A confident South Africa (SA) side will look to register a hat-trick of wins in the ODI World Cup 2023 as they face a dogged Netherlands (NED) team at the scenic Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday, October 17. Temba Bavuma and Co. have registered two wins in as many matches in the showpiece event thus far. The Netherlands, meanwhile, have fared contrastingly, losing both the games they have played thus far.
The Proteas began their campaign with a phenomenal batting performance against Sri Lanka, registering the highest team total in the history of the tournament. They amassed 428 runs on the back of centuries from Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram. Sri Lankan batters came out swinging as they had no other choice and they ended up losing by 102 runs. South Africa produced another fine batting performance against Australia as they posted 311/7 in their 50 overs before skittling Pat Cummins’ men out for 177 runs.
The Netherlands showed promise during their 81-run defeat to Pakistan. The Dutch side pushed the Asian giants at various stages during the match but couldn’t hold their nerves during their chase of 287 runs. In their second game, Scott Edwards and Co. were blown away by the Kiwis, who were fresh off a thumping win against defending champions England. The Netherlands conceded 322 runs before being bundled out for 223. South Africa are the overwhelming favourites in this encounter, but they will do well not to take the Netherlands lightly.
SA vs NED Match Details:
|Match||South Africa Vs Netherlands, ODI World Cup 2023, Match 15|
|Venue||Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala|
|Date & Time||Tuesday, October 17, 02:00 PM (IST)|
|Live Streaming Details||Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app and website|
HPCA Stadium Pitch Report and Conditions:
England scored 364 in the first innings in the previous game at this venue against Bangladesh. The English bowlers found movement in the second innings under the lights. In fact, Bangladesh lost four wickets inside the first nine overs. The pitch also slowed down a bit in the second innings. Batting first and posting a score in excess of 300 could be ideal if a similar track greets South Africa and the Netherlands on Tuesday.
SA vs NED Head-to-Head Record:
|South Africa Won||6|
SA vs NED Probable Playing XI
South Africa (SA):
Quinton de Kock (WK), Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz ShamsiNetherlands (NED):
Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (C & WK), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Roelof van der Merwe, Ryan Klein/Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
Probable Best Performers:
Probable Best Batter:
Quinton de Kock (South Africa): The wicketkeeper-batter announced earlier that this World Cup is going to be his last dance in the ODI format. He is making it memorable for himself as he has scored two centuries on the trot. He scored three consecutive centuries against India, very early in his ODI career. There is no reason why he can’t do the triple once again. The Netherlands would love to see the back of him as early as possible.
Probable Best Bowler:
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa):
The most experienced South African pacer picked up a three-for against Australia and has looked in good rhythm thus far in the tournament. The batting line-up is in red-hot form, and if Rabada can spearhead the bowling attack, it will make South Africa a very formidable side.