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Anticipation Peaks: India vs Netherlands ICC World Cup 2023 Warm-Up


ICC World Cup  •  3 Oct, 2023  •  3,636 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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India and the Netherlands are set to clash in a crucial warm-up match ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, providing a last-minute opportunity to fine-tune their squads and strategies. The encounter, scheduled at Thiruvananthapuram’s Greenfield International Stadium, will be pivotal for both teams to gain momentum, especially following India's rain-washed match against England and the Netherlands’ truncated game versus Australia.

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A Glimpse into Pre-Match Scenarios

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In the lead-up to the warm-up match against the Netherlands, India’s preparatory phase experienced a minor hiccup with Virat Kohli's absence from an optional practice session due to personal reasons. While Kohli's return is anticipated before the warm-up game, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami also opted out of the session, which saw active participation from the likes of Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, and the seasoned spin pair of Ashwin and Jadeja.

The Netherlands: An Impressive Bowling Display Against Australia

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In a rain-impacted match against Australia, the Netherlands bowlers managed to restrict the powerhouse team to 166-7 in a 23-over per side encounter. Despite their commendable bowling effort, the Netherlands batters failed to stand firm against the aggressive Australian pacers, collapsing to 84-6 in 14.2 overs before the game was called off.

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Unveiling the World Cup Itinerary for Both Teams

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India is slated to face Australia in the World Cup opener in Chennai on October 8, just days after their warm-up match against the Netherlands. The Dutch team will initiate their World Cup journey against Pakistan on October 6, followed by a match against New Zealand on October 9, both at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

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