|Date||Friday 6th October 2023 at 14:00. (IST) and at 09:30 (UK)|
|Venue||Pakistan vs. Netherlands will take place at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India|
|Weather||Conditions are expected to be extremely hot at the start of play with bright sunshine and temperatures reaching highs of 31c, but these should subside as the match goes on, falling to around 24c with light winds throughout play.|
|TV & Streaming||Viewers in India: can watch this match live on Star Sports channels, or stream it via the Disney+ Hotstar app.|
Viewers in Pakistan: can watch this match live on both PTV Sports and A-Sports or stream it through the PTVFLIX App.
Viewers in Sri Lanka: can watch this match live on Maharaja TV or stream it on Sirasatv,lk.
Viewers in Afghanistan: can watch this match live on Ariana TV.
Viewers in Bangladesh: can watch it on Gazi TV or stream it through Rabbithole.
Viewers in the UK: an watch this match live on Sky Sports or stream it via the Sky Go App.
Viewers in Australia: can watch this match live on Fox Sports or stream it via the Foxtel or Kayo Sports app.
Viewers in South Africa: can watch this match on SuperSport channels or stream it via the SuperSport app.
Viewers in the USA and Canada: can watch this match live on Willow TV, whilst viewers from the USA can also stream it via the ESPN+ app.
KEY BETTING STATS
- Pakistan have won nine of their last 12 officially completed ODI fixtures – To Win the Match.
- Haris Rauf has taken over 1.5 wickets in three of his last four ODI appearances for Pakistan – Bowler Total Match Wickets.
- In five of their last six ODIs, Netherlands have successfully recorded a first wicket partnership of over 22.5 runs – Team – Opening Partnership.
Analysis For Pakistan
Pakistan has been seen as one of the top ODI teams for a long time now, but after underperforming in the 2023 Asia Cup, they come into this tournament with a point to prove. Against a side like the Netherlands, Pakistan’s batters will expect to cash in, particularly their top order. Captain Babar Azam started his last tournament exceedingly well, scoring 151 in Pakistan’s first 2023 Asia Cup fixture against Nepal. He comes into this match having smashed 90 from just 59 balls in a Cricket World Cup warm-up game vs. Australia and it would be no surprise to see him enjoy another profitable innings here in Hyderabad. Numerous markets appeal from which to invest in Babar, the safest being ‘Batter Match Runs’, where you can back him to score over 46.5 runs. A small stake in Babar being named ‘Player of the Match’ also appeals due to its high profit margin, whilst he is also worth backing to finish as Pakistan’s top batter against the Netherlands. The expectation is that Pakistan will be able to take ten wickets in this game and as such, a number of their bowlers stand out as smart investments through the ‘Bowler Milestones’ market. Shaheen Shah Afridi has taken ten wickets across his last five official ODI appearances, so backing him to pick up 2+ wickets here would be a sensible play.
Analysis For Netherlands
The Netherlands will head into the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup as huge underdogs in the vast majority of their scheduled fixtures, but it would be foolish to write them off. They possess a selection of players who could use this competition as a springboard for future success. Bas de Leede, Netherlands boasts one of the most exciting young all-rounders in the world. A key contributor with bat and ball, De Leede’s spectacular individual performance which saw him take five wickets and score 123 runs in a must-win Cricket World Cup qualifier match against Scotland three months ago, cemented his status as one to watch in India. With that in mind, consider small investments in De Leede in both the ‘Team – Top Batter’ and ‘Team – Top Bowler’ markets. We highlighted above in the key betting stats section of this preview that the Netherlands has recorded a first-wicket partnership of over 22.5 runs in five of their last six official ODIs. But as admirable as this record is, going up against a bowling attack of Pakistan’s quality will prove a far more difficult test than what the openers of the Netherlands are typically used to facing. Therefore, bettors would be wise not to invest heavily in this area of the Dutch team.
CRICKET 8’S EXPERT PREDICTION
Pakistan will be expected to dominate the vast majority of this encounter with the Netherlands and ultimately come out on top fairly comfortably. Whether they bowl first or second, their bowlers should be afforded plenty of joy, and the sheer pace, skill, and quality of Shaheen Shah Afridi in particular, should get the better of the Netherlands’ batters on a number of occasions. It would be a big surprise if he did not pick up more than one wicket here and put all of Pakistan’s World Cup opponents on notice.
SHAHEEN SHAH AFRIDI TO TAKE OVER 1.5 WICKETS