The 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup is underway in India and will run from October 5 to November 19. Each morning we’ll be gathering the latest action and news from the event and bringing you insights from our reporters on the ground.
TOP STORY: Australia get World Cup campaign back on track
Australia 215 for 5 (Inglis 58, Marsh 52, Madushanka 3-38) defeated Sri Lanka 209 (Perera 78, Nissanka 61, Zampa 4-47) by five wickets
Australia chased down Sri Lanka’s target of 209 with some ease and revived their impressive World Cup campaign with a five-wicket win in Lucknow. The result leaves Sri Lanka second on the table with three losses from three and now essentially needs only a win to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Match Analysis: Zampa looks to help turn around Australia’s fortunes
Adam Zampa came into this game with figures of 1 for 123 runs in 18 overs bowled during India’s defeat to South Africa. He was already struggling with hip, neck and shoulder injuries and had also suffered back spasms before this game.
That lethal cocktail of form and fitness might have prompted other teams to drop Zampa and opt for another spinner, but Australia had no other spinner. Here, therefore, he was feeling – as he said in his post-match press conference – “as if the adrenaline was about to reach me and a little Panadine Forte.”
Must Watch: Tom Moody on Adam Zampa
Netherlands vs South Africa, Lucknow (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEST)
Last year, South Africa was defeated by Netherlands in the Men’s T20 World Cup held in Australia. So when the two sides meet in Dharamshala on Tuesday, they will not view the Netherlands as a weak opponent. Also, there should not be any kind of pressure on them. This time it is a longer format, which reduces the chances of an upset. When these teams played two ODIs earlier this year, South Africa defeated the Netherlands by eight wickets and 146 runs.
A big reason, perhaps, is South Africa’s recent form – they are on a five-match winning streak. In each of these games, they batted first, scored more than 300 runs, crossed the 400 mark twice and won by more than 100 runs. Arguably, they have the strongest batting unit in this World Cup.
South Africa (Probable): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Marco Johnson, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi/Gerald Coetzee
Netherlands (Probable): 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Colin Ackerman, 4 Bas De Leede, 5 Teja Ndamanuru, 6 Scott Edwards (captain & wk), 7 Siebrand Engelbrecht, 8 Roelof van der Merwe, 9 Logan van Beek /Ryan Klein, 10 Aryan Dutt, 11 Paul van Meekeren