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Shreyas Iyer’s Masterclass Leads India to a Commanding Win Against Netherlands

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By winning all 9 matches, India has proved her dominance in the world of One-day cricket. By defeating the Dutch with a huge margin on Sunday, the main Diwali day, the Rohit Sharma-led team has proved its all-round leadership in ODI (One Day International) cricket. By beating the Dutch by 160 runs, India became the second country to win 9 consecutive matches. The only other team to win 11 consecutive matches is Australia, which achieved this feat twice.

Shreyas Iyer, who remained not out with 128 runs, received the Player of the Match award, instituted by the ICC (International Cricket Council). Thus, India dished out another clinical show and defeated the Netherlands by 160 runs. Tons by Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul powered India to 410/4 batting first. The Netherlands, in response, could only manage 250 in 47.5 overs.

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The proceedings kicked off with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill giving India a strong start. The pair added 100 runs together before Gill fell for 51 (32) in the 12th over. Rohit scored 61(54) before getting out to Bas de Leede. Virat Kohli, who was in red-hot form, also chipped in with 51, following which Rahul and Iyer took charge. Rahul, in particular, showed more aggression between the two and was dismissed in the penultimate ball of the innings. He scored 102 off 64 balls, while Iyer returned unbeaten for 128 (94).

Mohammed Siraj then gave India an early breakthrough, but Colin Ackermann and Max O’Dowd helped the Dutch recover from the early blow. They added a 50-plus stand for the second wicket and took the Netherlands to 62/1 at the end of the first powerplay. Kuldeep Yadav then removed Ackermann for 35 (32), and shortly after, Ravindra Jadeja got rid of O’Dowd for 30 (32). Virat Kohli removed Scott Edwards to get his first ODI wicket in 9 years. India continued to make inroads at regular intervals before wrapping up the show in 47.5 overs.

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