Team India will look to continue their winning run in the 2022 T20 World Cup when they face the Netherlands in their second match of the Super 12 stage Group 2 clash on Thursday (26 October) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) . India defeated Pakistan in a final thriller to get their campaign off to a good start. However, Rohit Sharma and Co must ensure that their campaign stays on track as they take on the European nation. The Netherlands had a great first round. They lost their opener against Bangladesh in the Super 12s. But that doesn’t mean they will be easy to beat. They would be super excited to play India on one of the iconic grounds in the world.
As for playing 11, there were rumors that Hardik Pandya, one of the top players for India in the match against Pakistan, would be given a rest before the match against the Netherlands. But Indian bowling coach Paras Mhambrey defied all the rumors by saying that Hardik will play on October 27.
Also read: ‘ICC doesn’t deliver hot…’: Rohit Sharma’s Team India DISTURBED prior to the match IND vs Netherlands, know here
“Hardik gives you that balance and option. He bowls you those four overs. Hardik wants to play all the games. We don’t think about resting him and nobody is looking for rest. Hardik played a crucial knockout. Virat finished the game “But Hardik also played a crucial role. He gives you an option with both bat and ball. Pandya is okay and available for the game against the Netherlands,” said Mhambrey in the pre-match press conference.
It would be interesting to see who plays India instead of Axar Patel. Surely he wouldn’t play as second spinners are useless on fast tracks in Australia. India may be tempted to include Rishabh Pant in the XI and go into the match with just 5 bowlers.
India plays 11: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Netherlands plays 11: Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede, Tom Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Tim Pringle, Roelof van der Merwe, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren