LUCKNOW: Afghanistan and Netherlands will come head to head at the Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Friday. the two teams have pulled off inspirational performances on this international Cup. even as the Netherlands have defeated South Africa, Afghanistan have defeated England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan have a special interest in this match as a win against the Netherlands will maintain their semifinals hopes alive.
they’ve outlived tags like ‘minnows’ and ‘massive-killers’ with their lion-hearted performances but spirited Afghanistan’s quest to attain the following stage starts offevolved in earnest against an similarly inspirational Netherlands in a world Cup match between the teams at Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Friday.
beginning as favourites on a tricky Ekana Stadium floor, with a exceptional spin assault at its disposal, Afghanistan (6 factors) will no longer only look to cozy two factors towards the Dutch (four points) but also goal to win big and enhance the net run-price in its bid to remain relevant in the race to semi-final.
The way in which Afghanistan’s pinnacle-order batted to outclass aspects like Pakistan and Sri Lanka, it showed that the victory against defending champions England wasn’t a mere flash within the pan.
Ashes-triumphing English batter Jonathon Trott changed into a gritty customer in the course of his gambling days and he has instilled the identical doggedness in his wards too, as they’ve made the heads with their methodical method and praiseworthy resilience.
similar to Kenya, with a chunk of success, made it to the semi-finals of the 2003 international Cup, Afghans will hope that the rub of the green is going their way, beginning with the Dutch take a look at.
After this recreation, they take on Australia (November 7) and South Africa (November 10) in what might decide whether they have got it in them to go to the following level — the arena Cup semifinals. One defeat and it all comes crashing down.
The ‘Orange military’, too were a surprise package of this world Cup, securing dissatisfied wins over South Africa and Bangladesh.
but Afghanistan with a much-inferior net run-charge (-zero.718) in comparison to Pakistan (-0.024) might suggest that the Hashmatullah Shahidi-led aspect have plenty of catching as much as do.
The bowling has always been their power however their biggest turnaround this time has been their batting which has clicked as a collective unit, something that got here to fore in their clinical chases of 283 (vs Pakistan) and 242 (Sri Lanka) of their closing outings.
whilst skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi (226) and Azmatullah Omarzai (203) have the rock inside the center, the likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz (224), Rahmat Shah (212), Ibrahim Zardan (212) and Ikram Akhil (77 in 2 games) have additionally shouldered quite a few obligation.
it is handiest a hundred that has eluded an Afghan batter as Jonathan Trott will wish that certainly one of them move on to convert their begins.
teams batting 2d have received nine of 12 ODI matches played at the Ekana, together with in the global Cup The Edwards-led Netherlands bowled out Bangladesh for a lowly 142 to comfortable but every other disillusioned within the world Cup for the duration of their final suit at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
With two 1950s to his call, the skipper Edwards will remain their batting mainstay alongside veteran Sybrand Engelbrecht, Colin Ackermann and Logan van Beek the certain finisher of the group.
Van Beek’s cameo of 23 no longer out from sixteen balls took their overall past two hundred-mark, some thing that proved handy against the struggling Bangladesh in Kolkata.
They now have the four points inside the pocket, identical as Sri Lanka. but the Netherlands’ NRR is plenty inferior and that they face the incredible situation to submit wins over Afghanistan, England (November 8) and India (November eleven) to keep their hopes alive.
Hashmatullah Shahidi is Afghanistan’s main run scorer this world Cup. The Afghanistan captain has accrued 226 runs at a mean of 56.50. Shahidi has come up with Fifties in run chase. he is making sure that Afghanistan don’t lose wickets inside the middle section. Shahidi will again play an vital position if Afghanistan chase in opposition to the Netherlands.
Netherlands captain Scott Edwards maintains chipping in with viatal cameos lower down the order. If Netherlands lose early wickets then Edwards’ resilience will come to the crew’s rescue.