Australia finds themselves in a precarious position, losing three wickets for 23 runs, but still managing to reach a score of 282 with Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green at the crease.
In the ongoing match between Australia and Netherlands, Australia has faced a mini collapse, losing three wickets for just 23 runs. The first wicket to fall was Marnus Labuschagne, who popped up a shot to Aryan Dutt and departed after scoring 62 runs off 47 balls. Two overs later, Josh Inglis was dismissed after skying a delivery from Bad de Leede to Sybrand Engelbrecht on the boundary, scoring 14 runs off 11 balls. The third wicket fell when David Warner, who had a brilliant knock of 104 runs off 93 balls, was caught at deep fine leg by Dutt.
Warner’s innings was exceptional, as it marked his sixth century in a World Cup match. However, he could have been dismissed earlier when Roelof van der Merwe was thought to have caught him on 73. The Dutch star was mobbed by his teammates, believing he had taken a stunning catch. However, Warner had doubts and felt the ball had hit the ground during the catch. The umpires referred the decision to the third umpire, and replays confirmed that the ball had indeed made contact with the ground. Warner was given a lifeline and continued his innings.
In a surprising turn of events, just four balls after Warner’s controversial catch, Van der Merwe took another stunning catch to dismiss Steve Smith for 71 runs off 68 balls. Despite the clean catch, the on-field umpires decided to refer the decision to the third umpire for confirmation. Marnus Labuschagne, who came in after Smith’s dismissal, also contributed to picking up the run rate but eventually fell for 62 runs off 47 balls when he popped a shot to Aryan Dutt.
Earlier in the match, Mitchell Marsh was caught for 9 runs off 15 balls while attempting to pull a delivery from Dutch seamer Logan van Beek. Australian captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bat first in Delhi. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was ruled out of the match due to a calf injury, and Cameron Green replaced him in the lineup. Travis Head remains unavailable for selection.
Netherlands captain Scott Edwards confessed that he would have chosen to bowl first if he had won the toss. The Australian team is also wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for Fawad Ahmed and his family.
Overall, Australia’s innings has had its ups and downs, with some brilliant performances and a mini collapse. The partnership between Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green will be crucial in helping Australia post a competitive total.