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Recap of the ODI World Cup: India continues to win and fills the boots; on to the knockout stages

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India defeated Netherlands 250 (Nidamanuru 54, Engelbrecht 45) by 160 runs with 410 for 4 (Shreyas 128*, Rahul 102, Rohit 61, Kohli 51, Gill 51).

India delivered a devastating blow to the Netherlands, who closed their World Cup with a 160-run loss, as the hosts concluded their unblemished run into the knockout stages spearheaded by Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul’s masterful batting display.

After first-wicket duo Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill scored 100 runs apiece to set the stage for India’s 410 for 4, centurions Shreyas and Rahul put on a 208-run partnership. The Netherlands bowlers had no answer for an India batting lineup that swung the door off its hinges as it burst into the room and delivered an overwhelming monologue with the home crowd hanging on every word. Virat Kohli also passed fifty and put on 71 with Shreyas.

Analysis of the match: Rahul flicks the switch to display his entire range in the World Cup.

KK Rahul’s century off 62 balls was the fastest ever by an Indian in an ODI World Cup.
In the Men’s ODI World Cup, KL Rahul’s 62-ball century set a record for the fastest century by an Indian. •Associated Press
There is a unique position in World Cup history for the flicked six. Mike Hendrick is heading to Viv Richards. Bob Willis gets fired by Yashpal Sharma.

Rahul KL off It’s unlikely that Paul van Meekeren will add those two strokes to cricketing legend. It happened in a dead-rubber league match against one of the tournament’s weakest assaults rather than in a final or semi-final. Furthermore, flicked sixes are no longer catastrophic occurrences. Perhaps in 2023, flicked sixes will be just as common as any kind of sixes were in the ODIs of 1979 and 1983.

The great thing about this specific shot during this World Cup was that Rahul didn’t reveal it until the last league match of the competition.

After a dismal 2023 World Cup, the Sri Lankan team’s consultant coach Mahela Jayawardene blamed a large portion of the team’s problems on the kinds of surfaces being built for local cricket in Sri Lanka.

Just twelve hours after England’s miserable World Cup campaign came to an end with a 93-run victory over Pakistan, they announced new ODI and T20I squads for a December Caribbean tour.

Build-up to the semi-final: Labuschagne vs. Stoinis: Australia’s great chance

Marcus Stoinis, or Marnus Labuschagne. Who makes it out alive? Australia appears to have a full complement of 15 players to choose from for their semi-final matchup against South Africa at the ODI World Cup, which means the selectors will finally have to make a decision regarding the composition of the top seven.

There was always a natural vacuum whenever it seemed like a decision would need to be made during the group stage. This indicates that the major decision about who is left out has not yet been required, but that moment will come in Kolkata on Thursday if there are no more injury issues before playing South Africa.

View the entire essay written by Andrew McGlashan.

Build-up to the semifinals: “Artistic hunters” South Africa take cues from tiki-tika to succeed in the World Cup

The major goal of tiki-taka, a style of play popularized by the Spanish football team that won the 2010 World Cup—hosted in South Africa, so perhaps that’s the connection—is to hold onto the ball for as long as possible, usually with quick passes. It’s not easy to translate into cricket strategy, but director of cricket for South Africa, Enoch Nkwe, describes it as knowing how to “rebuild without having to put yourself under pressure and continue moving the game forward”.

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