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NED vs PAK 2nd ODI Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Netherlands vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI (NED vs PAK)

Date: August 18, Thursday, 2.30 PM IST

Venue: Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam

Pakistan are in the Netherlands to play three one-day internationals which are a part of the World Cup Super League. The first game was won by the visitors and the two teams will now square off in the second game on August 18 at Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam.

In the first ODI, Pakistan scored 314 for 6 in their 50 overs. Fakhar Zaman scored a sensational century, while skipper Babar Azam scored a half-century. Down the order, Shadab Khan also played a fine knock of 48 runs. Later, three wickets each from Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah helped the visitors defend the target. Vikramjit Singh, Tom Cooper and Scott Edwards scored a half-century each, but in the end, the hosts fell short of the target by 16 runs.

Pakistan are unbeaten in their last six ODI matches, while Netherlands last won an ODI more than a year ago and will be looking to end their losing streak. The bilateral series will also serve as a good preparatory series for Pakistan ahead of the Asia Cup, which begins in a few days’ time.

Ahead of the second ODI between Netherlands and Pakistan in Rotterdam, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for NED vs PAK, 1st ODI

The pitch at the Hazelaarweg stadium in Rotterdam has historically been balanced and offers equal assistance to both batsmen and bowlers. But the first game of the series was a high scoring one where more than 600 runs were scored in 100 overs. A total of 13 ODI matches have been played at this venue, of which 8 were won batting second. The average first innings score is 185, while the highest and lowest total recorded is 315 for 8 and 115 for 10.

The weather in Rotterdam will be mostly sunny and the skies clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 19 to 25 degrees.

Netherlands team news and predicted XI

Team news: although Netherlands lost the opening ODI, it can be mentioned that they put up a good fight for most of the chase. Three of their batsmen scored a half century and will now look to do the same in the second game, but in a winning cause.  

Squad: Scott Edwards (captain and wicketkeeper), Musa Ahmad,  Shariz Ahmad,  Wesley Barresi, Logan van Beek, Tom Cooper, , Aryan Dutt, Arnav Jain, Viv Kingma, Ryan Klein, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Tim Pringle, Max O’Dowd, Vikram Singh.

Predicted XI: Vikramjit Singh, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Bas de Leede, Max O’Dowd, Shariz Ahmed, Logan van Beek, Arnav Jain, Aryan Dutt, Vivian Kingma, Ryan Klein

Pakistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah were brilliant with the bat in the first game, while the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Shadab Khan delivered with the bat.

Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Zahid Mehmood

Predicted XI:  Babar Azam (c). Mohammad Rizwan, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani

Head to head record

Pakistan and Netherlands teams have played 4 ODI matches in the past, of which the Dutch have won none. Before the on-going series began, both teams first met in the 1996 World Cup, when Pakistan won by eight wickets. In the second meeting between the two teams in the 2022 Champions Trophy, Pakistan won by nine wickets. The two teams last met in the 2003 World Cup, when Pakistan trounced Netherlands by 97 runs.

Total games – 4

Pakistan – 4

Netherlands – 0

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI NED vs PAK 2nd ODI

Tom Cooper – batsman, Netherlands

Tom Cooper, the third highest run-scorer for Netherlands in ODIs behind Ryan ten Doeschate, scored a half century in the first ODI. His knock of 65 helped Netherlands lose by a lesser margin. In 27 ODIs, he has 1114 runs at an excellent average of 46.41. He is also a capable off break bowler, having 14 ODI wickets under his name.

Babar Azam – batsman, Pakistan

Babar Azam has been in incredible form across formats over the last few months and we saw the same in the first ODI, where he scored a knock of 74 runs. Before this series, Azam scored a century and two fifties against Sri Lanka in two Tests, a century and fifty in a three-match ODI series against the West Indies and two centuries in the three-match ODI series against Australia. The Pakistan skipper has a stellar average of almost 60 in 90 ODIs.

Haris Rauf – bowler, Pakistan

The right-arm pacer picked up three wickets in the first ODI and was instrumental in Pakistan defending their total. Although Rauf has played just 14 ODIs so far, he has already established himself as one of Pakistan’s key bowlers with a wickets tally of 26.

Scott Edwards – batsman, Netherlands

Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards was his side’s top run scorer in the first ODI and remained unbeaten till the end. He scored an unbeaten 71 off 60 balls. Most recently, he also scored a half century each in all three ODI matches against England. He has played 23 ODI matches and scored 763 runs at an average of 42.38.

Fakhar Zaman – batsman, Pakistan

Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman scored a century in the first ODI, the 7th century of his ODI career, and is expected to be one of the key players in the second game. In all, the experienced campaigner has a batting average of 46.41 in 60 ODIs.

MPL fantasy XI – SL vs PAK, 2nd ODI

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

The Netherlands vs Pakistan ODI series will not be televised live in India. But you can watch the game on the Fancode app. The match will begin at 2.30 PM IST on August 18.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

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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