Harbhajan said the performance showed the gap between India and other teams.© Instagram
India played a near-perfect match against the Netherlands on Thursday in the T20 World Cup, when the side led by Rohit Sharma won by 56 runs. While the Netherlands initially looked as if the ball was going to get into a fight, it fell through the middle of the Indian innings when three Indian batters – Rohit, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav – hit half a century. The Netherlands could only beat 123/9 in 20 overs. After the win, Harbhajan Singh, a member of India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winning team, said the performance showed the gap between India and other teams.
“Today was a great day. The batting was brilliant. The game went as expected. Well done to every member of the team. I expected the game to go this way. Virat got runs, Surya got runs, when runs being on the board it is important to hold up a mirror to such teams that India is way ahead,” Harbhajan Singh said of Aaj Tak.
“That’s what happened. The bowling went as expected,” he added.
In the match, Suryakumar Yadav teased an inexperienced attack as the Indian team never once took their foot off the pedal to beat the Netherlands for the second time. A goal of 180, riding half a century from skipper Rohit Sharma (53 from 39 balls), Virat Kohli (62 not from 44 balls) and Surya (51 not from 25 balls), was good enough for the Dutch who never made it to the game after India’s power playovers ended.
The ‘Orange Brigade’ puffed and puffed its way to 123 for nine in 20 overs as the relative slowness of the track after the match between Bangladesh and South Africa affected its approach.
The Netherlands were the fourth team to hit the track, and while there was no significant wear and tear, it slowed enough for Axar Patel (2/18) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/21) to tighten the noose on the track. batters of the opposition.
On expected lines, Mohammed Shami (2/9), Arshdeep Singh (2/37) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/27) had an easy day at the office.
(with PTI inputs)
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