Watch – Roelof van der Merwe bulwarks Virat Kohli immediately after his half-century

Virat Kohli scored 51 runs off 56 balls, including 5 fours and a six.

Team India takes on Netherlands at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in the final league match of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. Captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first in the match. India got off to a great start, with all their top-order batsmen scoring fifties. Captain Rohit Sharma (61), Shubman Gill (51) and Virat Kohli (51) led India to a huge total in Bengaluru on the occasion of Diwali.

Virat Kohli had a cautious start against the Dutch bowlers, but he soon began to accelerate after crossing the 20 mark. Virat Kohli was looking in great form and was ready for another World Cup century. But his former Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate, Roelof van der Merwe, has cut short his stay at the crease. Virat Kohli hit five balls and a beautiful six over mid-wicket in his 56-ball innings in the match.

Roelof Van der Merwe has shaken Virat Kohli’s hopes of getting 50 tons

Soon after completing his half-century, Virat Kohli was looking to bowl aggressively against the bowlers. Roelof van der Merwe delivered one from outside off which became flatter after the throw. Virat Kohli looked like he was going to hit a powerful shot across the backward point but he misjudged the pace of the ball. The ball hit the top of the off stump, dislodging the bails. Merwe rocked Kohli’s dream of completing a record 50th ODI century.

Shreyas Iyer also completed his half-century, taking all top-order batsmen to reach more than fifty in a single ODI innings. Shubman Gill and skipper Rohit Sharma started with a bang and added 100 runs for the first wicket. Gill and Rohit scored 91 runs in the first Powerplay, as they faced off against the Dutch bowling attack. Shubman Gill was dismissed for 51 runs in 32 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes, while Rohit Sharma was dismissed after scoring 61 runs in his innings.

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Team India looks set for a big total as they scored 274 runs in 39 overs, losing just 3 wickets. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul are still on their toes and will look to build a great partnership to take India to a huge total against Netherlands. Virat Kohli will get more chances to complete his record feat as India take on New Zealand in the 2023 World Cup semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium.

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(Marks for translation) Virat Kohli (R) IND vs NED

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