Today, we have an exciting cricket match between England and the Netherlands in the World Cup 2023. England, led by Jos Buttler, has been going through a tough time, losing several games in a row. They are playing against the Netherlands at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Expected Changes in the England Team
Mark Wood won’t be able to play in this match due to a knee injury, and Ben Stokes might also be sitting this one out due to some health issues.
David Willey is close to a significant milestone. He needs just five more wickets to reach a total of 100 wickets in One Day Internationals (ODIs).
A Milestone on the Horizon
Jos Buttler, the England captain, is also nearing a milestone. He is just 71 runs away from reaching 5000 runs in ODI cricket.
Form Guide of Both Teams
In their last five completed ODI matches, England has lost all five, while the Netherlands has won two out of their last five games.
How the Netherlands Has Been Doing So Far
The Netherlands has played seven matches in the World Cup, winning two of them. They first defeated South Africa by defending a modest score of 245. Then, they won against Bangladesh by 87 runs, defending a score of 229.
The Netherlands’ X-Factor
Two Netherlands players, Bas de Leede and Paul van Meekeran, have been impressive in the Powerplay 2, taking a total of 15 wickets. This is a threat to the England batters who have been struggling in the middle overs.
What to Expect in the Match
In recent history, teams chasing have had an advantage at this venue. Only South Africa has managed to win at this stadium while batting first.
What’s at Stake in this Match?
A victory for either England or the Netherlands will significantly improve their chances of qualifying for the ICC Champions Trophy.
How to Qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy
The top seven teams in the World Cup will qualify for the eight-team ICC Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to be held in Pakistan in 2025. The host nation gets automatic qualification.
England’s Focus on Champions Trophy Qualification
England has already been eliminated from the World Cup semifinals, so their focus is on qualifying for the ICC Champions Trophy. This is crucial for them, and they are determined to win both of their remaining matches.
Mood in the Netherlands Camp
The Netherlands understands that even though England has had some tough games, they are a world-class team and should not be underestimated. They are preparing to face the best England has to offer.
England’s Biggest Concern
England’s main worry is their batters’ form. Even their top batter, Joe Root, has only scored 18 runs in his last four games.
England and the Netherlands have played each other six times, and England has won every time. Will the Netherlands be able to break the streak today?
Netherlands: Wesley Barresi, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards(w/c), Bas de Leede, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, Teja Nidamanuru, Vikramjit Singh, Ryan Klein, Shariz Ahmad
England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w/c), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Brydon Carse, Harry Brook, Gus Atkinson
The match starts at 2:00 pm, and the toss will be held at 1:30 pm. Stay with us for live updates on this exciting cricket World Cup match between the Netherlands and England.