Australia take on the Netherlands in a game that will allow them to test their core strength to the max. Having endured a tough start to the tournament, Australia will feel that they have managed to upend some of their performances and come up stronger than they were at the beginning.
The Netherlands, who shocked the world by beating South Africa earlier in the tournament, will feel they can try to cause another upset against the Kangaroos on Wednesday. However, it will not be easy for them, given the way the fast bowlers of the latter have performed. Admittedly, it has not been easy for Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in this tournament, but spinner Adam Zampa has led the show for the Aussies. Scott Edwards’ side will have to ensure that they do not let the Aussies get off to a good start with bat or ball. The pitch at the Arun Jaitley Stadium might work in their favour, given how batting-friendly it is. Australia, however, are the downright favourites.
Probable Playing XIs
Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren.
David Warner: Coming off the back of a stupendous showing against Pakistan, David Warner will know he can continue in the same vein of form against the Dutch. He will pack quite a punch, and his opponents have to find a way to make him fend against the short ball early on in the innings.
Scott Edwards: The Dutch skipper has been known to be the most prominent fighter in the squad. His batting and wicket keeping skills will be the key for them to succeed here on Wednesday.
Australia are the downright favourites to win this game and, no doubt, will end up on the winning side. The Netherlands have to play out of their skins to challenge the Aussies.