27th October will be the first occasion of India and Netherlands challenging in a T20 international. Netherlands are the only Associates in the Super 12s and India will be the first to point out the danger that Scott Edwards’ team poses. They have endeavored to earn their place and their players want to enjoy playing alongside the big teams like India, Pakistan and South Africa who are in the same group.
In 2022 Netherlands have played ODI series against England, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies and Afghanistan alongside the 2 T20Is against New Zealand as well as the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe prior to showing up in Australia.
Dutch played their first Super 12 match against Bangladesh on Monday and nearly beat them, if not for a couple of unnecessary run-outs, the reason behind the eventual nine-run defeat. But India on the other hand, are on a whole other level and on an almighty high after a dramatic win against Pakistan. Netherlands’ batting has been a virtual one-man show named Max O’Dowd while their bowlers have executed the plans every match.
Indian bowling coach Paras Mhambrey pointed out on Wednesday that they prefer the balance R Ashwin brings to their batting and may continue playing with him. But with just one left-hander in the Netherlands’ top eight, India could be tempted to bring in Yuzvendra Chahal.
Netherlands, too, are unlikely to have any changes in the team but remain concerned by the injury to Roelof van der Merwe. Edwards said they will decide based on how the left-arm spinner holds up after the training on Wednesday.
New Zealand scored 200 in the opening match of the tournament on Saturday. So it is expected that runs will flow once again. There was some threat of rain, but it looks pretty clear on match eve.