KL Rahul produced a cracker of an innings which was the quickest hundred by an Indian in World Cup whereas Shreyas Iyer additionally lit up the Bengaluru sky along with his unbeaten 128 that powered India to a mammoth 410 for 4 in opposition to Netherlands on the Diwali day, right here Sunday.
Rahul’s blitzkrieg and Iyer’s trendy 94-ball knock mixed properly with fifties by Shubman Gill (51), Rohit Sharma (61) and Virat Kohli (51), leaving the Dutch to make a steepling chase after India batted by selection.
Collecting 122 runs within the final 10 overs, India additionally grew to become the third staff to submit 400 on this match after South Africa and New Zealand.
By the time Iyer, who made his fourth One-day ton and the primary within the showpiece, arrived on the crease India have been well-positioned to make a cost after Gill and Rohit plundered 100 runs off 71 balls for the opening wicket.
The 28-year-old right-hander performed his half to perfection, exploiting that cushion within the firm of Rahul, milking 208 runs for a devastating fourth-wicket stand.
Iyer was the sort of ODI innings that one can truly embody in teaching archives as a mannequin for budding cricketers.
The greatest spotlight of Iyer’s batting is his skill to keep away from dangers – the attention of bowlers and areas to focus on to maintain the run-flow regular.
Usually a effective participant of spin, Iyer does have a weak spot in opposition to the left-armers, evidenced by a decreased strike-rate of 90 in opposition to that sort as in comparison with different exponents of sluggish bowling.
In line with that, he performed out Roelof van der Merwe for singles and twos whereas focusing on offie Aryan Dutt and pacers Paul van Meekeren and Logan van Beek.
Van Meekeren felt the warmth particularly as Iyer lofted him for 2 80m sixes over long-on and canopy because the Dutch pacer gave an excessive amount of width to free his palms.
They weren’t manufactured photographs however the balls have been begging to be hit, and Iyer simply obliged.
Soon, he notched up his hundred with a single to mid-off off pacer Bas de Leede, and it took him simply 84 balls.
Rahul performed the right foil function to a nicety within the early a part of his innings, rotating the strike effortlessly and that signature swat-flick six off Van Meekeren over mid-wicket drew wows from the gang.
Rahul additionally quickly carved his personal area in that alliance with swish but damaging photographs to run the Dutch aspect ragged, citing his seventh ODI hundred.
It got here in brilliant fashion as properly, two successive sixes of pacer De Leede over the mid-wicket area, and all he took was simply 62 balls. It was additionally the quickest hundred by an Indian batter within the ODI World Cup.
The journey of Iyer and Rahul was made simpler by the early onslaught of Rohit and Gill and the pragmatism of Kohli.
Gill did the early operating for India on a Chinnaswamy pitch that supplied a touch of bounce, unbundling his virtually nil-follow by pulls and different vary of photographs predominantly on the leg-side.
The 24-year-old started the carnage slamming a six every off pacer Van Beek and Dutt, with the second most hitting the roof of the venue over mid-wicket.
As Gill was tremendous clean on the different finish, Rohit took a couple of minutes to calm down, notably in opposition to Van Beek who gave the Indian skipper a few robust moments with bouncy nip-backers.
However, quickly Rohit slipped into overdrive to punish the Netherlands bowlers.
But the ambition to speed up led to the downfall of each Rohit and Gill, giving catches to the deep. But Kohli and Shreyas added 71 runs off 66 balls to maintain India chugging.
Just as Kohli appeared primed for that much-anticipated 50-ODI hundred landmark, Van der Merwe castled him with a skidder that rushed underneath his downcoming bat.
Rohit Sharma (c) c Barresi b de Leede 61 Shubman Gill c Nidamanuru b van Meekeren 51 Virat Kohli b van der Merwe 51 Shreyas Iyer not out 128 KL Rahul c Engelbrecht b de Leede 102 Suryakumar Yadav not out 2
Extras: (lb 1, nb 1, w 13) 15
Total: (For 4 wickets in 50 overs) 410 Fall of wickets: 100-1, 129-2, 200-3, 408-4.
Aryan Dutt 7-0-52-0, Logan van Beek 10-0-107-0, Colin Ackermann 3-0-25-0, Paul van Meekeren 10-0-90-1, Roelof van der Merwe 10-0-53-1, Bas de Leede 10-0-82-2.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
Netherlands: Wesley Barresi, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards (w/c), Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekere.