IND vs NED T20 World Cup testimony: Virat Kohli’s purple stain continues, Bhuvneshwar Kumar smothers the Dutch, KL Rahul disappoints

India beat the Netherlands by 56 runs at the SCG in Sydney. It was an absolutely dominating racquet and bowl performance from Rohit’s men who top the Group 2 table with 2 wins from 2 games.

Here’s a quick form check after the game:

KL Rahul 9(12)

KL Rahul dropped out early again. His form has been hot and cold lately. After a couple of good innings before the World Cup and in the warm-up games leading up to the tournament, today’s opening match against both Pakistan and the Netherlands seems to have gone haywire.

Rohit Sharma 53(39)

The skipper initially started off a bit raspy as he struggled with timing, but as his innings went on his pull shots looked commanding as usual while his square driving looked silky smooth. The opener hit three mammoth sixes before being released by Fred Klaassen, who was caught on the cover corner trying to hit his fourth six.

Virat Kohli 62(44)

Virat Kohli took his time while Rohit flew at the other end. Hitting three limits and two massive sixes in his knock, the hitter held the innings together. He first built a 73-run partnership with Rohit, then added 95 runs with Surya Kumar Yadav. It’s his second 50 in consecutive games of the tournament after his masterclass at MCG.

Surya Kumar Yadav 51(25)

The stylish hitter completed his first World Cup 50 in record time. The stage was set for him by the likes of Rohit and Kohli and all he had to do was do what he does best, which is bowling. The hitter reached 50 before the last ball of the innings with his signature shot, flicking a full leg butt delivery on six.

Axar Patel 2-18(4)
After being smashed by Iftikhar Ahmed for 21 runs in an over at MCG, Axar had a good outing as he stopped the Netherlands from running away with the game. He cleaned up Max ODowd who looked dangerous at the start and later picked de Leede who got caught by Pandya.

Ravichandran Ashwin 2-21(4)
The off-spinner had a good outing with his accomplice Axar. Both finger spinners broke the backbone of the Dutch batting order. The veteran spinner picked off veteran Tom Cooper and in-form hitter Ackerman. The Spinners ran 39 runs in their eight overs and took four wickets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-9(3)
The 32-year-old put on a brilliant display with the ball, picking up two wickets in his three overs. He started with back-to-back girls and became only the fourth bowler in T20I cricket history to accomplish the feat. The right-arm sailor seems to be getting back into his groove in the tournament after a bad few months ahead of the Worlds.

Ass Deep Singh 2-37(4)
The left arm pacemaker had a hot and cold day. After a brilliant day against arch-rivals Pakistan, the Punjab bowler looked a bit drained today. However, in death he managed to win a few wickets but conceded the costliest over of the innings after giving away 14 runs in the 20th over.

Mohammed Shami 1-27(4)
Much like Arshdeep, Shami was having a quiet day. He selected Tom Pringle in his third over of the ban and conceded 27 in 4 overs. The right arm pacemaker seems to be in good rhythm since its comeback on the T20I side. His Yorker seems deadly.

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