It is going to be a cake walk for team India to make their entry in the quarter finals when they contest minnows Netherlands today at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi.
India won the Bengaluru ODI by defeating Ireland by five wickets and earned two precious points making their quarter finals voyage smooth.
The Dutch will have the unique experience of playing the second-best one-day team in the world in front of a full house. So far, team India have played three games with five points in their bag.
If we talk about head to head record between India and Netherlands, India leads 1-0 in the World Cup. In the only match played between the teams, India won by 68 runs at Paarl in 2003.
Indian bowling is considered as weak link for the team, but contrary to expectation, the fast bowlers—Zaheer Khan with eight wickets and Munaf Patel with seven—are in the Top 10 wicket takers so far.
Part-time spinner Yuvraj Singh may have grabbed five wickets against Ireland on Sunday, but the specialist spinners have failed to make an impact despite pitches assisting spin.
Piyush Chawla, who failed to show his performance against England was one of the disappointing prospects for Team India and is likely to be replaced by young R Ashwin.
‘Turbunator’ Harbhajan Singh is 46th in the list of all World Cup bowlers in terms of wickets and has the best economy rate (4.41), therefore some magic can be expected from him.
Delhi statistics: This would be the first time when India will play Netherlands at this venue. So there would be more buzz in the crowd. All eyes will be on devastating Viru and passionate Gauti.
PITCH REPORT: Delhi pitch is considered to be bowling friendly, therefore toss will be deciding factor. If Dhoni wins the toss then he should opt for fielding. The team can take the help of experienced Bhajji and young turner R Ashwin, who will get good turn on the pitch and can trouble the batsmen.
Dhoni should also try Ashwin instead of Chawla, who was not proved as a successful card against England at Bengaluru.
Besides, the team has the advantage of having part-time spinners like Yusuf Pathan and Yuvraj who make the possibilities of taking wickets.
India (possible): Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, R Ashwin, Munaf Patel.
The Netherlands (possible): Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Baressi (wicketkeeper), Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Alexei Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Pieter Seelaar, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Berend Westdijk, Bas Zuiderent.
Success Mantra: Dhoni and company ought to be calm and composed and should aim to hoist the tri-colour at Kotla’s fort. Dhoni's boys shouldn’t worry as India have a great batting line up which can create trouble for opponents. Now it’s time to rock Delhi.
Fans would be expecting an entertaining batting from Delhi boys—Gautam Gambhir and Najafgarh’s nawab Virender Sehwag as they both will be playing on their home ground.