India stutter past Dutch

Yuvraj rides to the rescue after minnows threaten Delhi shock

By Graeme Mair   Last updated: 9th March 2011  

Pieter Seelaar Netherlands v India World Cup Group B Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi Mar 2011

Collapse: Seelaar claimed three quick wickets

Virender Sehwag India Netherlands

Burned bright: Sehwag crashed two early sixes

Zaheer Khan India Netherlands

Mopped up: Zaheer ran through the lower order

Peter Borren Netherlands India

Borren: smashed quick 38

Yuvraj Singh India v Netherlands World Cup Group B Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi Mar 2011

Finisher: Yuvraj saw India across the line with 51 not out

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India were made to work hard for a five-wicket victory over the Netherlands at Feroz Shah Kotla, a result that puts the co-hosts two points clear at the top of Group B.

Having seen their spinners put the brake on a promising start and strangle the life out of the Netherlands' innings, India were left to chase a modest target of 190 under floodlights.

But, after racing to 69-0 inside eight overs, left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar (3-53) removed Virender Sehwag (39), Sachin Tendulkar (27) and Yusuf Pathan (11) in the space of nine balls.

A shock even briefly looked possible when Dutch skipper Peter Borren bowled Virat Kohli (12) to leave India on 99-4 in the 15th over.

Yuvraj Singh joined local boy Gautam Gambhir to add 40 for the fifth wicket before Mudassar Bukhari bowled Gambhir (28) behind his legs to put India back in peril at 139-5.

It needed a mature approach from Yuvraj and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the sixth-wicket pair adding an unbroken 52 to see their side home from the third ball of the 37th over.

Yuvraj sealed the win with his seventh boundary, in the process completing his 48th ODI half-century to finish on 51 not out, while skipper Dhoni played a supporting hand with an unbeaten 19.

Googly

Netherlands openers Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi had earlier put a flat pitch in perspective during an opening alliance of 56 in 15.2 overs after Borren called correctly at the toss.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (2-47) finally made the breakthrough by surprising Szwarczynski with a googly and Barresi soon followed, lbw to Yuvraj's left-arm spin (2-43).

Third-wicket pair Tom Cooper (29) and Ryan ten Doeschate (11) also wasted promising starts and, from 99-2, the associate nation crashed to 151-8, including two run outs.

Borren hammered two sixes in 38 from 36 balls to at least give his side something to bowl at, before Zaheer Khan cleaned up the tail to finish with 3-20.

A rout was on the cards as Sehwag and Tendulkar matched each other stroke for stroke at the start of India's reply but spinner Seelaar had other ideas.

The 23-year-old had Sehwag held at backward point, Tendulkar caught at long-off and pouched a tame return chance from Yusuf as India's aggressive approach became reckless.

Yuvraj spared their blushes to collect his second man-of-the-match award in a row - and India are now on the brink of the quarter-finals with two group games still to play.

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Sky Cricketer says...

Pathetic display by India . A team of spoilt-brats lethargic and arrogant body language makes TV viewing nauseating. Piyush Chawla should pack up and bid good-bye from the tournament and join the spectators. Its time Ashwin is given a chance against West Indies. Yusuf pathan should come down to earth and have a shock treatment to remind him that he is human. Overall scraping and surviving. India has not shown a world-class performance in any of the games thus far. Its time they started focussing on the game.

Posted 19:38 9th March 2011

Neil Tandon says...

Was sky watching the match. India achieved target within 37 overs, so how did they " STUTTER " past the Dutch. India smashed the dutch all over the park. Then Virender and Sachin threw their wickets away probably racing each other to 50 or 100. Pathan soft dismal and the Gambhir was unlucky on the legs. Please don't patronise the Indians. They were comfortable winners. Yes losing the wickets did not help but still under control. p.s they threw their wickets waya against England too. The reports said great bowling by Bresian - come on !! watch the game properly.

Posted 18:50 9th March 2011

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