The fever of the ODI World Cup is about to begin but before that, the warm-up matches between the participating teams will be taking place from Friday. Australia will face the Netherlands on Saturday at the Greenfield Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.
The heavyweights of international cricket, Australia, will be eying to start the winning momentum from the warm-up match itself and continue it till the end of the ODI World Cup. David Warner will be in the spotlight because he has been consistently scoring runs and giving a solid start to the team.
The Netherlands has qualified for the ODI World Cup after more than a decade. They will be eying to start the competition with a win in the warm-up fixture against one of the biggest teams in the world. The top bookmakers have WC odds on their platform.
David Warner has scored 3 fifties in the last 5 matches and keeping opponents in mind, we think Warner will reach the three-figure mark in this one.
The betting tip is...
David Warner to score a century
It was a disappointing end for the team as they lost the ODI series to India. However, it can’t be said that the Aussies have lost the rhythm as they have some of the best players in the team who can perform exceptionally well in any kind of conditions.
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Steve Smith are expected to start the match for the team at the top order. David Warner is slowly and steadily regaining his form and has been scoring runs in the recent fixtures. He has scored three half-centuries in the last 5 ODIs. Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis will be responsible for scoring runs in the middle order.
Skipper Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood will handle the pace department with Adam Zampa responsible for the spin bowling. One thing that should be noted for the Aussie squad is that it has multiple all-rounders who are skilled to perform at their best with both bat and bowl.
Travis Head will miss out on the warm-up match and the initial phase of the ODI World Cup because of his injury.
Predicted Lineup: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc
The Netherlands stunned everyone with their performance during the ICC ODI World Cup Qualifiers. They witnessed defeat against Sri Lanka in the final match but finalised their spot for the ODI World Cup. Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, and Wesley Barresi will be opening the game for the team at the top order.
Noah Croes and skipper Scott Edwards will be building up a partnership in the middle order. Logan Van Beek and Ryan Klein will be responsible for the pace attack with the new ball. Aryan Dutt will be trying to control the game with his spin bowling.
Bas de Leede will be spotlight as he is a prominent allrounder for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Wesley Berresi, Bas de Leede, Noah Croes, Scott Edwards (wk) (c), Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Ryan Klein, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd.
Netherlands has made it to the ODI World Cup but their mission to glory won’t be an easy task. The Australian cricket team is expected to be at its best during the match and they have a much more balanced side.
After a loss in the ODI series against India, the Aussies are expected to bring in the fire in their performance against the Netherlands. We predict a win for Australia in the warm-up match on Saturday.