AFG vs NED Preview: VIVA11 Fantasy Insights for ODI World Cup 2023 – Match 34

Updated on: Nov 3, 2023 4:50 pm IST

Date: November 3, 2023

The upcoming clash in the ODI World Cup 2023 sees Afghanistan crossing paths with the Netherlands on Friday, November 3, at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, promising an exhilarating match-up.

Game Particulars:      

  • Match: Afghanistan vs Netherlands, ODI World Cup 2023, Match 34
  • Venue: Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
  • Date & Time: Friday, November 3, 2:00 PM (IST)
  • Live Stream: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app and website

Historical Match Insights:

In the past, Afghanistan has had the upper hand, securing victory in 7 out of 9 encounters against the Netherlands. This competitive saga commenced on August 30, 2009, with the most recent showdown taking place on January 25, 2022.

Ekana Cricket Stadium Pitch Analysis:

The pitch at the Ekana Cricket Stadium is expected to lean towards the bowlers, offering a rare opportunity in a tournament favoring batsmen. Spinners may play a significant role on this surface. Batsmen will need to exhibit patience, especially at the innings’ commencement, and the decision to chase could hold strategic importance.

Predicted Line-ups:

Afghanistan (AFG):

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad

Netherlands (NED):

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

VIVA11 Fantasy Team Picks:

For Small Leagues and Head-to-Head:

  • Keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Scott Edwards
  • Batsmen: Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd
  • All-rounders: Mohammad Nabi, Bas de Leede
  • Bowlers: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Paul van Meekeren

For Grand Leagues:

  • Keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Batsmen: Rahmat Shah, Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd
  • All-rounders: Najibullah Zadran, Bas de Leede
  • Bowlers: Naveen-ul-Haq, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Bas de Leede

Avoidable Players:

From our assessment, consider refraining from selecting Scott Edwards and Sybrand Engelbrecht for this match.

Key Performers:

Top Batter: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)

Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been consistent, amassing 385 runs in his last 10 matches. His role as an opener for Afghanistan renders his performance pivotal against the Netherlands.

Key Bowler: Bas de Leede (Netherlands)

With an impressive record of 19 wickets in his last nine matches, Netherlands’ Bas de Leede’s contribution as an all-rounder could present a challenging aspect for Afghanistan.

Match Prediction: Afghanistan Favored to Win


The predictions offered are derived from insights and analysis and should be considered in tandem with individual decision-making.

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