Skipper Rohit Sharma had won the toss and opted to bat first on a slow wicket. Indian Cricket Team was unchanged as earlier there were speculations that the team may rest Hardik Pandya. Once again KL Rahul was dismissed early in the power-play overs as India managed to score 32 runs.
Virat Kohli played a magnificent unbeaten knock of 62 runs in 44 balls where he struck 3 fours and 2 sixes. Along with him, skipper Rohit Sharma got back to his best as he scored 53 runs in 39 balls. It looked as if India would end up with a score of 160 runs but a 25-ball half-century by Suryakumar Yadav took the score to 179-2.
Axar Patel Knocks Over Max O Dowd’s Stumps
Netherlands was quite scratchy in the power-play overs. The batters weren’t able to assert their dominance over the bowlers. In the 5th over skipper, Rohit Sharma gave the ball to Axar Patel. The left-arm off-spinner on the 2nd ball of the over bowled Max O’Dowd as the batter went too far across the stumps as the score was 20-2.
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Accuracy from Axar!
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Crucial Phase for India
The Men in Blue would be well aware of the fact that they have to win big to stake a claim in the Semi-Final. There are chances that 3 teams may get tied on the same points in the group. Skipper Rohit Sharma will have to make sure that they don’t take the Netherlands lightly as they almost pulled a heist against Bangladesh.
The skipper should Shami in three spells as he has the knack of picking up wickets. On the other hand, the Netherlands should show some fight and make Indian bowlers work hard for wickets. It would be interesting to see whether the Netherlands change its approach or play the waiting game.
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