After enduring a string of defeats, Jos Buttler-led England will look to end their barren run in the ongoing World Cup as they meet Netherlands at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. England currently sit at the bottom of the ten-team table, making this match a do-or-die situation to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.
Netherlands, on the other hand, have had some success in the tournament so far. They have won two out of the seven matches played, showcasing their ability to defend modest scores against strong opponents like South Africa and Bangladesh. Bas de Leede and Paul van Meekeran have been their standout performers, combining to pick 15 wickets in the crucial Powerplay 2 overs.
The upcoming match is crucial for both teams as a win would significantly improve their chances of qualifying for the ICC Champions Trophy. The top seven teams in the World Cup will secure a spot in the eight-team tournament, which will be held in Pakistan in 2025. England's fielding coach, Carl Hopkinson, emphasized the importance of this game, stating that England needs to win both remaining matches to qualify.
England's biggest concern going into the match is their batting form. Key player Joe Root has struggled to make an impact in recent games, managing only 18 runs in his last four outings. However, England cannot afford to underestimate Netherlands, as they have never been defeated in their previous six encounters.
The match will be held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, where teams chasing have had the upper hand in recent World Cup encounters. Only South Africa managed to win batting first at this venue. Both teams will need to strategize accordingly to maximize their chances of success.
Stay tuned for live updates of the match to see if England can turn their fortunes around and secure their spot in the ICC Champions Trophy.