The 2nd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is going to be between Pakistan and Netherlands tomorrow at 2:00 pm (Local time). Netherlands are the heavy underdogs for this entire tournament, yet it would be very unfair to underestimate them as a team.
Tomorrow's match is going to be a tough challenge for the Netherlands as they have to tackle Pakistan's world-class batting and bowling line up. Bas De Leede from Team Netherlands is aiming to make it to the semi-finals; he claims that reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup is their main target.
In order to fulfil this aim, they will have to secure a win against big teams, so tomorrow's match is very important for the Netherlands as a win will give them a significant head start.
Bas De Leede on Netherlands goals
In a recent interview, Bas De Leede spoke about Netherlands target as a team and reflected on the training sessions so far.
"We want to make the semifinals", De leede said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "Obviously, it's one thing training in Indian conditions, but then another thing going out and playing and seeing what it's like in a game, so I think for us it was a nice introduction to Indian conditions and trying to find out what works for us as a team.
And then you know lack of game time. It was a shame that the warm-up games got rained off. But I think in the nets, we try and replicate game scenarios and try and be as competitive as we can when bowling to each other, when facing each other.
De Leede further said: So that's probably the one way we've tried to make up for the lack of games. If we want to get there, we've got to win four or five games. So, we'd have to take down one of the big teams. But that's (semifinals) our main target.
And if we get there, we play our best cricket. Amazing. But if we play our best cricket and we don't get there, I reckon we can still be proud of ourselves".