Australia is aiming to bounce back from a challenging start in the ICC World Cup 2023 as they prepare to face the Netherlands in their fifth match of the tournament. They suffered losses in their first two matches against India and South Africa but managed to secure consecutive victories against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The Netherlands, on the other hand, has won just one of their four matches in the tournament, with their historic win against South Africa on October 17. The question arises whether today’s match will produce another unexpected outcome.
In previous encounters, Australia and the Netherlands have played two One Day Internationals (ODIs), with Australia emerging as the victor in both instances. The most notable clash between these two teams occurred during the ICC World Cup 2007 when Australia secured their fourth world championship. In that game, Australia exhibited a dominant performance, posting a total of 358/5 in 50 overs while batting first. In response, the Netherlands was dismissed for 129 in under 27 overs. Brad Hodge’s remarkable innings of 123 off 89 balls and Brad Hogg’s impressive figures of 4/27 played pivotal roles in Australia’s commanding victory over the Dutch.
The lineup for the upcoming match includes Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Max O’Dowd, Steve Smith, Colin Ackermann, Glenn Maxwell (VC), Scott Edwards (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Roelof van der Merwe, Adam Zampa, and Mitchell Starc. The Arun Jaitley Stadium, which used to heavily favor spinners and slower bowlers, especially in the later stages of a game, has shifted its inclination toward favoring batsmen due to the introduction of new black-soil pitches. In the 29 ODIs hosted at this venue, teams batting second have emerged victorious 14 times, while teams batting first have also won 14 times, with one match ending without a result.
In the three matches played at this stadium in the current tournament, the winning teams secured significant victories. South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 102 runs, India won against Afghanistan by 8 wickets, and England beat Afghanistan by 69 runs. As for the weather in Delhi, the forecast indicates a low chance of rain with temperatures predicted to reach as high as 31 degrees Celsius, according to Weather.com. Humidity levels may rise to 66%. Google’s win probability suggests a 79% chance of victory for Australia in this match, potentially moving them into the fourth position in the tournament. Both CricTracker and MyKhel express strong confidence in Australia’s likelihood of securing their third win of the tournament, a sentiment with which we concur.