The formidable Indian batting setup is expected to intimidate the ‘Orange’ attack, which is passable but not exactly threatening.
For India, the primary goal will be to guard against complacency, as there is always a chance of getting upset after winning an emotionally exhausting, high-intensity game.
The game will be an opportunity for three of the top four hitters — skipper Rohit Sharma, inconsistent KL Rahul and dangerous Suryakumar Yadav — to get some points under their belt for the next big game against South Africa, the result of which will determine the group standings.
The Dutch attack consists of Fred Klaassen, Bad de Leede, Tim Pringle and former Proteas left arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe, the only player in the rival lineup to have played in IPL in the past.
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The Dutch bowling attack seemed decent in the competition phase and also in the Super 12 match against Bangladesh in Hobart, which is colder and windier and offers pitches that help bowlers.
Thursday will be a different ball game though, as they will face a high quality batting setup on an SCG course that will help make shots.
New Zealand had scored 200 against Australia at the SCG in its first game and the Indian batters would also like to make a first attempt.
A favorable result in the spin of the coin gives captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravide a chance to bat first, make a total and defend, although it will be a different challenge against better sides.
But batting first will give someone like KL Rahul plenty of time to get his rhythm back and be ready for the Proteas test.
Bowling coach Paras mahmbrey Wednesday confirmed that the Indian team will play against the Netherlands against the same eleven as they will face Pakistan on Sunday.
“We don’t let anyone rest. When you have momentum in the tournament, you want individuals to be in shape too, so every game becomes important,” Mhambrey said on the eve of the game.
The coach also insisted that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is fit and wants to play all matches himself. Pandya suffered from cramps while beating Pakistan towards the end of India’s chase.
“He is fine, fit to play. We are not considering letting him rest. He wants to play all the matches himself. He is an important player, who adds balance. Yes, Virat finished the match, but we had an experienced We needed a player who knew what could happen if we take the game deep,” said Mhambrey.
In a tournament like the World Cup, no team likes to tinker with the playing eleven and the Indian team management also follows the same theory.
While Virat Kohli’s epic knock and Pandya’s magnanimous performance made India win the competition, there may be some debate as to whether this is still India’s best T20 XI.
Not being able to accommodate an enforcer like Rishabh Pant in the playing eleven to make a place for Rahul is a bit disappointing from every cricketing aspect.
Yuzvendra ChahalIndia’s most versatile white ball spinner wasn’t played against Pakistan, but he looked sharp in practice as he beat all the top hitters in India’s final session.
In the case of pace bowlers, there will be no change in composition unless there is a last minute problem for someone.
The Netherlands is a decent side and some of their players got central contracts after they started playing the ICC World ODI league.
There is Tom Cooperformer Australian U-19 and Australia A cricketer, who also played BBL for Brisbane Heats and county cricket for Somerset.
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There is a young opener of Indian descent Vikramjit Singh, who is considered auspicious in their cricketing circles.
Tim Pringle is also part of the squad. Tim’s father Chris, a slow left-arm spinner and a lower order batter, had played many games for New Zealand in the mid-1990s as a seam bowler.
Indian fans would remember Pringle as one of the bowlers, who was hammered by Sachin Tendulkar when the two teams clashed.
Bas de Leede, whose father Tim represented the Netherlands in the 1996 ODI World Cup, is also part of the squad.
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The Netherlands: Scott Edwards (Captain and World Cup), Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, Bas de Leede, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Stephan Myburgh, Vikramjit Singh, Teja Nidimanuru, Max o Dowd, Tim Pringle, Roelof van der Merwe, Timm van der GugtenLogan van Beek, Paul van Meekeren, Shariz Ahmed