Centuries from Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul propelled India to a 160-run Cricket World Cup 2023 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday as they finished the group stage with a perfect nine wins in nine matches. Iyer (128 not out) and Rahul (102) added 208 runs to guide India to 410-4. India then employed nine bowlers, including part-timers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, to bowl out the Dutch for 250 in the final series match of the tournament in Bengaluru. The hosts will face New Zealand in the first semi-final in Mumbai on Wednesday and the second final of four between Australia and South Africa the following day in Kolkata. Iyer smashed his first World Cup ton in a match where the top five Indian batsmen passed the fifty mark on a batting-friendly pitch.
He reached his first — his fourth in ODI cricket — off 84 balls. He finished with 10 fours and five sixes.
Bengaluru-born Rahul raced to his ton with two sixes for the fastest Indian first in a World Cup off 62 balls.
He departed four balls later as India failed to achieve a record World Cup total of 413-5 against Bermuda in 2007.
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Kohli reached his half-century but fell for 51, silencing the crowd hoping for the star batsman’s 50th ODI ton after equaling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 in the team’s previous win over South Africa this.
Skipper Rohit, who hit 61, and Shubman Gill laid the foundations for the total in an opening stand of 100 with both hitting regular boundaries.
Gill fell for 51 against Paul van Meekeren and fellow quick Bas de Leede dismissed Rohit after the captain reached his fourth 50-plus score including a ton in the tournament.
Bas overtook his father Tim de Leede, who took 14 wickets for the Dutch in the World Cup, and claimed to finish as the highest World Cup winner for his nation with 16 scalps.
The in-form Kohli reached the 71st fifty of his ODI career but bowled four balls later to left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe.
Kohli surpassed South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (591) as the leading run-getter in the 2023 tournament with 594 runs.
Iyer kept up his great form to register his fourth consecutive score of 50 and over in the tournament and was supported from the other side as Rahul joined the charge.
In reply, the Dutch never chased them down and continued to lose regular wickets including Kohli hitting his sweet medium pace to claim a first ODI wicket in nine years.
With the Dutch scrambling in their response, Rohit threw the ball to Kohli who was sent back by opposition captain Scott Edwards, caught behind in his second over a ball drifting down the leg side.
It was only Kohli’s fifth career ODI wicket from his gentle medium pacer and first since 2014.
Sybrand Engelbrecht made 45 and Teja Nidamanuru hit 54 before the innings folded in 47.5 overs with Rohit finishing using his part-time spin to send Nidamanuru back.
Rohit last picked an ODI wicket in 2012 and this was only his 10th career wicket.
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