ICC T20 World Cup: India thrashes Netherlands

Earlier on the same ground, South Africa scored 205/5 and bowled out Bangladesh to 101 and got huge boost for their NRR. India though had to play on same pitch and it became slow still, they scored 179/2 in 20 overs and restricted Netherlands to 123/9.

India thrashes Netherlands
India thrashes Netherlands

ICC T20 World Cup has three matches scheduled with Group 2 teams taking on each other. India thrashed Netherlands in their fixture at Sydney. Earlier on the same ground, South Africa scored 205/5 and bowled out Bangladesh to 101 and got huge boost for their NRR. India though had to play on same pitch and it became slow still, they scored 179/2 in 20 overs and restricted Netherlands to 123/9.

Rohit Sharma scored scratchy 50 against NED
Rohit Sharma scored scratchy 50 against NED

India won the toss and elected to bat first. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul walked out to play at better strike rate but Netherlands bowled better and restricted KL Rahul to 9 (12) and he got out trying to play a shot. DRS replays showed that it was not out but Rahul did not take it. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the old friends came together and steadied the ship. Both have decided to take time and played their shots when they both felt confident. Rohit Sharma scored 53 runs off 39 balls and came into form, even though he looked scratchy.

Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav score 50's for India
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav score 50’s for India

Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav joined when the score was on 84/2 from 12 overs. Suryakumar Yadav did not waste time and started to go after bowlers immediately. Virat Kohli also decided to score faster and went for his shots. Kohli scored 62 runs from 44 balls and he is just 11 runs away from 1000 runs in T20 World Cups. Suryakumar Yadav on the other hand scored 51 runs from 25 balls with 200 strike rate. He finished the India innings with a six. India scored 179/2 in 20 overs.

India smashes Netherlands at Sydney
India smashes Netherlands at Sydney

Netherlands started the innings poorly with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowling 2 maidens and he took opener Vikramjit Singh wicket too. On contrary, Arshdeep Singh went for few runs. Axar Patel took his first wicket in his first over. India bowlers kept taking wickets of Netherlands batsmen and NED never looked like threatening to win the match. Finally, they ended with 123/9 in 20 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/9), Arshdeep Singh (2/37), Ravichandran Ashwin (2/21), Axar Patel (2/18), Mohammed Shami (1/27) bowled well and Arshdeep Singh towards the end of the innings tried to take hat-trick. Suryakumar Yadav has been given Player of the Match award for his great entertaining innings on a slow wicket.

Suryakumar Yadav with 200 strike rate gets POM
Suryakumar Yadav with 200 strike rate gets POM

India ended up with good Net Run Rate and they are now table toppers in Group 2 with South Africa on 3 points. India would not want any of their games to wash-out as that will bring NRR in to play with SA having +5.200 to their name. Pakistan and Zimbabwe are taking on each other at Perth, by the time, this article has been published in ICC T20 World Cup.

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