India continued their unbeaten run in the 2023 ODI World Cup, defeating the Netherlands by 10 wickets in their last group stage match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. With this win, India finished top of Group 2 and will face New Zealand in the semi-finals in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put on an unbeaten 185-run opening partnership to guide India to victory. Rohit scored 106 off 112 balls, while Rahul scored 80 off 116 balls. The duo was in complete control of the chase and never allowed the Dutch bowlers to get into the game.
Earlier, the Netherlands were bowled out for 264 in 49.5 overs. Max O’Dowd was the top scorer for the Dutch with 82 off 102 balls. He was well supported by Tom Cooper (57) and Bas de Leede (53).
India’s bowlers were disciplined and did not allow the Dutch batsmen to get away. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets each.
India’s Unbeaten Run
India have been in scintillating form in the World Cup so far, winning all seven of their group stage matches. They have been the most consistent team in the tournament and will be one of the favorites to win the title.
Rohit Sharma has been leading from the front for India, scoring four centuries in the tournament so far. KL Rahul has also been in good form, scoring three centuries. The Indian middle order, led by Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav, has also been in good form.
The Indian bowling attack has also been impressive, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah all taking wickets regularly. Ravindra Jadeja has also been a valuable asset for India, providing wickets and containing the run flow.
The Netherlands had a disappointing World Cup campaign, winning only one of their seven matches. They were outplayed by most of the teams in their group and will be looking to improve their performance in the next tournament.
Max O’Dowd was the only Dutch batsman who was able to leave a mark in the tournament. He scored 327 runs in seven matches, including two centuries. Tom Cooper and Bas de Leede were also among the runs for the Dutch, but they were not consistent enough.
The Dutch bowling attack was also not up to the mark. They were unable to take wickets regularly and were often punished by the opposition batsmen.