India will be targeting a ninth win out of nine at the Cricket World Cup when they face the Netherlands in the final league-stage fixture of the tournament.
Rohit Sharma’s trophy favourites have been outstanding so far and they are hot favourites to outclass the Dutch at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, where the game starts at 8.30am on Sunday, 12th November.
India have picked the same team in their last four matches and coach Rahul Dravid is unlikely to make many changes despite having secured a semi-final place. Fast bowler Prasidh Krishna, who replaced injured all-rounder Hardik Pandya, may get a chance if Jasprit Bumrah is rested.
The Netherlands could name the same team who played against England last time out. Max O’Dowd and veteran Wesley Barresi are likely to open the batting as youngster Vikramjit Singh passed 25 in only one of his first six innings at the World Cup.
India are red-hot favourites at 1/33 to extend their perfect record at the World Cup with a victory over the 14/1 Netherlands in Bengaluru.
India’s last four opponents have had first-wicket stands of six, nought, 30 and nine and the Dutch are 19/10 to post the Highest Opening Partnership with India 2/5 and the Tie 33/1.
Shami, who has taken seven wickets in three ODI appearances in Bengaluru, is 9/4 to be the India Top Wicket Taker after claiming 16 scalps in just four games at this tournament.
Rohit Sharma India Top Run Scorer @ 12/5
India captain Rohit Sharma started his World Cup campaign with a duck against Australia, but not much has gone wrong for the opener since then.
He has led the tournament hosts to eight straight victories, scoring a brilliant 131 in their second game against Afghanistan and making crucial scores of 86 and 87 in the wins over Pakistan and England.
Rohit has reached 40 in six of his last seven innings and he should be confident of a strong finish to the league stage against the Netherlands in Bangalore.
The home skipper has a superb ODI record at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which is usually a tremendous place to bat.
His three scores opening the batting at the venue in 50-over internationals, all against Australia, were 209, 65 and 119 and he looks a good bet to be India’s top runscorer on Sunday.
Teja Nidamanuru Netherlands Top Run Scorer @ 13/2
The Netherlands have exceeded expectations at this World Cup, upsetting an in-form South Africa in Dharamsala and beating Bangladesh by 87 runs in Kolkata.
They were skittled for 90 by Australia, however, and will be wary of India’s bowling attack, who have been sensational at this tournament.
Fast bowlers Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami routed Sri Lanka for just 55 in Mumbai, before the Proteas collapsed to 83 all out against the spin of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.
If the Dutch lose early wickets, as seems likely, then middle-order man Teja Nidamanuru could come to the party.
Nidamanuru made 14 – the second-highest score of the innings – in the defeat to Australia and finished unbeaten on 41 against England, pipping captain Scott Edwards (38) to top-runscorer honours.
He showed his hitting ability with three sixes and two fours against England and has also scored ODI centuries against Zimbabwe and the West Indies this year.
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