Virat Kohli bowled a full over in ODI for the first time after 2017. He got a wicket after nine years. Rohit Sharma also added his name to the wicket-taking list. Barring Mohammad Shami, each of the key bowlers took two wickets. So finally the Netherlands had to be buried under the mountain of 410 runs of India. The hosts remained unbeaten before the semi-finals, beating their opponents by 250 runs and 160 runs. They became the second team after Australia to win nine consecutive World Cup matches.
India took the wicket in the second over with a capital of 410 runs in Bengaluru on Sunday. Wesley Baresi was dismissed for 4 by Mohammad Siraj. India will crush the Dutch, after two consecutive maiden overs, the Dutch objected to make that fear come true. Max O’Dowd and Colin Ackerman continued to hit boundaries with great strokes. In the powerplay they scored 62 runs without losing any wicket.
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But India’s high-quality spin test is still for them. Kuldeep Yadav appeared in his second over with a wicket. He made Ackerman LBW and returned 35 off 6 fours from 32 balls. Ravindra Jadeja comes in and hunts the first ball. Sent O’Dowd to the dressing room for 30 runs. Cbrand Engelbrecht was caught in the controlled spin of Jadeja-Kuldeep. Their innings progressed very slowly with captain Scott Edwards.
When their partnership was broken in the 25th over, the runs had not crossed 111. When Edwards returned for 14 runs, the fourth wicket partnership did not increase to 39 runs. Virat Kohli broke the pair! Yes, Virat Kohli came and got a wicket in his second over. Edwards caught the keeper with his down-the-leg ball.
Apart from the main bowlers, the test of who can bowl in the Indian XI was going on. Kohli finished the spell of 13 runs in 3 overs. Then Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav rotated hands in ODIs for the first time. Shubman gave 11 runs in 2 overs, Suryakumar gave 17 runs in the same over. At the other end, Bumrah bowled Bass de Lida. Netherlands lost their fifth wicket for 144 in the 32nd over when Bass returned with a perfect yorker.
In the middle of the match, India then started the practice of death bowling. The pacers go yorker-wide to the offside heavy field. Siraj also sent back Engelbrecht with a yorker. He returned with 45 runs in just four fours off 80 balls.
It took the Dutch 41 overs to reach two hundred runs. The seventh wicket is gone for 208 runs. Rolf von der Merwe came in after Logan von Beek was bowled for 16 off Kuldeep. Marwe bounced back with 16 runs off 8 balls with one four and two sixes in a sensational batting. Teja Nidamanuru put smiles on the faces of the Dutch fans afterwards. However, he got out soon after his 38-ball fifty, hitting 6 sixes. Netherlands were all out with 15 balls to spare.
After winning the toss and batting from the first ball of India’s innings, the rampage started from the very first ball, making it difficult for the Netherlands to stop. Rohit regularly played big shots on Dutt’s off-spin. After the flying Rohit, Shubman started the storm. India crossed fifty in six overs. Rohit-Shubman’s bat felt like the game was T20! Dutch captain Scott Edwards used five bowlers within nine overs. No one could stop the Storm on the first power play. India scored 91 runs in 10 fours and 5 sixes.
Shubman scored a fifty off just 30 balls. But got out soon after after a great catch on the boundary. Shubman was caught by Teja Nidamanuru with a fine leg on Paul von Mikkeren’s bouncer. He stopped at 51 off 32 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes. Broke the opening pair of exactly 100 runs. Rohit completed his fifty in 44 balls and got out without being able to extend the innings. On 61 runs, he was caught on the boundary while blowing the ball from Bass de Lidy. Rohit hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in 54 balls.
Kohli, who has become a run machine in this World Cup, started slowly. Kohli, who was 14 off 25 balls, changed gears later. India’s storm started again with a little break in between. But Kohli went back to 51 after scoring a fifty off 53 balls. After playing an innings with 5 fours and 1 six, he was bowled by Rolf von der Merwe.
India, who crossed the hundred in the 12th over, crossed the two hundred in the 29th over. Shreyas, who played with confidence from the start, maintained the run rate. He mixed caution with aggression and got a fifty off 48 balls. Rahul also came to the crease and played in equal measure with a flick of the wrist. He scored a fifty off 40 balls. In the 42nd over, the Shreyas-Rahul partnership also reached a century as India crossed the three hundred mark.
After Shreyas got a century off 84 balls, Rahul’s bat became turbulent. He was 11 runs away from the century before the start of the last over. Scored a brilliant century with two sixes in a row. Hit 11 fours and 4 sixes before getting out. 10 fours along with 5 sixes came from the bat of the unbeaten Shreyas in the stirring innings. Logan von Beek gave away 107 runs in 10 overs on a day of extreme misery for the Dutch bowlers. Did not get any wicket.