Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul scored centuries as World Cup hosts India set up for the semi-finals with a crushing 160-run win over the Netherlands; Watch India take on New Zealand live on Wednesday from 8am on Sky Sports Cricket (kick-off 8.30am)
16:46 UK Sunday 12 November 2023
India completed a flawless World Cup group stage by beating Netherlands by 160 runs in Bengaluru.
The hosts made it nine wins from nine matches after posting a mammoth total of 50,410-4, just three runs short of their best World Cup total against Bermuda in 2007.
Shreyas Iyer top-scored with an unbeaten 128 off 94 balls and KL Rahul completed his century in the final before being dismissed for 102. Rahul reached his hundred in 62 balls – the fastest Indian batsman in a World Cup – and the fourth-wicket partnership of 208 with Iyer took game to the Dutch.
Rohit Sharma (61), Shubman Gill (51) and Virat Kohli (51) also crossed fifties as India claimed another World Cup record. It was the first time that the top five from any team scored half-centuries in the same innings in the competition – and only the third time in the history of ODI cricket.
Kohli looked well set to surpass the record of 49 ODI hundreds he shares with compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, only to miss a straight delivery from spinner Roelof van der Merwe and have to settle for overtaking South Africa’s Quinton de Kock as the leader tournament. shooter.
India were always in control with a flat wicket and the Netherlands were eventually dismissed for 250 in 47.5 overs.
Teja Nidamanuru (54) and Sybrand Engelbrecht (45) fought back as Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets each while Kohli claimed his first ODI wicket since 2014.
Sharma: ‘India clinical from first game’
India captain Rohit Sharma: “Since we started the tournament, it’s always been about taking one game at a time and playing it well. 11 games in total, if you go all the way, that’s a lot of games. It’s important that we break it down and focus on one game at a time and play it well.
“That’s what everyone did. You play in different conditions, you have to adapt and that’s what we did. We’re very happy with how we played in these nine games. From the first game until today, we were very clinical. ” This is because different individuals stepped up at different points.’
Netherlands captain Scott Edwards: “India showed pure class with the bat. I thought we played well at certain periods. They soaked up the pressure. They will be tough to beat for the rest of the tournament. As for us, we are young and it’s about growth for us.”
The semi-final line-up is now confirmed, with India playing fourth-ranked New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday and Australia taking on South Africa in Kolkata a day later. The build-up to these matches starts on Sky Sports Cricket from 8am these days, with matches starting at 8.30am.
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