Netherlands win toss, select to face Pakistan at Cricket World Cup


Netherlands captain Scott Edwards won the coin toss and was selected to play against Pakistan in both teams’ Cricket World Cup opener on Friday.

Pakistan batsmen have become accustomed to the conditions in Hyderabad and have managed to score close to 350 runs despite losing the warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia.

Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored plenty of goals, while Saud Shakir and Iftikhar Ahmed were also among them.

Babar said he was targeting a total of 280 on Friday but Pakistan needed to step up its bowling in the absence of Naseem Shah, who underwent shoulder surgery and was ruled out of the World Cup outside.

Fast bowler Hassan Ali has replaced the injured Naseem and will play his first ODI since against West Indies over a year ago.

Pakistan are keeping faith in struggling vice-captain Shadab Khan, who has a below-par performance in the Asia Cup.

Rain hampered the Netherlands’ preparations and the team’s second warm-up match against India was called off.

The Netherlands qualified for the World Cup with a dramatic win over the West Indies, but the football-dominated nation has not played a full ODI match in three months.

It boasts a strong batting line-up, including the attacking opening pair of Max O’Dowd and Vikramjit Singh, while Edwards, Logan van Beek and Bas de Lid are solid Moderate performance.

The six-week World Cup began on Thursday as New Zealand beat defending champions England by nine wickets in Ahmedabad, with Devon Conway and Rashid Ravindra breaking centuries. undefeated record.



Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (captain), Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren.

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