All fears disappeared. India’s victory brought relief to the Bangladesh camp. Bangladesh confirmed playing in the Champions Trophy by eliminating various equations and uncertainties. The Netherlands lost to India and got the ticket for this tournament organized in Pakistan.
Chasing the goal of Everest is certainly not an easy task! The Netherlands didn’t quite give up though. Tried according to their ability. However, they could not stop the overwhelming India. Finally lost by a huge margin of 160 runs. With this victory, India will play the semi-finals as unbeaten group champions.
India won the toss in Bengaluru on Sunday and batted first to get a huge capital of 411 runs. Lokesh Rahul and Shreyas Iyer scored a pair of centuries as the hosts posted the fifth-highest team total in World Cup history. Chasing that, Netherlands’ innings was reduced to 250 runs in 47.5 overs.
India reached this big target with the record pairing of Lokesh Rahul and Shreyas Iyer The two made a partnership of 208 runs from just 136 balls. Which is India’s highest in World Cup fourth wicket pair. Rahul scored his century in just 62 balls, the fastest among Indian batsmen in the World Cup.
In the opening pair, however, India got scared of a big collection. Equal 100 runs came in the duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Shubman returned for 51 runs from 32 balls, Rohit also could not make the innings bigger, he returned for 61 runs from 54 balls.
After that, a partnership of 71 runs was formed between Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer. Kohli picked up a fifty. But after that he could not pull the innings. Returned for 51 runs off 56 balls. India lost 3 wickets for 200 runs in 28.4 overs.
The Iyer-Rahul show starts from here. Both of them wreaked havoc on the Dutch bowlers with their bats. Didn’t give them any chance. There was nothing to do but look at the boundaries one by one! Shreyas Iyer took the century in between. Which is his first century in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Rahul, who completed his half-century in 40 balls, suddenly burst into flames. The next only 22 balls filled the century! It was his first century in a World Cup at home. However, he did not finish the innings unbeaten, returning for 102 runs from 63 balls with one ball of the innings left.
India scored 126 runs in the last 10 overs in the partnership of Iyer-Rahul. Thanks to which India crossed the 400-run mark for the first time in the tournament Iyer remained unbeaten on 128 off 94 balls.
The opening pair of the Dutch broke in the second over in pursuit of the target. Siraj brings back Wesley Baresi. Max and David and Colin Ackerman try to resist. 61 runs came in the pair. However, none of the two could increase the innings. Max made 30 off 42 balls and Ackerman returned with 35 off 32 balls.
Although Scott Edwards and Bas De Lide could not settle, Engelburch played an innings of 45 runs. In the end, Teja Nidamanura burned. He played an innings of 54 runs off 39 balls. Which only increased the wait for India to win.
Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav and Rabindra Jadeja took two wickets each. Each wicket of the Netherlands took Bangladesh one step forward towards the Champions Trophy.