After making a historical win in their opener against Pakistan, India now gets to play one of the tier 2 teams in Group 2, the Netherlands. The orange army has played its heart out to reach this level and will try to use this opportunity to create an impact.
Ground: MCG, Melbourne
Time: 12.30 IST / 07:00 AM GMT / 06:00 PM LOCAL
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Swinging conditions that favour the seamers. Will have equal assistance for the batters as the innings progress.
Probable Playing XIs
Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin, A Singh, M Shami
Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (C, WK), Bas de Leede, Tim Pringle, Brandon Glover, Logan van Beek, Paul van Mekeeran, Shariz Ahmad
Captain: H Pandya
H Pandya’s short ball bowling may help him to yield more wickets than Netherlands batters. And at the same time, Hardik will find the Netherlands bowlers a little easy at the death overs. So he is picked for both batting and bowling.
Vice-captain: V Kohli
Kohli touched his old version in the last game. And his old version is known for extreme consistency. Let’s not gamble by avoiding him in our team.
Wicket Keeper: S Edwards
Against a bowling line-up like India, S Edwards’ batting slot will be crucial. He will get a huge chance to bat for a long time.
Batters: KL Rahul, V Kohli, S Yadav
KL and SKY are in terrific touch but failed to perform in the last game. Surely they will put up a grand show with the willow.
All-rounders: H Pandya, B Leede
B Leede’s role in the Netherlands is huge. He will yield valuable points if he does 50 per cent of it.
Bowlers: M Shami, B Kumar, A Singh, F Klaasen, P Meekeran
The fast bowlers of both teams will have an equal amount of chance to propel in the conditions best suited for fast bowling. All five bowlers here are new ball bowlers who will make the most out of it. If not, their death overs will grab wickets.
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