centuries from Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul powered India to a 160-run Cricket World Cup 2023 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday as they completed the group stage with a perfect nine wins in nine matches. Iyer (128 not out) and Rahul (102) put on 208 runs to guide India to 410-4. India then employed nine bowlers, including part-timers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, to dismiss the Dutch for 250 in the final league match of the tournament in Bengaluru. The hosts face New Zealand in the first semi-final in Mumbai on Wednesday, followed by the penultimate-four clash between Australia and South Africa the following day in Kolkata. Iyer smashed his maiden World Cup ton in a match where all the top five Indian batsmen went past their fifties on a batting-friendly pitch.
He reached his hundred – his fourth in ODI cricket – off 84 balls. He ended up with 10 fours and five sixes.
Bengaluru-born Rahul raced to his ton with two sixes for the fastest Indian hundred in World Cups off 62 balls.
He departed four balls later as India fell short of their highest ever World Cup total of 413-5 against Bermuda in 2007.
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Kohli reached his half-century but fell for 51, silencing the crowd who had anticipated the star batsman’s 50th ODI ton after he equalized Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of 49 in the team’s previous win over South Africa.
Skipper Rohit, who hit 61, and Shubman Gill laid the foundation for the total in an opening stand of 100, with the pair hitting regular boundaries.
Bas overtook his father Tim de Leede, who took 14 wickets for the Dutch in the World Cup, and claimed one more to finish as the highest World Cup wicket-taker for his nation with 16 scalps.
The in-form Kohli reached the 71st ODI fifty of his career only to be bowled four balls later by Roelof van der Merwe‘s left arm spin.
Kohli surpassed South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (591) as the leading batsman in the 2023 tournament with 594 runs.
Iyer continued his blazing form to register his fourth consecutive 50-plus score in the tournament and received support from the other end where Rahul joined.
In reply, the Dutch were never in the hunt and kept losing regular wickets, including Kohli, who struck with his gentle medium pace to claim a first ODI wicket in nine years.
With the Dutch crawling in their reply, Rohit tossed the ball to Kohli, who sent back the opposition captain Scott Edwardscaught behind in his second over by a ball that drifts down the leg side.
It was only Kohli’s fifth career ODI wicket from his gentle medium-pacer and first since 2014.
Rohit last picked an ODI wicket in 2012 and this was only his 10th career wicket.
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