by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
India continued their unbeaten streak, notching a convincing 160-run victory over the Netherlands in the Cricket World Cup. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul played pivotal roles in India’s commanding performance, contributing blistering hundreds to set up a formidable total of 410 for 4. The Netherlands, in response, fell short, managing 250 runs.
The batting spectacle began with a 100-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, laying a solid foundation for the innings. Subsequently, Shreyas and Rahul’s impressive 208-run partnership propelled India to a commanding position. Virat Kohli also contributed with a half-century, and the Netherlands bowlers struggled to find an answer to India’s aggressive batting lineup.
Despite the Netherlands’ efforts to contain the runs, India’s batsmen showcased their dominance. Gill’s aggressive start, Rohit’s tormenting innings, and Kohli’s composed fifty set the stage for Shreyas and Rahul to capitalize and convert their starts into big hundreds. The crowd witnessed a batting masterclass, with boundaries flowing from the Indian bats, leaving the Netherlands bowlers struggling.
In the chase, the Netherlands made a spirited effort, reaching 62 for 1 at the end of the powerplay. However, the introduction of Kuldeep Yadav turned the tide, and wickets started falling at regular intervals. Kohli even joined the bowling attack, adding to the celebration by taking a wicket with his rare overs. The Dutch resistance crumbled, with Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah making crucial breakthroughs.
Ultimately, the Netherlands’ innings concluded at 250, with Rohit taking the last wicket. Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten on 128, and India’s convincing win extended their unbeaten streak to 9-0 in the tournament.
The comprehensive victory showcased India’s batting prowess and depth, leaving the Netherlands with a challenging task. India’s well-rounded performance and dominant run in the group stage solidify their status as a formidable contender in the Cricket World Cup.