Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Confident India to take on The Netherlands in T20 Men's World Cup 2022 at SCG

India Vs Netherlands, SCG - ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022; Match Preview

India, after the high beating arch rivals Pakistan on Sunday at MCG now face Netherlands, in their second of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.

There are showers predicted in Sydney but like what happened in Melbourne, fans would be hoping that we might get a full game.

India are on a high and with semi final place all but secured due to the rained off match between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the pressure will have eased a huge lot. Netherlands, on the other hand, have nothing to lose and they will be looking to give a good account of themselves against one of the cricketing powerhouses of the world.

Rahul and Rohit looked extremely tentative against Pakistan and both of them failed to get into double figures and will be looking to make amends against a friendly Netherlands attack. Kohli is back after playing a knock for the ages on Sunday against Pakistan having made an unbeaten 82 in only 53 balls to steer India to a famous victory. SKY played some good shots but couldn't get going and will be looking to spend more time in the middle.

Netherlands rely on Max O'Dowd to give them a good start with Ackermann and the talented Bas de Leede to follow. They've all scored important runs in this World cup so far. Tom Cooper has been a big disappointment so far though and Netherlands will be hoping that he can find some of his touch.

The stronger suit of Netherlands is definitely their bowling attack which seems to be firing nicely. Klassen and van Meekeren have been impressive while Pringle has shored up the spin department. Shariz, the 19 old leg break bowler, made his debut last game against Bangladesh and took the wicket of Shakib. Him and Pringle would be the key on a slow SCG track.

Bhuvi and Arshadeep started on fire against Pakistan and they should again fancy their chances against Netherlands. Shami, just getting back into his groove, bowled well. India might opt for 2 spinners at SCG given the history of the ground but it looks difficult that they'll want to change the winning combination. Axar Patel might be given more overs instead.

Key Battles: India vs Netherlands

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma Vs Paul van Meekeren

Virat Kohli Vs Tim Pringle

Max O'Dowd and Bas de Leede Vs Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami

With the pressure having lifted off the shoulders of Indian batters, we might see them unfurl the full range at a good SCG track. Netherlands will have to keep tight lines and try to stay in the game for as long as possible. 

Probable India XI

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami

Probable Netherlands XI

Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards, Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmad, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren

Top 5 Fantasy Picks for India v Netherlands at SCG, Sydney

KL Rahul

Virat Kohli

Suryakumar Yadav

Arshadeep Singh

Bas de Leede

The match will start at 12.30 PM IST (streamed live on Disney Hotstar app & on TV on Star Sports 1)

Which way do you see this match going? Who will emerge victorious?

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