The ODI World Cup has taken an interesting turn as the defending champions England have become the first team to get eliminated from the tournament. They are now scheduled to face the Netherlands on Wednesday at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
England is currently at the bottom of the point table with only one win and a net run rate of -1.504. They will be eying a win against the Netherlands and improve their position before the end of the tournament.
In the last three fixtures played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, the team batting first had an average score of 284.
The betting tip is...
Team batting to score 270+
It has been a disappointing run for the English squad in the current World Cup. An unexpected end to the defending champions has raised some major questions for the team management. A loss against Australia in the previous fixture will also hurt the team.
The bowlers kept the team under control as the match began as Chris Woakes picked up 4 wickets in 9.3 overs at an economy of 5.68. Mark Wood and Adil Rashid scalped two wickets each.
The major disappointment was from the batting side. Jonny Bairstow made an early exit without scoring any runs. Dawid Malan (50 off 64) and Ben Stokes (64 off 90) tried to save the day the progress was at a slower run-rate.
Moeen Ali (42 off 43) and Chris Woakes (32 off 33) have a partnership at the lower end but couldn't complete the chase.
Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, and Chirs Woakes will be the key players for England.
Predicted Lineup: Jos Buttler (c & wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
The Netherlands have made headlines in the tournament with their wins over South Africa and Bangladesh. However, they witnessed a loss in their previous fixture against Afghanistan. In a low-scoring match, The Netherlands batters failed to give the team a good start.
Max O’Dowd (42 off 40), Colin Ackermann (29 off 35), and Sybrand Engelbrecht (58 off 86) made a valuable contribution but the rest of the batters failed to build partnerships and give a push to the overall score.
Logan Van Beek and Roelof van der Merwe gave the team an early advantage but as they picked up a single wicket each after that, the bowlers were unable to break partnerships of the opposition.
Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe & Sybrand Engelbrecht will be the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Scott Edwards (c & wk), Wesley Barresi, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Bas de Leede, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
The Netherlands can get motivated by reminding themselves of their win over South Africa. England’s team morale is low after consecutive losses and the men in orange might benefit from the same.
However, England has a much more balanced team with experienced players who won’t allow the Netherlands to dominate the game. We predict a win for England on Wednesday.