World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli matches Sachin Tendulkar's record with 50 against Netherlands; 'extremely happy', says Rohit Sharma
PTC Web Desk: Star cricketer Virat Kohli fell short of scoring his 50th ODI century, but matched Sachin Tendulkar's record with another half-century during the Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Netherlands in Bengaluru on Sunday evening.
Virat Kohli secured his seventh half-century in this year's Cricket World Cup 2023, equalling the records of Sachin Tendulkar (2003) and Shakib Al Hasan (2019) for the most half-centuries in a single edition of the tournament. Although Kohli couldn't reach a century, he contributed 51 runs off 55 deliveries, including 5 fours and one six.
India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss, choosing to bat first against the Netherlands in Bengaluru. With eight consecutive victories, India tops the table and remains unchanged for the last league match. India has already secured a spot in the semi-finals and will face New Zealand at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
Reflecting on the team's performance, Rohit Sharma expressed satisfaction, stating, "Extremely happy with how we have played this tournament; it makes the job easier as a skipper."
Meanwhile, Netherlands, despite their early success against South Africa, sits at the bottom of the table with just two victories. Captain Scott Edwards mentioned that the team would remain unchanged from their previous loss to England and looked forward to playing in front of what he believes is "the biggest crowd we've had in the tournament." In the upcoming semi-finals, five-time winners Australia and South Africa are set to face off in Kolkata on Thursday.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wkt), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Netherlands: Max O'Dowd, Wesley Barresi, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards (capt/wkt), Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
- With inputs from agencies