India beat Netherlands in Cricket World Cup 2023© AFP
India remained unbeaten at the end of the Cricket World Cup 2023 group stage with a commendable victory over Netherlands in Bengaluru on Sunday. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul scored impressive centuries while Indian pacers continued their excellent form as India won by 160 runs. This was India’s ninth win in a row and ended the group stage with 18 points. Netherlands, on the other hand, finished in the last position with just 4 points. Sri Lanka finished ninth and missed out on the Champions Trophy slot while Bangladesh finished in the eighth position with 4 points. India will face New Zealand in the first semi-final while Australia and South Africa will face each other in the second semi-final. Pakistan finished fifth with eight points and a Net Run Rate (NRR) of -0.199.
Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul hit brilliant centuries as India outplayed Netherlands by 160 runs to finish their World Cup league matches with a record nine consecutive wins.
The hosts displayed a strong batting performance, reaching a massive 410 for four with Iyer (128 not out off 94 balls) hitting a career-best ODI ton, while KL Rahul (102 off 64 balls) achieved the fastest World Cup hundred by an Indian. The pair accumulated 208 runs off 128 balls.
Rohit Sharma (61), Virat Kohli (51) and Shubman Gill (51) also scored half-centuries after India chose to bat.
In response, Netherlands put up a better display against the favored Indian attack compared to some earlier opposing teams, as they were bowled out for 250 in 47.5 overs.
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja all contributed with two wickets each.
(WIth PTI inputs)
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