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Match Preview: India vs Netherlands, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 45th Match

ICC World Cup  •  12 Nov, 2023  •  41,178 Views  •  ⭐ 4.2

Written by Anand Swami

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Get ready for a cricketing spectacle! India, unbeaten and unstoppable in the ICC World Cup 2023, takes on the spirited Netherlands in a Diwali special showdown. With an impressive 8-0 record, India, led by the charismatic Virat Kohli nearing his 50th ODI century, is set to dazzle. The Netherlands, the tournament's dark horses, are ready to defy the odds. Will Rahul Dravid's strategic tweaks add to the drama? Let's watch!


Venue Insights

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The pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is known for being conducive to high-scoring innings, favouring batsmen significantly. Though fast bowlers and spinners might find some assistance, the short boundary distances pose a substantial challenge for the bowling side. Consequently, high-scoring encounters are common at this venue. Captains who win the toss are likely to opt for fielding first, considering the pitch's flat character and the advantage gained from knowing the target score, making chasing a preferred strategic choice in these conditions.

Form Guide: India

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India's performance in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup has been nothing short of extraordinary, with an unbeaten streak of 8-0. Their recent form is encapsulated by a string of WWWWW in their last five completed One Day Internationals (ODIs). This dominant run has been a blend of consistent batting, aggressive bowling, and strategic field placements.



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The team, under the guidance of head coach Rahul Dravid, has shown a reluctance to make tactical changes, though there could be some rotational adjustments. Notable among the potential inclusions are Prasidh Krishna, playing his first World Cup, and R Ashwin, who hasn't featured since the opening game against Australia.

Virat Kohli, the team's lynchpin, is on the verge of a historic milestone, chasing his 50th ODI century. His form will be crucial in India's quest not just for another win but also for setting new records. The team's focus, however, remains on securing victories rather than solely chasing individual milestones.

As India approaches its final league game against the Netherlands, the blend of experience and youth in the squad, coupled with their current form, makes them favourites. With a semi-final against New Zealand lined up next, this match might also serve as an opportunity to rest key players, if needed.

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