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Match preview – India vs Netherlands, ICC T20 Men’s World Cup 2022/23, 23rd Match, Group 2

Friday will be the first time India and the Netherlands will compete in a T20 international. While India will come in as clear favorites, they will also be the first to point out the danger Scott Edwards’ team poses. The Dutch are the only Associates in the Super 12s. They’ve worked hard to earn their spot and now their players want to enjoy playing alongside the big boys, a long-held dream. India, Pakistan and South Africa are in their group, and the Dutch want to make sure they push themselves to cause a shock.
Exposure – that’s the slogan Associate coaches and players have outside the gates of the ICC and bigger countries. By playing better teams, they get better, was the key. And the Netherlands have proved it this season: in 2022 they played ODI series against England, New Zealand, Pakistan, the West Indies and Afghanistan, along with the twin T20Is against New Zealand and the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe before finishing in Australia arrived.
Equipped with that experience, the Netherlands believed they could beat Bangladesh in their first Super 12 game on Monday and nearly hit that target, if not for a few unnecessary runs, which was the reason behind the eventual nine-run defeat. The Netherlands knows that India is on a completely different level and is at an all-powerful peak after a dramatic victory over Pakistan. While their bowlers carried out the plans every game, Dutch batting was a virtual one-man show called Max O’Dowd. He needs support from Vikramjit Singh, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper and Edwards.
The Dutch captain could tell his players that we have nothing to lose, so let’s just enjoy it. Such an attitude, said Paul van Meerkeren, the strike bowler of the Netherlands, had the potential to help players raise the performance bar. And given their history of shocking big teams at T20 World Cups – England in 2009 and 2014 – India will want to be very vigilant.

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as captain Rohit Sharma loud, clear and fearless. He is one of the best tacticians in the game and is also more than capable of thinking on the fly. But Rohit, the batter, has been flying low lately: in his last five T20Is, Rohit has scored just 64 runs, including two ducks with a strike rate of 103. This dip in form contrasts with the blow-filled 46 he faced. Australia batted in the rain-shortened game in Nagpur that earned him the Player-of-the-Match award. His last fifty came in a losing cause, seven games ago, against Sri Lanka, in the Asian Cup. Rohit knows he has to dictate with the bat and show consistency.
Multiple World Cup winner Ricky Ponting likes to keep an eye on young talent and thinks he is the Dutch all-rounder Bas de Leede has something special about him. Ponting felt the Leede has the tools to get bigger, and his local BBL team Hobart Hurricanes might consider getting him on their list. Other T20 franchise scouts have also followed De Leede, who was recently picked up by MI Emirates for the inaugural season of the International League T20, which starts in the UAE from January 2021. de Leede, who is 22, was also Player of the Match in The Netherlands’ two first-round wins of this World Cup and their second-highest point in the World Cup qualifiers that preceded it.
With just one left-hander in the Netherlands’ top eight, India might be tempted to bring in Yuzvendra Chahal, but their bowling coach Paras Mhambrey pointed out on Wednesday that they prefer the balance R Ashwin gives to their at bat and may continue to play with him.

India (possibly): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 R Ashwin/ Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Arshdeep Singh

The Netherlands will probably not tinker either, but remain concerned about the injury of Roelof van der Merwe. Edwards said a final call would be made based on how the left arm spinner is holding up after practice Wednesday.

The Netherlands (possibly): 1 Max O’Dowd, 2 Vikramjit Singh. 3 Bas de Leede, 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Tom Cooper, 6 Scott Edwards (capt & wk), 7 Tim Pringle, 8 Timm van der Gugten, 9 Fred Klaassen 10 Paul van Meekeren, 11 Shariz Ahmed/Roelof van der Merwe

New Zealand shot 200 in the tournament opener at the SCG on Saturday. So it is reasonable to expect the runs to flow again. There was a threat of some rain, but it looks pretty clear on game night.

“You know, the discussion we always had was that every game in a tournament like this is important. Yes, the first game” [was against Pakistan and] we knew the hype around it. We knew it was always going to be a high intensity and a big clash, but if those games are done and dusted in the first phase itself, it’s good. If this game might have been the third or fourth game, sometimes that would affect the next games, but if this game is from our group, it’s good.”
Bowling coach India Paras Mhambrey when returning from a high-intensity match

“Yes, it’s huge. You always dream of playing World Cups, and the SCG is one of the most famous fields in the world. And to add to that, you’re playing against arguably one of the best teams in the world, yes, it’s quite surreal. The boys are looking forward to it.”
Dutch captain Scott Edwards about how excited his team is to take on India.

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