WC warmer: India outplay the Dutch
India power their way to a 182-run win over the Dutch in their first warm-up game.india Updated: Mar 07, 2007 19:29 IST
Skipper Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar struck impressive half-centuries as India powered their way to a massive 182-run victory over minnows the Netherlands in their first warm-up game ahead of the Cricket World Cup in Trelawny.
Apart from setting the mood for the tournament proper, this match provided an opportunity to the Indians to acclimatise with the conditions in the Caribbean.
After setting an uphill target of 301 to win, the Indians bundled out their opponents for 118 runs in 37.5 overs to script a convincing win on Tuesday.
Batting first, India were off to a good start with Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag scoring 60 runs for the opening stand.
But the top order squandered the advantage due to poor shot selection and at one stage India were looking vulnerable at 82 for 3.
However, Dravid and Tendulkar batted sensibly to set the platform for a big total after the mini collapse.
The veteran duo steadied the innings and gathered runs at a decent pace, adding 116 runs for the fourth wicket.
Tendulkar's run-a-ball innings was attractive as he punished the inexperienced Dutch bowlers, belting five fours and two sixes during his knock of 61.
Dravid, who provided solid support to Tendulkar, subtly switched to an aggressive mode and played some entertaining shots. His 74 came off 92 balls and was studded with five boundaries and two lofty sixes.
However, Dutchman R ten Doeschate stole the show with his five-wicket haul followed by a gritty 31.