for their second victory in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Monday, October 9th, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Summary

Both teams had contrasting starts to their Cricket World Cup campaigns. While New Zealand avenged their 2019 World Cup Final loss by crushing England in Ahmedabad, the Netherlands fell short of Pakistan by a wide margin in Hyderabad.

The Dutch can take heart from their performance against Pakistan, particularly their bowling and top-order batting. To compete with the Kiwis, they’ll have to punch far above their weight.

New Zealand dominated England and will be bolstered by the expected return of Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson. Kane Williamson, on the other hand, will miss the game as he works to regain full fitness.

Team

Netherlands: Scott Edwards (c), Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.

Important Players

Vikramjit Singh is from the Netherlands.
Vikramjit Singh was one of the few Dutch players to stand out in their first game against Pakistan.

The southpaw pitched a solid 52 pitches that included four fours and one six.

If the Dutch middle-order of Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, and others are to make the most of the conditions, Vikramjit needs to put in another strong performance in Hyderabad.

A strong start will be required for the Netherlands to stamp their authority on the game.

In the two overs he bowled against Pakistan, the all-rounder didn’t have much to show for his bowling abilities, but he can be a useful customer with the ball.

Mitchell Santner of New Zealand
Although Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra’s centuries dominated the headlines, New Zealand’s victory in Ahmedabad was paved by some determined bowling. Mitchell Santner led the charge with his 2/37.

Given the assistance the Hyderabad surface provided to Dutch and Pakistan spinners, Santner’s role on Monday will be critical. Santner’s tight lines help to control the scoring rate and can stymie opposing batters, forcing them to take aggressive shots.

Santner can also contribute down the order for New Zealand if necessary. In ODIs, he averages more than 27 with the bat and has a highest score of 67.

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