In the last three years, the Netherlands have unfortunately not been outstanding in the ODIs. They have only won twice in their last 20 games! and clearly It will be a problem for them to beat the South Africans on their field, and the hosts The hosts will also be under pressure given the stakes in this game.
The South African team just needs to win this series to get into the upcoming World Cup, and they have fielded a full squad to do so.
The team will be under a lot of pressure considering they are the only major team that has yet to qualify for this tournament.
They need to win this series 2-0 and really need the best performance from their players. Bavuma, for his part, wants his team to have a natural style of play, as their opponents are not in the best shape and it is better to avoid experimenting.
Openers Reesa Hendricks and Quinton de Kock have distinguished themselves well in recent matches, and the team should provide a good start from this pair. The middle line is also strong, and everyone expects good performances from Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen. Wayne Parnell and David Miller, on the other hand, should score points as finishers.
Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi should put up a new ball and put significant pressure on the opposing team. The early wickets will give the team a strong advantage. Markram is the only spinner on the team so far and just has to do well in the supporting role.
The team faced a very demanding task in this game. They may have won the game in Zimbabwe, but they have not been at their best for over two years. Their batsmen are alas not used to playing against such a strong bowling attack and it is not certain that they will be able to adapt in the process. Edwards will try to get his players to show a positive approach, as it is very important for everyone to win this game.
Vikramjit Singh and Max O’Dowd are clearly struggling and should perform very, very well in this game. We know Teja Nidamanuru can hit the ball well, and he will definitely add speed along with Scott Edwards and Shariz Ahmed in the bottom half.
Fred Klaassen and Paul van Meekeren simply have to make early wickets for the team to challenge their opponents. Vikramjit Singh and Roelof van der Merwe will be in a position to definitely play well in the middle overs.
The Netherlands enter the series in very bad shape. In Zimbabwe, their batsmen, have had difficulties, especially the top order has “distinguished themselves” in this. In this game they will face a strong fast bowling attack in overcast conditions. The South Africans in turn play at home, and it is important to note that they have never lost to the Netherlands. All this makes them the clear favorites for this game.