The much-awaited ICC ODI World Cup is around the corner and ten of the best teams from across the globe will be eyeing to reach the pinnacle of success and lift the trophy this year. On Friday, Pakistan will face the Netherlands in the 2nd World Cup match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
Pakistan is in the spotlight this year with some of the best players on the team. Expectations are high from skipper Babar Azam and his men as they have played some quality cricket in recent times. The top bookmakers in India have odds for this cricket extravaganza.
Netherlands qualified for the ICC World Cup tournament this year after 12 years of absence. They will be eyeing to make a huge impact this year and won’t allow any opposition to dominate them easily.
In the last 5 ODIs, Rizwan has scored 262 runs at an average of 52.4 with three half-centuries and he will surely be looking to go all guns blazing against minnows.
The betting tip is...
Mohammad Rizwan to score century
Men in Green are coming to play on the Indian sub-continent after 12 years. After many controversies, finally, they are in the country to play the most prominent tournament in ODI cricket. The strength of the Pakistan squad lies in their batting lineup.
They have good depth in batting with Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, and Abdullah Shafique in good momentum of scoring runs. Out of these four, Mohammad Rizwan has scored consistently in the last 5 ODIs with three half-centuries.
In the bowling unit, Naseem Shah is not part of the tournament because of his injury but has been replaced by equally ferocious Hasan Ali. However, Hasan Ali is playing in an ODI tournament after more than a year and will be under pressure to perform.
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi are the key players for Pakistan.
Predicted Lineup: Imam-Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Usama Mir
Netherlands is coming to action in the ODI format after their loss in the final game during the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. Having less experience in the ODI format will definitely hurt the team. Vikramjit Singh & Max O’Dowd will be responsible for the top order.
Wesley Barresi has not made any major impact in the last game and hence he will be under pressure to perform. Logan van Beek, Ryan Klein, Aryan Dutt, and Clayton Floyd will be responsible for giving a good rhythm to the team with the bowl.
Vikramjit Singh, Logan van Beek, and Max O’Dowd are the key players for the Netherlands.
Predicted Lineup: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Noah Croes, Wesley Barresi, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Ryan Klein, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd
The Netherlands has proved themselves as a team which can provide a huge upset against any big team. However, considering the fact they are coming to play ODI format after a long time, the chances of that happening are very low.
Pakistan is in good form and they will be in control of the game from the first ball. Their batters especially Rizwan are in the form of his life and can be a game-changer. We predict a win for Pakistan in the 2nd ODI of the World Cup on Friday.