Wicketkeeper KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer were the only members of the Indian players to not bowl an over as Rohit Sharma tried nine different bowlers against the Netherlands in Bengaluru on Sunday. Rohit Sharma himself claimed the tenth wicket of the Dutch innings as they were bowled out for 250 in pursuit of India's humongous 410/4 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The 160-run win meant India concluded the group-stage games of the ICC World Cup 2023 undefeated.
Apart from Rohit, star India batter Virat Kohli also picked a wicket -- his first in 9 years of international cricket. While Rohit dismissed Dutch topscorer Teja Nidamanuru (54 off 39), it was the opposition skipper Scott Edwards (17 off 30) who fell prey to Kohli. Edwards was caught down the leg by Rahul behind the stumps.
Virat Kohli bowled a total of 3 overs (2-0-13-1) at an Economy rate of 4.33 while Rohit took just five balls to claim the wicket that put the match to an end (0.5-0-7-1)
Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill also picked up the ball for India but were not as effective as their veteran teammates. While Gill yielded 11 runs from 2 overs, Yadav went for 17 in 12 balls.
Earlier, tons from Shreyas Iyer (128*) and KL Rahul (102) powered India to their second-highest ICC World Cup total ever. None of India's top-order failed to fire against the associate nation, as they looked aggressive from the first ball. Rohit Sharma (61), Shubman Gill (51) and Virat Kohli (51) made important contributions before Iyer and Rahul unleashed carnage.
India vs Netherlands: A quick recap
Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul hit hundreds as World Cup hosts India geared up for the semi-finals with a crushing 160-run victory over the Netherlands on Sunday to keep intact their 100% record with nine group wins.After their colleagues had departed following breezy fifties on a good M Chinnaswamy Stadium track, Iyer (128 not out) struck his fourth ODI ton before Rahul (102) exploded as the duo lit up the stage on the Hindu festival of Diwali to get India to 410-4.Requiring a record World Cup chase to win, the bottom-placed Dutch side got good starts from Max O'Dowd (30), Colin Ackermann (35), Sybrand Engelbrecht (45) and Teja Nidamanuru (54) but they never threatened and were dismissed for 250 in 47.5 overs.