A target of 180, riding on half-centuries from captain Rohit Sharma (53 off 39 balls), Virat Kohli (62 not out from 44 balls) and Surya (51 not out from 25 balls), was good enough for the Dutch, who had never been in the competition once India’s power play innings ended.
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The ‘Orange Brigade’ blitzed and puffed to 123 for nine in 20 overs as the relative slowness of the pitch after the Bangladesh-South Africa match affected its approach.
Netherlands were the fourth team to bat on the track, and while there was no significant wear and tear, it slowed down enough for Axar Patel (2/18) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/21) to tighten the noose. opposition batsmen.
On expected lines, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/9), Arshdeep Singh (2/37) and Mohammed Shami (1/27) had an easy day at the office.
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Most of the Dutch batsmen are not used to playing an attack of this quality consistently.
Indian-origin Vikramjit Singh (1), whose roots are in Punjab’s Cheema Khurd, did not look like he belonged at this level until Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended his toilsome stay with a perfect ball.
Once Ashwin and Axar were pushed into the attack, there was no chance of the Dutchman making a game of it.
Axar didn’t even bowl a single delivery but the quick and tight wicket-to-wicket lines were good enough.
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When India batted, Suryakumar again provided the final with a stunning knock, overshadowing senior forwards Kohli and Sharma.
All but one of the Indian batsmen fired in unison as captain Rohit became the pacesetter, while the team’s no.
Kohli conjured up two vital partnerships — 73 for the second wicket with Rohit and 95 for the unbroken third wicket with Surya — as KL Rahul’s (9 off 12 balls) second successive failure stuck out like a sore thumb.
But Rahul could consider himself a touch unlucky as right-arm seamer Paul van Meekeren’s delivery angled into his pads and appeared to miss leg stump, but he was advised against taking the review by the captain.
To be fair, the Dutch bowlers did a reasonable job during the showdown, as India scraped to 32 for one.
India were 67 for one at the halfway point, but after Surya came in, the Dutch bowling unit looked intimidated, and once Kohli started applying pressure there was no escape.
The back 10 produced as many as 112 runs, courtesy of Surya, who again hit some stunning shots, including a sublime extra cover shot and a round scoop over deep fine leg.
With as many as seven boundaries and a six off the last ball in his kitty, Surya showed why he is India’s most important batsman in the format.
After opting to bat, Rohit initially struggled with his timing and left-arm seamer Fred Klaassen was unfortunate that Tim Pringle took an easy catch when the Indian captain missed a pull.
But once he connected a hook shot and then drove through the cover point region, he found a rhythm going his way as the fifty came off 35 balls. His innings had four boundaries and three sixes.
As Rohit attacked, Kohli was happy to let him take the lead but stayed alert as he took the single and converted the one into two.
After Rohit was dismissed, Kohli showed some aggression as his running between the wickets put pressure on the Dutch attack.
Kohli’s fifty came off 37 balls, with three fours and two sixes. But he ran the opposition to pieces before allowing Surya to pounce on them for a glorious run-fest.