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England-Netherlands are facing today to stay in the Champions Trophy race

Champions of the previous season, England are at the bottom of the points table in this season. So far, the English team has been eliminated from the group stage with one win in 7 matches. On the other hand, the Netherlands also left the group stage with 4 points in 7 matches.

Despite being out of the World Cup, the aim of these two teams is now to secure a place in the 2025 Champions Trophy. These two teams, who are at the bottom of the points table, will face each other in their eighth match today.

The match will start at 2:30 Bangladesh time at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

The World Cup is absolutely gone for the English. The current champions are at the last position in the list with only 2 points after winning the match with Bangladesh. However, their hopes of playing the Champions Trophy are still alive. So the English are not thinking of any alternative to win today’s match.

On the other hand, the Netherlands is one step ahead of England after winning two matches in the World Cup. Netherlands lost by 7 wickets against Afghanistan after beating Bangladesh by 87 runs. However, the Orange team will want to beat England and stay ahead in the race for the Champions Trophy. Batters will get an added advantage as the MCA Stadium pitch is batting friendly.

So far the two teams have met 6 times. Where the English won all the matches. The last time these two teams met in a three-match series. Where the Dutch did not care at all. England scored a record 498 runs in the first match of that series. Which is the highest run in ODI history.

Both the teams will enter the field with the best XI to stay ahead in the race for the Champions Trophy. English pacer David Willey, who said goodbye to ODIs after the World Cup a few days ago, will want to finish his career in color.

England’s probable XI

Jonny Bairstow, David Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (captain and wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

Netherlands’ probable XI

Wesley Baresi, Max Odaud, Colin Ackerman, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards (captain and wicketkeeper), Bass de Lied, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren.

(08 November/NBW)


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