New Delhi (HS). India will enter the World Cup without playing a single warm-up ball as the warm-up match against Netherlands in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday was canceled due to rain. The Indian team’s first practice match against England in Guwahati on 30 September was also abandoned without a single ball being bowled, although the weather permitted the toss.
The Netherlands will also start the World Cup proper with minimal warm-up action. Their game against Australia in Thiruvananthapuram was affected by heavy rain, with the Netherlands receiving no result despite bowling 23 overs and batting for 14.2 overs.
India traveled across the country for their practice matches. After finishing their three-match ODI series against Australia in Rajkot in Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, they traveled to Guwahati in the northeast and then to Thiruvananthapuram near the southern tip of the peninsula. Having covered a distance of over 6000 km in those two trips, India will now make the short trip to Chennai where they will face Australia in the tournament opener on October 8.
Netherlands will begin their campaign in Hyderabad, where they will face Pakistan on October 6.
The Netherlands made it to the 10-team World Cup on the back of a stellar performance in the qualifiers in Zimbabwe, where they finished in the top two after beating West Indies via the Super Over in a high-scoring thriller, and then Scotland in terms of net run rate. To beat India chased 278 runs in 44 overs.
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