Australia vs Netherlands ICC World Cup 2023: Top 5 player matchups to watch out for

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Australia vs Netherlands ICC World Cup 2023: Top 5 player matchups to watch out for

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Australia is set to face off against the Netherlands in the 24th match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, which will take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday, October 25. Currently, Australia occupies the fourth position in the points table, having secured two wins and suffered two losses. Despite a shaky start to their campaign, the Australian team has demonstrated a strong resurgence, securing convincing victories in their last two matches. They outplayed Sri Lanka, winning by five wickets, and triumphed over Pakistan with a substantial margin of 62 runs.

The Netherlands, currently standing at seventh place in the points table, has performed creditably, surpassing teams like Sri Lanka, England, and Bangladesh. They have participated in four games and notably secured a remarkable victory over South Africa. However, in their most recent match, they faced a setback, succumbing to a five-wicket loss against Sri Lanka.

Australia displayed an impressive batting performance in their victory against Pakistan in Bengaluru. Batting first, they amassed a formidable total of 367/9 in their allotted 50 overs, with the top order delivering exceptional performances. With the ball, they effectively contained Babar Azam and his team, limiting them to 305 runs. The Australian team is determined to maintain their momentum.

Netherlands, on the other hand, managed to recover from a challenging start to score 262 runs against Sri Lanka. However, their efforts fell short as their opponents successfully chased down the target in 48.2 overs with five wickets in hand. With this context in mind, let’s delve into the key player matchups to keep an eye on in the upcoming Australia vs. Netherlands clash.

David Warner versus Logan van Beek

Experienced Australian opener David Warner had a challenging start to his 2023 World Cup journey. While he showed promise with a score of 41 against India, he followed it with modest scores of 13 and 11. However, Warner’s fortunes took a turn for the better against Pakistan after an early reprieve. He unleashed a stunning innings, scoring 163 runs from 124 balls, comprising 14 boundaries and nine towering sixes. His partnership with Mitchell Marsh (121) yielded a formidable 259 runs for the first wicket. Having regained his form, Warner is now eager to sustain his momentum and produce more impressive performances. Can he replicate his recent heroics against the Dutch?

Logan van Beek has emerged as one of the standout performers for the Netherlands in this World Cup. The fast bowler played a pivotal role with figures of 3/60 in their historic victory over South Africa and has consistently delivered in other matches as well. Van Beek has shown a knack for thriving under pressure, evident in his performances during the qualifiers and even with the bat against Sri Lanka when the Netherlands found themselves at 91/6. He possesses the ability to claim wickets at critical junctures, and getting Warner out will be a significant challenge.

Colin Ackermann vs Josh Hazlewood

In the 2023 World Cup, the Netherlands had placed a heavy burden on Colin Ackermann to make an impact with the bat, but he has struggled to live up to expectations. Starting with a modest 17 against Pakistan, his most notable performance came against New Zealand, where he contributed a resilient 69. However, in the last two matches, Ackermann recorded disappointing scores of 12 and 29. Despite his potential with the bat, the question remains: can he rise to the occasion against Australia?

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has had a mixed run in the tournament. He began impressively with figures of 3/38 against India, dismissing key Indian batsmen in a match that ended in defeat. Since then, he has managed to take only two wickets in three games and has not posed the same level of threat. Nevertheless, Hazlewood’s talent is undeniable, and he could pose a significant challenge to Ackermann if he finds his form. Ackermann should be cautious of his capabilities.

Steve Smith vs Aryan Dutt

Experienced Australian batsman Steve Smith has had a disappointing campaign in the 2023 World Cup, failing to register a single half-century to date. The closest he came was a score of 46 against India, but he lacked fluency even in that innings. Subsequently, his scores have been 19, 0, and 7. Smith now has an opportunity to find his rhythm and contribute to Australia’s cause against the Netherlands.

Aryan Dutt, an off-spinner for the Netherlands, has been one of their standout performers in the World Cup. He claimed 2/62 against New Zealand, showcased economical bowling against South Africa, and picked up 3/44 against Sri Lanka. Dutt appears to relish challenging situations, making the prospect of him bowling against Smith an intriguing battle.

Scott Edwards vs Adam Zampa

Netherlands’ captain, Scott Edwards, was the hero in their historic victory over South Africa. He played a crucial innings of an unbeaten 78 from 69 balls, rescuing his team from a tricky situation and putting pressure on the Proteas. The Netherlands’ impressive performance against South Africa adds to the anticipation of Edwards playing another captain’s innings in their quest for another upset.

Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa didn’t enter the World Cup in the best of forms, and his initial matches were costly. However, Zampa made a remarkable comeback, registering four-wicket hauls in wins against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. With Zampa in great form, his battle against Dutch skipper Edwards promises to be an intriguing contest.

Glenn Maxwell vs Paul van Meekeren

The enigmatic Glenn Maxwell has had a relatively quiet World Cup. While he contributed a quickfire 31* against Sri Lanka, his performances against India and South Africa were underwhelming, with scores of 15 and 3. Against Pakistan, he was dismissed for a golden duck following the Warner-Marsh partnership. Maxwell will aim to make a bigger impact against the Dutch.

Paul van Meekeren, an impressive pace bowler from the Netherlands, has consistently made things happen in the tournament, picking up six wickets in four matches. Maxwell, known for his aggressive style, may target van Meekeren, but it won’t be an easy task given his current form. Can van Meekeren claim the prized wicket of the Big Show?

Reference:

crictoday.com/cricket/feature-cricket/aus-vs-ned-icc-world-cup-2023-5-player-battles-to-watch-out-for/

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023-24-1367856/australia-vs-netherlands-24th-match-1384415/match-preview

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