Playing in front of a home crowd under familiar conditions has its advantages and the Indian team was expected to shine in the ICC World Cup 2023 which they are hosting in full. India are regularly counted among the title favorites in ICC as well as ACC events, and more so when matches are held on their home turf.
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Few, however, would have expected Rohit Sharma’s men to make the impact they have in the league stage of the World Cup, where they have only won all nine of their matches so far and they are currently the only team not to have lost one. match, but do so in a ruthless way.
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The Netherlands were the last to be sidelined, ending their World Cup journey with a 160-run victory in one of the most clinical teams ever to assemble at the cricket event. And this was despite the Men in Blue not performing at hundred percent during Sunday’s match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in the final league match of the championship.
The Dutch had humiliated the Proteas for the second time in as many meetings across the ICC events and would have faint hopes of pulling off an even bigger upset against the Indians on Sunday.
However, those hopes were quickly dashed when India passed 300 runs after electing to bat; Rohit and Co would have more than 400 on the board and the result was the final over.
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Unlike his meek surrender against Australia in Delhi, however, the Dutch did not go down without a fight against the Indians and ended up posting 250 on the board.
Looking back at the events of the 45th match of the competition, we list some of the notable occasions:
Rohit and Gill toy with the Dutch attack
A key reason for India’s high scores – or their comfortable tasks earlier in the group – was the dominance of the powerplay by skipper Rohit and opening partner Gill. The duo wasted little time in bringing the attack to the Dutch, bringing up the fifty partnership in just six games and blasting their way to 91 for no loss at the end of the first powerplay. The partnership would touch the century mark before Gill became the first Indian wicket to fall, departing for 51. Rohit would also bring up his half-century, amassing 64 off 51 balls that included two maximums.
Van der Merwe denies Kohli a milestone
Among the biggest talking points ahead of the match was the possibility of Virat Kohli breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most ODI tons by bringing up an unprecedented 50th century in the format on Sunday. And if he had achieved the milestone at the Chinnaswamy, his adopted home ground, the achievement would have been even more special.
Kohli began to rebuild the innings after the Netherlands had removed both the openers, and the decibel levels at the center were starting to build after he brought up his 71st half-century at a steady pace. However, left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe would put an end to chants of “Kohli” by cleaning up the batting superstar. Kohli departed for 51 as India lost their third wicket with just 200 on the board.
Iyer, Rahul guide Men in Blue past 400
Iyer and Rahul went about scoring runs at a steady pace after Kohli’s dismissal, guiding India to 284 at the end of the 40th over without losing another wicket. With many wickets in hand Iyer and Rahul were given the license to make the killing in the final powerplay.
The acceleration would be devastating for Rahul – who went from 37 off 31 deliveries to 102 off 64, bringing up the fastest World Cup debut by an Indian along the way. Iyer was relatively calm, giving up his World Cup debut in 84 deliveries and remaining unbeaten on 128 off 94.
India produced one of the most clinical batting displays in recent memory with every member of the top five getting past fifties, which is surely great news for their fans ahead of the highlights.
Kohli and Rohit achieve rare things
What was unusual in India’s approach with the ball against the Netherlands on Sunday was Rohit deploying several part-time bowlers, including Kohli as well as himself. Kohli and Rohit have collected bucket loads of runs over the years with several centuries. For a change, however, both would celebrate getting a wicket from their bowling on Sunday – as rare a sight as you can get in the current generation.
Kohli would end up dismissing Dutch skipper Edwards, who was caught down the leg side from a delivery that would be widely known as the Chinnaswamy, whose wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma was present, erupted in celebration. . Meanwhile, Rohit got the honor of bagging the winning wicket when Nidamanuru was caught at long on.
Nidamanuru fights back, delaying the inevitable
Nidamanuru was the toast of the Dutch’s spirited performance with the bat on Sunday, smashing a 39-54 ball against the country of his birth to help his side breach 250 before being the last batter to fall. The Andhra Pradesh native came to the fore after Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Bas de Leede with a killer yorker. The Netherlands lost their fifth wicket with 144 on the board, and the Indians were hoping to bowl them out for less than 200. Nidamanuru’s rearguard action, however, ensured the Dutch with a worse score on the board even if is that they finished. on the losing side.
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