The Men’s 2023 ODI World Cup takes place in India and runs from October 5 until November 19
Cricket World Cup 2023 Updates: The Pakistan team has been hit by a viral virus, while the Netherlands pulled another upset of the tournament by smashing South Africa.
Edwards, van der Merwe helped Netherlands registered a historic win against South Africa.
Netherlands 245 for 8 (Edwards 78*, van der Merwe 29, Jansen 2-27) beat South Africa 207 (Miller 43, van Beek 3-60, van der Merwe 2-34, de Leede 2-36, van Meekeren 2-40) by 38 runs 43 overs a side.
Scott Edwards’ rousing unbeaten half-century gave his bowlers belief, and they shot for the stars, demolishing South Africa’s storied batting line-up to hand Netherlands a historic World Cup victory.
South Africa was one to beat so far, having won both their games at the tournament before this by more than 100 runs, after posting totals of 428 and 311, had insisted in the lead-up that they had moved on from a group-stage defeat to the Netherlands, which ended their T20 World Cup campaign last year.
The Netherlands, meanwhile, had shown fleeting glances of what they might be capable of here with heavy yet spirited defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand.
This match followed the script, until Edwards and Roelof van der Merwe – who shone with bat and ball – ripped it up to secure a 38-run win, Netherlands’ first against South Africa in ODIs.
Pakistan’s squad hit by virus
The Pakistan cricket team has been struck by a viral infection in their World Cup camp in India, with several players affected by flu and high fever.
Most are understood to be on the mend, but several did not attend Tuesday’s optional training session. Abdullah Shafique is in quarantine with flu and fever in his room, while Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, and Zaman Khan have also been affected.
Ben Stokes has encouraged his England team-mates to play more aggressively after their 69-run defeat to Afghanistan in Delhi on Sunday night. He looks set to make his first appearance of the tournament against South Africa in Mumbai this weekend.
The PCB has lodged an official complaint with the ICC about the crowd behavior directed towards the Pakistan players in their game against India at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium over the weekend.