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T20 World Cup 2024: Netherlands v South Africa – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The State of Play

Both teams come into this game having won their opening matches at the T20 World Cup 2024.

South Africa beat Sri Lanka – albeit with a slightly laboured batting display – while the Netherlands saw off Nepal by six wickets.

The Proteas go in as favourites but the build-up has been overshadowed by talk of the pitch in New York.

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It has caused consternation with its inconsistent bounce with former England coach Andy Flower telling ESPN: “That’s not a good surface, it’s bordering on dangerous. You saw the ball bouncing on a length both ways, skidding low occasionally but in the main bouncing unusually high and striking people on the thumb, the gloves, the helmet, and making life dangerous for any batter.”

It’s certainly a pitch that’s difficult to score on, as evidenced in South Africa’s win over Sri Lanka in the Big Apple. Having bowled out their opponents for just 77, it took the big-hitting Proteas 16.2 overs to reach their victory target.

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Flower may be concerned but South Africa batter Heinrich Klaasen says players have got to “suck it up”.

He said: “At the IPL, no-one really complained about 270 plays 270. Now the bowlers are getting conditions a little bit more in their favour, so I think it’s just getting the balance right. 

“The batters need to suck it up. It’s not always going to be a 200 wicket, and you have to play a little bit smarter cricket to get over the line. We don’t mind if the bowlers have got something in it; that makes for some good entertaining cricket and you have to use your cricket brain a little bit. It’s just getting the balance right. That’s obviously why the groundsman gets paid the big bucks.”

It will be the Netherlands’ first experience of New York having beaten Nepal in Dallas, thanks largely to an unbeaten 54 from Max O’Dowd and a useful 11 not out from Bas de Leede that got them over the line.

Captain Scott Edwards said: “Our bowlers were awesome up top. We got two or three wickets in the powerplay. All five of our bowlers were brilliant. Ideally we would have got the runs a little quicker, but it was great the way Max batted, and Bassie finished it off well. We’ve got to play consistent cricket right way through this tournament.”

Expected line-ups

Netherlands: Levitt, O’Dowd, Singh, Engelbrecht, Edwards (c, wk), De Leede, Nidamanuru, Van Beek, Pringle, Van Meekeren, Kingma

South Africa: De Kock (wk), Hendricks, Markram (c), Stubbs, Klaasen, Miller, Jansen, Maharaj, Rabada, Nortje, Baartman

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Action from 3pm UK time.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network. 


There may be some nervous Dutchmen in the dressing room prior to tomorrow’s game. We’re not sure many of them will fancy facing the likes of Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje on a pitch with wildly inconsistent bounce.

On paper, it should be a routine South Africa win and that’s exactly what we’re going for as they look to improve on their opening display.

The United States’ stunning win over Pakistan yesterday will give all the underdogs hope but we can’t see lightning striking twice.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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