Date: Monday, 9th October
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
New Zealand and Netherlands had markedly different beginnings to their Cricket World Cup journey. New Zealand, on a high after their resounding victory over England in Ahmedabad, are looking to maintain their winning streak. On the other hand, Netherlands, after a significant defeat against Pakistan in Hyderabad, are seeking to bounce back.
Despite their loss, Netherlands can draw some positives from their performance against Pakistan, particularly their bowling and top-order batting. However, they need to step up their game significantly to pose a challenge to the formidable Kiwis.
New Zealand’s performance against England was nothing short of ruthless, and they are set to be further strengthened by the anticipated return of Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson. However, they will be without their captain, Kane Williamson, who is still on the road to full fitness.
Scott Edwards (c), Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.
New Zealand Squad:
Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.
Players to Watch
Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh
Vikramjit Singh was a standout performer for Netherlands in their opening match against Pakistan. His impressive 52-run innings, featuring four boundaries and a six, was a highlight of the match. If the Dutch middle-order, including Bas de Leede and Colin Ackermann, is to exploit the conditions effectively, they will need another strong performance from Vikramjit in Hyderabad. A good start is crucial for Netherlands to make their mark on the match.
While Vikramjit’s bowling performance was not noteworthy in the match against Pakistan, he has the potential to be a valuable asset with the ball.
New Zealand: Mitchell Santner
While Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra’s centuries stole the limelight, New Zealand’s victory in Ahmedabad was also built on some solid bowling. Mitchell Santner led the charge with his 2/37 figures.
Considering the assistance the Hyderabad pitch provided to the spinners in the Netherlands-Pakistan match, Santner’s role will be pivotal in the upcoming match. His disciplined bowling can restrict the scoring rate and put pressure on the opposition, forcing them into risky shots.
Santner is also a valuable lower-order batsman for New Zealand, with an average of over 27 in ODIs and a top score of 67.