India vs Netherlands ICC World Cup 2023 Warm Up Match Live Score Updates: Toss delayed due to rain, if today's match is called off, it will be the third warm-up match in Thiruvananthapuram to be called off due to rain.
LIVE India vs Netherlands, ICC World Cup 2023 Warm Up Match Score Updates: Rohit Sharma led Indian side is all set to square off against the Netherlands at the Greenfield stadium in Thiruvananthapuram today. India will look to provide ample of opportunities to all the players during the second warm-up match while cementing their playing XI ahead of their ICC World Cup 2023 opening game against Australia on October 8.
India is coming off a recent series win against five-time world champions Australia, giving them a lot of confidence going into the all-important World Cup which is returning to India after a gap of 12 years.
Netherlands, on the other hand, had faced Australia in their first warm-up match at the same venue on September 30 in a game marred by rain. While no result could be obtained, Australia scored 166 for the loss of 3 wickets in their 23 overs while Netherlands could score only 84 runs and lost 6 wickets before the match was eventually called off.
According to a Cricbuzz report, Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli did not join the Indian squad on the flight form from Guwahati to Thiruvananthapuram and instead flew to Mumbai owing to a ‘personal emergency’.
The outlet reported that other members of the Indian contingent arrived on Sunday evening for the match against the Netherlands on October 3.
Like the last match between the two sides, rain could play a significant role in this warm-up match. Thiruvananthapuram is also the venue where the most warm-up matches (2) for the ICC World Cup 2023 have been called off owing to rains.
After the rains stopped, covers have been removed. An hour and twenty minutes have already been lost. The covers are being folded, the pitch is fully uncovered.
Rain stops but covers still on. The umpires were out and were having a chat. An update is expected at 3pm.
Speaking during an ESPN Crincinfo documentary, Rauf said, “When I was a net bowler with the Indian team, and was bowling to Virat Kohli, I felt like he knew exactly where the ball was going to hit his bat. He was very focussed and that showed how sharp his concentration was. Even during practice session in the nets, he unleashed so much aggression that, it felt like I was playing a match against him despite being a net bowler. His remarkable control and intensity made me realise why he has such a reputation in the game,” Rauf said in his documentary on ESPNCricinfo.
The covers are still on at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapura. The match was due to start at 14:00, but the rain delay means that the final warm-up match before the 2023 World Cup will have a delayed start, if at all.
If the match between India and Netherlands is also called off, it will be the third warm-up game to be called off at the Greenfield stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. Netherlands’ earlier match against Australia on September 30 was also called off, after being cut short to 23 overs.
India would not mind a bit of rest ahead of the start of the World Cup season with the opening match against Australia on October 8.