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AFG vs NED Pitch report: How will surface at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow play in World Cup 2023 match?

AFG vs NED Pitch report: Afghanistan have three wins in six matches and are coming on the back of two successive wins in the World Cup 2023. The Netherlands have two wins in six outings. The two are set to face each other at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

Varun Malik Written By: Varun Malik @varunm0212 New Delhi Updated on: November 03, 2023 11:53 IST
Afghanistan and Netherlands Cricket teams.
Image Source : GETTY Afghanistan and Netherlands Cricket teams.

AFG vs NED Pitch report: High-flying Afghanistan are all set to have a crack at the Netherlands as the two clasha against each other at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Friday, November 3. The Afghansitan side is having a dream run in the World Cup as they have registered three wins in their six games of the tournament. They are on a two-match winning streak and are very much in contention to qualify for semifinals with 6 points in 6 matches.

Meanwhile, the Dutch are having a decent run in the tournament as well as they have 2 wins in 6 games including their recent thrashing of Bangladesh. They are still in contention to qualify for the final four if mathematics is to be believed. The clash between Afghanistan and the Netherlands is set to take place in the northern part of India - the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. 

Ekana Cricket Stadium Pitch report

After the Ekana Stadium's pitch got relaid ahead of the World Cup 2023, we saw some brilliant scores in the first innings. However, after watching the India vs England game on October 29, it seems that the surface has started to be a challenge for the batters. India captain Rohit Sharma also called the Lucknow surface to be challenging for the batters once he led his side to a 100-run win over England. 

There is help for the pacers early as there is swing. As the innings progress and the ball softens and gets old, there was enough in it for the spinners too. Expect a not-so-high-scoring contest in Lucknow.

Ekana Cricket Stadium - The Numbers Game

Total ODI matches 13

Matches won batting first - 4

Matches won bowling first - 9

Average 1st Inns scores - 229

Average 2nd Inns scores - 207

Highest total recorded - 311/7 by RSA vs AUS

Lowest total recorded - 129/10 by ENG vs IND

Highest score chased - 269/3 by RSAW vs INDW

Lowest score defended - 248/5 by INDW vs RSAW

Netherlands Probable Playing XI:

Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Wesley Barresi, Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Logan van Beek, Ryan Klein, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren

Afghanistan's Probable Playing XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

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