Netherlands is expected to maintain the same XI as the previous game unless opting for a change in the under-performing opener.
For an associate nation, the opportunity to face India doesn’t come often. Although there was an 11-year gap since their previous encounter at the SCG, they find themselves playing against Rohit Sharma’s team again within 12 months—a peculiar sign of progress. With a Champions Trophy berth at stake, the Dutch aim to prove they’re not just a checkbox for India. Tomorrow marks an opportunity for them to make a resounding statement in one of the loudest settings in international cricket.
When: India vs Netherlands, November 12, 14:00 IST
Where: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Expect a pleasant day in Bengaluru with no rain in the forecast. The temperature has slightly dipped with winter approaching. The Chinnaswamy Stadium, known for its ‘bat second’ character, has seen chasing teams win three out of four games. The pitch used for this game is to the left of the one used by New Zealand, sporting a hint of grass as a binding element.
After enjoying a six-day break against South Africa, India is likely to field a full-strength team, as hinted by head coach Rahul Dravid. Max O’Dowd, despite a lean run, faces the formidable new-ball attack.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj.
Netherlands is expected to maintain the same XI as the previous game unless opting for a change in the under-performing opener. Scott Edwards, a proficient player of spin, will be crucial against Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav on a ground with the highest spin economy rate among the venues in this competition.
Probable XI: Wesley Barresi, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards (c&wk), Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merve, Aryan Dutt, and Paul van Meekeren.
A win against Netherlands would equal India’s longest winning streak (9) in the ODI format.
Virat Kohli averages only 25.33 from six ODIs played in Bengaluru.
Netherlands has hit just 24 sixes in the tournament—only two more than Rohit’s tally so far.
“You’re at a pointy end of a tournament now. So now at this stage, it’s about just focusing on getting the guys who you think are going to be playing in the 11 in the best possible space mentally and physically to be able to play that semifinal and hopefully the final if we earn it. So that will be the single point of thinking…” – Rahul Dravid hints at maintaining focus with no personnel changes in the World Cup’s final week.