India vs Netherlands Match Report
India eke out win against Netherlands at Delhi in World Cup 2011
Wins it for the team
India continued to retain their top spot in the Group B by beating Netherlands in the World Cup 2011 encounter played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. India won by five wickets with plenty of overs to spare and ensured that they had qualified for the quarter-finals but the Dutch did not disgrace themselves with the performance that they gave out.
Netherlands won the toss again and decided to bat first. This followed two successive games in which they had bowled first and lost by big margins. On a slowish looking track, the opening pair of Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi got off to a 56-run partnership in 15 overs. This should have laid the foundation for going after the bowling and getting the runs – instead, the Indian spinners ensured that they throttled the Dutch batting.
Chawla got Szwarczynski out bowled off a googly, while eight runs later Yuvraj Singh had Barresi lbw. Tom Cooper was involved with Ryan tenDoeschate in a 35-run stand and at 99/2 in the 29th over, it looked like the Dutch were looking to get around 225.
However, ten Doeschate’s dismissal off the bowling of Yuvraj signalled the start of a collapse in which they lost four wickets for nine runs. Netherlands were 108 for six.
In the end, some lusty hitting from Peter Borren (38 off 36) ensured that the side wasn’t going down in a hurry as they managed to get to 189 all out.
In reply, the Indians started off in a manner that would have indicated that they wanted to get it done in a hurry. This meant that the pair of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar had added 69 for the first wicket in a matter of just 7.3 overs.
However, it was at this stage that over-confidence began to over-take the Indian batsmen. This was seen in the manner in which the batsmen got out – there was Sehwag who hit ten off the first two balls from Pieter Seelar before cutting the ball straight to the cover fielder. In his next over, Seelar had Tendulkar hitting the ball straight to the deep fielder while Pathan, promoted up the order gave an easy catch back to the bowler.
Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli brought the side back on track with a 17-run stand before Kohli was bowled and when Gambhir missed a straight one from Bukhari, India were 139/5 and in trouble.
Fortunately for the Indians, the cool heads of Yuvraj and MS Dhoni got the side home with plenty to spare in the end. Yuvraj scored his 50 and was named the man of the match.