Pakistan Tour of the Netherlands Match Details and Prediction

Aug 21, 2022

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The Pakistan tour of the Netherlands kicked off earlier in the week and the Men in Green have already clinched the three-match series with a game to go. The third ODI is set to take place in Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, on August 21, Sunday, and the Netherlands will look to end the series on a good note, although it is a dead rubber.

NED Team News

The hosts were able to name an unchanged side on Thursday and we would be very surprised if they made any changes to the team ahead of Sunday’s match. Every game against top opposition is of vital importance, particularly with the T20 World Cup round the corner. The Netherlands has a fully fit squad to select from.

PAK Team News

Although there could be a temptation to bring back left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi for this game, the team management may err on the side of caution and allow him some more recovery time before playing competitively. The selected team has performed well so far and we expect the same XI to be picked for this ODI.

Match Details:

Venue – Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam

Date and Time – August 21, 2:30 PM IST

Pitch Report

The wicket in Hazelaarweg generally can be a tricky surface to bat on. Since the start of 2021, eight ODIs have taken place on this ground, and the average total has been 205. The highest total during this period, which is 314, came only in the series, scored by Pakistan. Hence, it would be ideal to bowl first and assess the tempo and conditions for the second innings.

Toss Prediction

Both sides have won a toss each in the series with both skippers choosing to bat first when they called correctly. We predict they will elect to bat first again ahead of this final ODI.

Weather Report

Sunnier earlier in the game before clouds take over. No danger of rain with the temperature a pleasant 20 degrees and above throughout. Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match predictions for Netherlands vs Pakistan 3rd ODI Match 2022

NED Key Players

Tom Cooper- the 35-year-old has played 28 ODIs and continues to deliver for the Netherlands at this level. He averages 47.20 and has looked in excellent touch throughout this series.

Scott Edwards- the skipper saw his run of successive ODI half-centuries come to an end when he was dismissed for five in the second game. However, he averages over 40 in this format and is crucial to the success of the side.

PAK Key Players

Babar Azam- the skipper is averaging 65.5 in this series and continues to make run-scoring look very easy. After two fifties, he will want to deliver a century in this game.

Probable Playing XIs

Netherlands:

Musa Ahmad, Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Wesley Barresi, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Logan van Beek, Teja Nidamanuru, Tim Pringle, Shariz Ahmad, Vivian Kingma

Pakistan:

Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris (wk), Zahid Mahmood, Shadab Khan, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani

Probable Top Performers

Probable Best Batter of the Match:

Babar Azam

The Pakistan skipper and one of the best batters in the world, Azam is usually expected to be the standout batter of a fixture whenever he is involved. In the first two ODIs, he scored 74 and 57 respectively, and is the joint-highest scorer of the series along with Tom Cooper. Azam is also the top-ranked batter in ODIs according to the ICC Rankings.

Probable Best Bowler of the Match:

Naseem Shah

Naseem Shah has been expensive in this series but he has picked a total of five wickets in two matches so far. His pace has troubled the Netherlands batters and the youngster will be looking to gain confidence ahead of the much-awaited Asia Cup to be played in the UAE later this month.

Today’s Match Prediction: Pakistan to win the match.

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