The much-anticipated ODI World Cup 2023 commenced at the Narendra Modi Stadium on October 5, with defending champions England locking horns with last edition’s runner-up New Zealand.

Now, the spotlight next is all set to shine on the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad as it will host Pakistan and Netherlands for the second game of the tournament on Friday (October 6). Notably, Pakistan faced defeat in both of their practice games at the same venue.

Babar Azam will be leading the Pakistan team against the Dutch side with some prominent players by his side in form of Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf, among many others. Meanwhile, Scott Edwards has been entrusted with the skipper’s role by the Netherlands management.

Both the teams would look to start their World Cup campaign on a good note.

ODI Stats and Records at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium:

  • Total matches: 7
  • Matches won batting first: 4
  • Matches won bowling first: 3
  • Average first innings scores: 288
  • Average second innings scores: 262
  • Highest total recorded: 350/4 (50 Ov) by Australia vs India
  • Lowest total recorded: 174/10 (36.1 Ov) by England vs India
  • Highest score chased: 252/5 (48.5 Ov) by South Africa vs India
  • Lowest score defended: 290/7 (50 Ov) by Australia vs India

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Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Pitch Report:

The pitch at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is anticipated to provide an advantage to bowlers, particularly fast bowlers who can take advantage of early seam and swing movement. Meanwhile, spinners can also come into play as the game progresses. As far as batting is concerned, the conditions become more favourable for scoring significant runs in the second innings. The generous size of the boundaries will facilitate the batters in easily exchanging singles and twos. Consequently, the team winning the toss will likely look to field first.

Hyderabad Weather Forecast:

Hyderabad Weather for PAK vs NED match (Image Source: Twitter)

The weather in Hyderabad will be mostly sunny with no signs of rain at all and cricket enthusiasts can expect the match to take place without any interruptions. The temperature is expected to hover around 31 degrees Celsius with humidity levels to be around 41% and the wind blowing at a speed of 13 kmph.

PAK vs NED, probable playing XI

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c), Roelof van de Merwe, Logan van Beek, Paul van Meekeren, Aryan Dutt

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