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The Netherlands lost their last match against Zimbabwe by 6 wickets even after scoring 315 runs on the board. The opponents did quite well as they made 120 runs for the opening stand, but after that, except the captain Scott Edwards all middle order failed to capitalize. Still, they were able to put in a good total, but then the bowlers did not play their part, and Zimbabwe chased down the total by 319 in just 40 overs.
Most Netherlands bowlers gave above 6+ runs per over, and Sikandar Raza was the hero of the match as he took 4 wickets and also made a century. However, the Netherlands batters threw away their wickets on Raza’s bowling because there was no spin on the surface and also there was no swing.
Sadly, many of the main players of the Netherlands are not playing in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers because many of them want to earn some money for their families, as the Netherlands cricket board does not give a good amount of money to the cricketers. Even the captain Scott Edwards said things about his squad.
Not too concerned with the weather, it’s played pretty well. We’re not too concerned about our squad, the guys present here have made runs and taken wickets previously, we’re happy with what we have. We have played in Zimbabwe last year and so we do know these conditions well.Scott Edwards said in the pre-match interview against Zimbabwe.
United States of America needs to pull itself together if it wanna get some wins under its belt because its dream to qualify for the ICC World Cup main event is almost over as it lost its last two matches in the Qualifiers.
In the last match against Nepal, they lost by 6 wickets as their batters did not really perform well against Nepal’s bowling department. Shayan Jahangir was the only one who tried to keep his team in the match as he scored a century and stayed on the pitch till the end.
Sushant Modani also scored 42 runs but failed to stay longer on the pitch. The bowling department once again did pretty decent in the match as they tried to defend the small total but failed to do it, but it was a good fight from the side.
Netherlands vs United States: Head-to-Head ODI Record
The Netherlands and the United States played only 1 match In the past against each other, and that was too in T20. They never played an ODI match against each other until now, and it will be their first match against each other. The Netherlands lost all of its last 5 matches, and the USA lost 2 out of 5.
Pitch Report of Takashinga Sports Club, Harare, for ICC World Cup Qualifiers Match between Netherlands vs United States on June 22, 2023
|Match Played||2 matches|
|Batting first won||1 matches won|
|Batting second won||1 matches won|
|Average 1st innings scores||252 runs|
|Highest Team innings total||297 by West Indies vs USA|
|Lowest Team innings total||207 by USA vs Nepal|
Takashinga Sports Club, Harare pitch was quite good for the pace bowlers as they got some swing in the starting over, and there was an uneven bounce. Spinners will also be going to play an important role in the match as they might get more grip from the pitch, and with extra bounce, it can surprise the batters.
The last match played on this pitch was between Nepal and the USA, which is a piece of good news for the USA side as they must know the pitch condition better, but there are three different pitches on the same ground.
Team Preview Netherlands
The Netherlands needs to regroup and talk about its mistakes in the last match against Zimbabwe. The way the batter gave away their wickets was not the right thing to do because the pitch was quite flat, which was clearly seen when Zimbabwe batters were hitting the shots right from the start.
Vikramjit Singh was amazing in the last match as he scored 88 runs in 111 balls, and together with Max O’Dowd, they built up an amazing partnership. Scott Edwards played the captain innings, but the most disappointing thing for the Netherlands was their middle-order batter, who did not intend to use the opportunity to score big or even stay on the pitch.
Important players for the Netherlands team in the match against the United States
1- Scott Edwards will be the key to the Netherlands’ middle order because he is the only one who can be dependable. He scored 83 runs in the last match against the Zimbabwe side, and in his last 10 matches, he scored 353 runs with an average of 39.22, but the great thing about his batting is the strike rate, as he has a strike rate of 103.21.
2- Vikramjit Singh played an important inning of 88 runs in the last match against the United States and also took 1 wicket to give an all-round performance for the side. He will be a key opener because the ball is going to swing a bit in the starting overs, which can give trouble to batters.
3- Bas de Leede gave a disappointing performance in the last match and did nothing with bat and ball, but he is the crucial player for the Netherlands as he scored 484 runs in 24 matches with an average of 21.04 and also took 10 wickets.
Team Preview of the United States Team
The United States of America is in trouble after losing the 2nd match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, and it is going to be next to impossible for them to qualify for the main event, which will happen in India.
The batting department needs to perform better, and the bowling department needs to keep giving their support as in the next match, the openers will face some trouble in the opening spell as the pitch had movement in the last match, which they played against Nepal.
They should use the experience of playing on the same pitch as an advantage because they have already played on it and know how it behaves throughout the game.
Important players for the United States team in the match against Nepal
1- Steven Taylor will be the key allrounder for the USA team, and he needs to be on the pitch for a longer time as in the last match, he got out on just 4 runs but took 1 wicket against them. He has one of the best ODI records in the USA team. He played 42 ODI matches in which he scored 1159 runs with an average of 27.59 and also took 37 wickets.
2- Gajanand Singh played an amazing knock in the first match against West Indies by scoring 101, and in the last match, he looked in good touch as he scored 26 runs but failed to carry it on. He scored 339 runs in his last 10 matches with an average of 37.66
2- Nisarg Patel can be a differential player on both sides because of his all-around skill. He played 37 ODI matches in which he scored 473 runs with an average of 19.70 which is not that good, but his bowling performance has been one of the best things for his side as he took 41 wickets in 37 ODI matches.
Netherlands vs United States: Probable Playing 11 of Netherlands
Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(w/c), Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmad, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd
Netherlands vs United States: Probable Playing 11 of United States
Steven Taylor, Sushant Modani, Monank Patel(w/c), Aaron Jones, Saiteja Mukkamalla, Gajanand Singh, Shayan Jahangir, Jasdeep Singh, Nosthush Kenjige, Kyle Phillip, Saurabh Netravalkar