World Cup 2023: India will face the Netherlands in the final round robin match of the ICC World Cup 2023 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore today. Team India is undefeated in all eight matches played so far. They have already qualified for the semi-finals with 16 points. They have entered the field today as clear ‘favorites’ against the Netherlands, who are far behind in the table. Many experts felt that India would not field the best XI in this seemingly insignificant match. But at the time of the toss, the captain said that they are not making any changes in the XI. On the day of Diwali, the coin toss fell in favor of Team India. They chose to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill stormed Bengaluru’s batting-friendly 22 yards early on.
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Aryan Dutt’s first ball was sent to the boundary by Rohit Sharma. That’s when it was understood that the storm of runs is going to rise today. India’s two openers were seen putting on a display of four-six fireworks within the first ten overs. Rohit has been playing an innings of dhundhuma throughout the World Cup. Today is no exception. Dutch bowlers were sometimes seen hitting him to the gallery, sometimes sending them to the trademark pool outside the boundaries of the field. Shubman Gill played aggressively with Rohit today. Beautiful shots like cut, hook, flick, pull were seen from his bat. He quickly reached the third half-century of the current World Cup. The visitors were expecting a century from Shubman, who is currently number one in the ICC rankings. But the incredible fielding of the Netherlands did not give him that chance.
Shubman Gill wanted to pull Paul van McKearen’s short ball. The bat-ball connection was perfect. As the ball flies out of bounds, Teja Nidamanuru, standing at deep fine, palmed it with one hand on a brilliant spot jump. The Dutch star had to keep his body balanced even after palming the ball. He didn’t do anything wrong. Shubman’s dream of a century in Nidamanuru’s incredible catch did not come true today. In the last match of the group stage of the World Cup (ICC World Cup 2023), he lost 51 runs off 32 balls with the help of 2 fours and 4 sixes. India’s first wicket fell after 100 runs.