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Cricket World Cup 2023: NED vs AFG Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Netherlands vs Afghanistan, Cricket World Cup 2023 (NED vs AFG)

Date: November 3, Friday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

In the upcoming match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, the teams of the Netherlands and Afghanistan are set to face off at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow this Friday. Afghanistan have had a mixed performance in the tournament, with three wins and three losses, placing them sixth in the points table. On the other hand, the Netherlands have won just two out of their six matches, putting them in the eighth position in the rankings.

In their most recent match, the Netherlands secured a convincing victory against Bangladesh, winning by a margin of 87 runs. They batted first and managed to accumulate a total of 229 runs in their allotted 50 overs. Scott Edwards played a pivotal role, scoring 68 runs off 89 balls and emerged as the top scorer for the Dutch team. In response, Bangladesh struggled and were bowled out for a mere 142 runs in 42.2 overs. Paul van Meekeren delivered an outstanding performance, taking four crucial wickets for just 23 runs, earning him the Player of the Match award.

Afghanistan, in their previous game, emerged victorious against Sri Lanka. Batting first, Sri Lanka could only muster a total of 241 runs, losing all their wickets in 49.3 overs. Fazalhaq Farooqi clinched four wickets for Afghanistan. Later in the game, the partnership between Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah contributed 73 runs for the second wicket, and later, Rahmat and Hashmatullah Shahidi added 58 runs for the fourth wicket, securing a significant win for Afghanistan.

Ahead of the 34th game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here’s everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Weather update and pitch report for NED vs AFG, Cricket World Cup 2023 

Lucknow will be hosting its fifth and last game of the Cricket World Cup 2023. The pitch is expected to help the slow bowlers. Anything above 300 will be a good total here.

The weather in Lucknow will be warm and sunny with no chance of rain. The maximum temperature during the day will be 33 degrees Celsius.

Netherlands team news and predicted XI

Team news: Netherlands do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.

Squad: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Wesley Barresi, Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards(w/c), Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmad, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, Saqib Zulfiqar, Teja Nidamanuru, Ryan Klein, Roelof van der Merwe

Predicted XI: 1 Max O’Dowd, 2 Vikramjit Singh, 3 Wesley Barresi, 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Scott Edwards (c & wk), 6 Bas de Leede, 7 Sybrand Engelbrecht, 8 Logan van Beek, 9 Shariz Ahmad, 10 Aryan Dutt, 11 Paul van Meekeren

Afghanistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Ikram Alikhil sustained a finger injury during the match against Sri Lanka, but Afghanistan’s coach, Jonathan Trott, has assured that the wicketkeeper-batter is fit and ready for selection. Afghanistan my also consider including Noor Ahmad in their lineup instead of Naveen-ul-Haq because the Lucknow pitch is expected to help spinners.

Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil(w), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman, Najibullah Zadran

Predicted XI: 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), 5 Azmatullah Omarzai, 6 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 7 Mohammad Nabi, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq/Noor Ahmad, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi

Head-to-head record

To date, the Netherlands and Afghanistan have faced each other in nine ODIs, and Afghanistan have emerged victorious in seven of these encounters. The Dutch managed to secure their first ODI victory against Afghanistan in 2009, and their only other win in this format came in March 2012. Notably, this will be the first meeting between the two teams at the World Cup.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for NED vs AFG, Cricket World Cup 2023

Hashmatullah Shahidi – batsman, Afghanistan

Hashmatullah Shahid has impressed in both his last two innings. He scored an unbeaten 48 against Pakistan and followed that with an unbeaten 58 against Sri Lanka. Earlier in the tournament, he scored 80 against India. Shahidi brings with him the experience of 70 ODIs, from which he has scored 2001 runs at an average of 33.91.

Rashid Khan – bowler, Afghanistan

Rashid Khan has not got enough chances with the bat in the 2023 World Cup. But with the ball, he was expected to deliver much more than he has. He has taken seven wickets in the last five matches but given his reputation of being one of the best in the business, fans are expecting more wickets from him. Rashid has taken 179 wickets in 100 ODIs for Afghanistan, while also scoring 1267 runs at a strike rate of almost 106. Rashid can help you win fantasy points with both his batting and bowling.

Azmatullah Omarzai – all-rounder, Afghanistan

Azmatullah Omarzai was Afghanistan’s top run-scorer in the match against Sri Lanka. He scored an unbeaten 73 off 63 with the help of six boundaries and three maximums. Earlier in the tournament, he scored 62 against India. With the ball, Omarzai has taken four wickets in his last five games.

Scott Edwards – batsman, Netherlands

Scott Edwards stands out as the sole Dutch batsman to have accumulated over 200 runs. He has showcased his prowess with two half-centuries and maintains an impressive average of 51.00.

Bas de Leede – all-rounder, Netherlands

Bas de Leede is the top wicket-taker for Netherlands in the on-going World Cup, with 11 wickets. He has taken four wickets across the last two matches.

MPL fantasy XI – NED vs AFG, Cricket World Cup 2023

NED vs AFG – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Netherlands vs Afghanistan ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on November 3.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.




Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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