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

Match: South Africa vs Netherlands, Cricket World Cup 2023 (SA vs NED)

Date: October 17, Tuesday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala

South Africa and Netherlands will take on each other in Match 15 of the Cricket World Cup 2023 on Tuesday, October 17 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala. South Africa are third in the points table with two wins from as many matches. They are coming into the game after defeating Australia by 134 runs.

A century from Quinton de Kock and a half century from Aiden Markram took South Africa to a first innings total 311 in their 50 overs. The likes of Temba Bavuma (35), Russie van der Dussen (26), Heinrich Klaasen (29) and Marco Jansen (26) also made significant contributions. In the second innings, the South African bowlers did a good job to bowl out Australia for just 177. Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets.

Earlier in the tournament, South Africa beat Sri Lanka comprehensively after registering the highest team total in World Cup history (428).

The Netherlands, on the other hand, come into this game on the back of a 99-run loss at the hands of New Zealand. Chasing 323 to win, they were bowled out for 223. Colin Ackermann top scored with 69. Earlier in the tournament, the Netherlands lost their opening match to Pakistan. They bowled out Pakistan for 286 but were bowled out for 205 themselves.

Ahead of match 15 of the Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know to maximize the chances of winning cash prizes on MPL.

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

The pitch at the HPCA stadium is batting friendly. In a recent match played here, England played a total of 364-9. Overall, six ODI matches have been played at this venue, four of which were won by the teams batting second. The average first innings score here reads 229. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first.

The weather in Dharamshala will be pleasant during the day. The temperature will drop to around 18 degrees Celsius at night. Rain is not forecast.

South Africa team news and predicted XI 

Team news: South Africa have won both their matches comprehensively and do not have any reasons to make any changes to their playing XI.

Squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams

Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi

Netherlands team news and predicted XI 

Team news: All-rounder Logan van Beek did not play the previous game after pulling his hamstring. There is no news yet on his availability for the next game.

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

Predicted XI: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, 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

Head-to-head record 

South Africa and the Netherlands have played only seven matches against each other in the ODI format. South Africa have won six of those matches, while one game did not produce any result. The last time the two teams played an ODI was in April this year.

Five players to watch out for

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

Quinton de Kock – wicketkeeper batsman, South Africa

Quinton de Kock has lit the tournament with his back-to-back explosive innings. Against Sri Lanka, he scored 100 off 84 balls with the help of 12 boundaries and three sixes. In the next game against Australia, the opener scored 109 off 196, which was laced with eight boundaries and five maximums. Earlier in the warm-up match against New Zealand, de Kock scored an unbeaten 84. He has been absolutely unstoppable in the tournament so far and can picked as the captain of your fantasy team.

Bas de Leede – all-rounder, Netherlands 

Against Pakistan, the all-rounder scored a knock of 67 runs while also picking up four wickets. Against New Zealand, he picked up a wicket and scored 18 runs. He was also one of Netherlands’ top performers at the Cricket World Cup qualifiers, where he scored 285 runs in seven matches including a century, and also picked up 15 wickets including a fifer.

Colin Ackermann – batsman, Netherlands

Colin Ackermann was the top run-scorer for the Netherlands against New Zealand. He scored 69 runs under pressure and will be looking for another half century in the next game. He has played nine ODIs for the Netherlands, scoring 297 runs at an average of 37.12.

Aiden Markram – batsman, South Africa

Aiden Markram smashed a century against Sri Lanka and a half century against Australia. He will be looking for another big knock against a lower-ranked Dutch side. Markram averages 37.28 in 57 ODIs and is a good choice for your fantasy team’s vice captaincy for this game.

Rassie van der Dussen – batsman, South Africa

Rassie van der Dussen smashed a century against Sri Lanka. He scored 108 off 110 with the help of 13 boundaries and two maximums. In the next game against Australia, he was unable to convert his start and was dismissed for 26. Dussen has a brilliant average of 57.37 in 45 ODI innings for South Africa.

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

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

The South Africa vs Netherlands 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 October 17.

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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