India beat Netherlands by 56 runs in their second match of the Twenty20 World Cup Super 12 in Sydney on Thursday.
Team India set a
daunting total of 179 runs for Netherlands. Deciding to go with the same team
that played Pakistan last Sunday, Indian batters shone. Three of the four
Indian batters who walked into the crease scored half centuries – Rohit Sharma
(53), Virat Kohli (62) and Suryakumar Yadav, who scored a blistering 51 off 25
balls. The only weak link in India’s batting line-up was KL Rahul, who got out
bowling attack started out well, limiting runs. The Indian batting side could
score only 32 runs in the powerplay. But a composed Kohli and an aggressive Yadav
took India through to a competitive total. For the Dutch, Paul Van Meereken was
the pick of the bowlers giving away 32 runs in his four overs and taking one
were hefty on Netherlands from the very beginning. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took out
Vikramjit Singh for 1 after the opener had wasted 8 deliveries. Bas De Leede
and Colin Ackermann attempted to given Netherlands’ batting some stability but
were out for 16 and 17 respectively.
This was an opportunity
for India to rest some of their key players, but the Men-in-Blue decided to
maintain the squad because they wanted the players to get more time on the
field before they go into critical contests against South Africa and
India will play South
Africa on October 30 and Bangladesh on November 2. With two wins in its kitty
already, the Men-in-Blue will look to shine in the T20 World Cup 2022.