Venue Details & Pitch Report - Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Average First Innings Score at Pune in ODIs: 300

Batting First vs Batting Second in ODIs at Pune: Win Bat 1st - 50%, Win Bat 2nd - 50% 

ENG-NED Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs at Pune: Jonny Bairstow(3), Ben Stokes(5)

ENG-NED Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs at Pune: Ben Stokes(5), Mark Wood(6)

Ground Dimensions: The venue has straight boundaries (74m) and square boundaries (65m).

Pitch Report: It is considered a paradise for batters with an average score over 300. The surface offers some assistance for pace and bounce initially, but a high-scoring match is expected. Additionally, the dew later on in the evening during the second innings can be an advantage for the chasing team.

Predicted Playing XI - England vs Netherlands, Match 40, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

England: Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(C&WK), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

       Bench: Harry Brook, Gus Atkinson, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran

Netherlands: Wesley Barresi, Max O'Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (C & WK), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Saqib Zulfiqar, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Paul van Meekeren, Aryan Dutt

        Bench: Vikramjit Singh, Shariz Ahmed, Ryan Klein, Teja Nidamannuru

Fantasy Notes - England vs Netherlands, Match 40, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

Points to Consider

  • Ideally, we would consider England to be heavy favourites against a team like the Netherlands. However, things are slightly different this time around - England have had shocking performances in this tournament, and the Netherlands on the other hand, have shown that they have enough quality to upset top-seeded teams.
  • When the Netherlands met England in a 3-match ODI series back in 2022, Scott Edwards scored 3 half-centuries in that series including a 64, 78, and 72*. With a selection of just 55%, the Dutch skipper is quite underrated as he is one of their most reliable batters in the middle order. Back him in your team!
  • Jonny Bairstow at Pune in ODIs: Inns - 3, Runs - 219, Avg/SR - 73/120, 50s/100s - 1/1; This would be his best opportunity to score runs on a batting-friendly wicket and a relatively small ground at Pune, particularly if England is chasing. He will still have to be wary of the new ball threat against Logan van Beek and Paul van Meekeren. Bairstow vs Right Arm Pace in Overs 1-10 in ODIs since 2022: Inns - 12, Outs - 6, Avg/SR - 24/86.
  • Sybrand Engelbrecht has been incredibly consistent in terms of base fantasy points in the World Cup so far, including 2 half-centuries against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. However, he is only a pure batter and cannot be relied on in small-league combinations compared to the likes of Bas de Leede and Colin Ackermann, who offer some all-round value.
  • The case of Max O'Dowd is interesting because he has looked in good touch in patches and also shown the potential to score big, but, failed to make an impact in the World Cup. At the same time, he put up his highest score of 42 in the last match and also scored 2 half-centuries in 3 ODIs against England in 2022. Try him as a 14.6% selected differential batter in your grand leagues.
  • England have picked up the least wickets in the middle overs (11-40) in WC23; Matches - 7, Wickets - 19, Economy - 5.7, Bowling Average - 57.4.

Fantasy XI - England vs Netherlands, Match 40, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Scott Edwards, Jonny Bairstow

BAT: Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Joe Root

AR: Bas de Leede, David Willey, Colin Ackermann

BOWL: Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

C/VC: Dawid Malan, David Willey

Differentials: Paul van Meekeren - bowl 1st (43%), Max O'Dowd (15%), Jos Buttler - bat 1st (38%)

C/VC Alternatives: Bas de Leede, Adil Rashid, Joe Root

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