India will be up against the Netherlands in the warm-up matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Greenfield International Cricket Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) on 3rd October. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, they played their 1st warm-up match against defending champions England but the warm-up match was cancelled due to continuous rain in Guwahati.
India’s spirits are quite high after defeating Australia by 2-1 in the three-match ODI series before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The Indian cricket team also recently won a record 8th Asia Cup title by defeating Sri Lanka in the final match. India will begin their World Cup campaign against Australia in Chennai on 8th October, while England will take on New Zealand in the tournament opener in Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabad on 5th October.
The debate between Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan is still raging and there is an uncertainty about who will play in the middle order. In such type of situation, the match against the Netherlands on 3rd October is quite important. The balance in the bowling unit is another area that the team management needs to consider ahead of their 1st match in the World Cup against Australia on 8th October.
The Netherlands team, on the other hand, will aim to get some high-quality match practice against the Indian team. The Dutch team has been working hard in practice sessions, and they will be eager to bring their ‘A’ game to the field today. Before the India vs. Netherlands warm-up match starts, here is a look at a few important things that fans should know regarding the warm-up match.
Match – India vs Netherlands (Warm-up Match)
Date and Time – 3rd October 2023, Tuesday, 2 PM (IST)
Match Venue – Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)
The track of Greenfield International Stadium will be helpful for the batsmen as well as the bowlers. The venue has hosted two ODI matches, with India emerging victorious in both matches. In the ODI match played at this venue earlier this year, India scored 390/5 against Sri Lanka and then bowled them out for 73 runs. Teams winning the toss choose to bat first with the average 1st innings score being around 264 runs.
It is expected to rain with thunderstorms during the match. There is a possibility that this Warm-Up match for the 2023 World Cup will also be cancelled due to continuous rain. Even if the rain stops and the match start to continue, a full 50-over match will not be possible in this situation.