|ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Team 2, Sydney|
|India 179-2 (20 overs): Kohli 62* (44), Rohit 53 (39), Suryakumar 51* (25)|
|Netherlands 123-9 (20 overs): Pringle 20 (15), Bhuvneshwar 2-9, Axar 2-18|
|India won by 56 runs|
Virat Kohli scored a brilliant unbeaten 62 as India beat Netherlands by 56 runs in the Men’s T20 World Cup.
Following on from a superb 82 not out against Pakistan, Kohli again hit perfection in Sydney as he put on 73 with Rohit Sharma and an unbroken 95 with Suryakumar Yadav.
Rohit – dropped to 13 – fell to a rather disjointed 53 from 39 deliveries after Kohli showed his full range of shots, bringing up his 35th T20 international half-century from 37 balls.
For all Kohli’s brilliance, Suryakumar gave the raucous Indian fans as much to cheer about in a superb knock and a huge six off the last ball of the innings took him to a 25-ball fifty as India posted 179-2 from 20 overs.
Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar started with a maiden and then a wicket-maiden, starting to slow down the pitch used at the Sydney Cricket Ground, thwarting the Dutch chase.
Bhuvneshwar finished with 2-9 from three overs and there were also two wickets for left-armer Arshdeep Singh and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel as the Netherlands stuttered to 123-9.
Both sides now travel to Perth for Sunday’s games. The Netherlands will look to get off the mark against Pakistan in the Super 12s, while India can go a long way to top the group if they beat South Africa.
The Kohli classic continues where it left off
After him Amazing match winning knock against Pakistan while on Sunday it was Kohli.
There may not have been any intense competition to raise the atmosphere to sufficient levels seen in Melbourne, but the Indian fans at the SCG made sure it wasn’t low-key, and were rewarded with another Kohli masterclass.
The former India skipper followed a similar game plan to the one that had been so successful at the MCG, starting slowly before reaching his best, and Rohit’s dismissal was the trigger to really get Kohli going.
The 33-year-old bowled over Tim Pringle’s head after the first four balls, and was in full swing by the time Fred Klaassen lifted a six-ball over extra cover before bringing up his fifty.
Another maximum, smashed over square leg in the last over, was the top and after seeing Suryakumar clear the ropes again to end the innings, Kohli was all smiles as he departed.
After almost two years of struggling for form, Kohli is back on track. Ominous signs for rivals India heading into the semis.