Pitch and weather: The pitch for the game is a mixture of black and red soil and could help the spinners. Before the square was re-laid earlier this year, the Ekana Stadium wasn’t known for high scores. Only once in 16 ODI innings has a team scored 300-plus here – by South Africa earlier in the competition.
Netherlands vs Afghanistan Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 34th Match, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, Friday 3-11-2023.
Edwards says that they can hopefully put up a score and then defend it. Reckons their top order needs to score more runs and if they do that, they are confident of putting up big totals. One change for them – Vikramjit Singh misses out. Not sure who is replacing him yet, although Edwards did say that Barresi will move to the top of the order.
Shahidi says he would have batted first as well. Expects the pitch to take turn and mentions that Noor Ahmad is back in, replacing Naveen-ul-Haq. Gushes about the support Afghanistan have received this World Cup, and hopes they can continue their winning run today.
Toss: Netherlands chose to bat.
Netherlands team: Max O’Dowd, Wesley Barresi, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Bas de Leede, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
Afghanistan team: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk) Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Head to Head In ODI’s: 9
Netherlands Won: 2
Afghanistan Won: 7
Netherlands ODI Rankings: 14th
Afghanistan ODI Rankings: 9th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 AM Local
Umpires – Nitin Menon, Sharfuddoula
TV Umpire – Michael Gough
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Kumar Dharmasena
Match number – ODI no. 4691
Post Match Presentation
(On the run-outs) Definitely not ideal. Hard to come back from that. We started well and set ourselves up for a good total but gave it away a little. They have high-quality spinners and we did not have top-order batters to face them. (On the decision at the toss and the dew) The theory we went in with was we could not really plan for the dew. 280 would have been a good score even if dew was around. (On Champions Trophy qualification) Not something we were looking to before this game but something we might have to look at now.
(What pleased him more between their batting and bowling performance) I can say both. We bowled well but the run-chase is good. Third consecutive time that we have chased down a target successfully. (Run-chases and why it brings out the best in them) We are looking at the board and at the target of the opposition team. We are playing accordingly, and we are achieving for our team. (On Nabi) He is a special player. He always shows his talent. Whenever team needs him, he takes responsibility, like he did today. We are all very united at this World Cup. We are enjoying our wins, and all of them are thinking about winning.
(On dreaming about the semi-final) Of course, 100% . We are trying our best to make it to the semi final and if it happens, it will be a big achievement for the country. I lost my mother three months ago and my family is in a lot of pain. It will be a big achievement (to reach the semi-final), first of all for the country, but also for my family. (Message to the people back home) Right now, a lot of refugee people are struggling. We are watching their videos and we are sad for them. We are with them in these tough times and I want to dedicate this win to them, who are in pain, and to everyone back home.
Mohammad Nabi, Player of the Match:
(On how well he is bowling) Just focussing on my lines and lengths. Focussing on dot balls. I always try to concentrate on my lines and lengths, and variations. I try to stick to my plans and use the angles. In some pitches, the variation is more, that is sometimes why I get more wickets. I focus on dot balls and that is how I control my economy rate. (On what keeps him going) Still working on my fitness, working on my rehab, proper diets. It is working (smiles).