Starting on August 16th, Pakistan and the Netherlands will be involved in a three-match ODI series. All the games will happen at the same venue in Rotterdam. Here, we take a look at the pitch report of Hazelaarweg and the weather conditions in Rotterdam for the PAK vs NED ODI series.
The Netherlands did not have a great outing in their previous ODI assignment. They were up against England, who toyed with their bowling. Although it was a good learning curve for the Dutch, they will be expected to do well against Pakistan.
Pakistan, though, has been in great ODI form recently. At home, they white-washed West Indies in their latest ODI task. A full-strength squad will be touring the Netherlands and they will be the firm favourites to win all the matches. The Asian Team will see this series as a preparation for the Asia Cup 2022, which will start on the 27th of August.
Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam pitch report for PAK vs NED 2022
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So far, 12 ODI matches have happened at this venue in Rotterdam. Teams that have chased a target have won eight of these matches. This is enough for the captain winning the toss to make a decision.
The average score batting first is 185, which is very low compared to the many other venues. In fact, the highest score chased ever on this track is 236, which further iterates that the upcoming series can be a low-scoring one. Tom de Grooth’s 97 in 2007 is the highest individual score on this pitch. Surely, the likes of Babar Azam will be targeting this record in the series. Alex Cusack’s 5/20 is the best bowling display at this venue.
Rotterdam weather conditions for PAK vs NED 2022
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It is summer in the Netherlands and the temperatures are likely to remain north of 20 degrees celsius this month. Hence, good conditions are expected for the game.
That said, in Rotterdam, there are chances of light showers. This has potential to interrupt the proceedings of the match.