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Mark? Mark Beadle?

37th over: Netherlands 169-5 (Engelbrecht 44, Nidamanuru 16) Kuldeep does indeed replace Suryakumar, is that the end of India’s high jinx? Just a single off the over and the players are going to take a drink…

“Hi James,”

Wotcha Mark Beadle.

“In the spirit of this game how about you take a few overs off and let the rest of us OBO’ers have an over each?”

DEAL Mark. I’m off to make a cup of tea. You do the over after drinks yes? Double dare you. I’m typing nothing – got to let my Yorkshire Gold brew. Don’t be too good though, I need this gig.

36th over: Netherlands 168-5 (Engelbrecht 43, Nidamanuru 16) Siraj returns to the fold, he’s put down a few catches in the field and so will want to make amends with the ball in hand. A full ball clips the legs of Nidamanuru and whistles away for four. I’ve been propositioned in my inbox…

35th over: Netherlands 162-5 (Engelbrecht 42, Nidamanuru 16) Well played Teja Nidamanuru, he decides enough is enough and launches SKY over long on twice in succession for two huge sixes. That might be enough for Rohit to call it a spell.

But what’s this? A theory from Vibhanshu Bisht:

“Hi James, I think you are missing the fact that Rohit has already started the mindgames for the semifinals. It is quite clear that this is an attempt by Rohit to befuddle any NZ analysts who might be watching the game to prepare for the semis. Instead of 5, now they will need to prepare strategic plans for 8…and maybe more bowlers.”

34th over: Netherlands 149-5 (Engelbrecht 42, Nidamanuru 3) This is very much akin to Graham Gooch’s much maligned quote about the NZ side of the eighties – like facing the World XI from one end and Ilford 2nds from the other. Bumrah is nailing the bouncer/yorker and looks mightily impressive. Suryakumar is given the nod for another…

33rd over: Netherlands 148-5 (Engelbrecht 42, Nidamanuru 3) Suryakumar gets his first bowl in an international match, cripes, the ball is so slow it barely makes it down the other end. Rohit will be on before you know it. There were four singles off it. Drosstastic stuff from India.

WICKET! Bas de Leede b Bumrah 12 (Netherlands 144-5)

Yorker. Sayonara. Bumrah has Englebrecht dropped on the boundary by a sprawling Siraj and takes matters into his own hands by detonating off stump. Teja Nidamanuru is the new man at the crease. Lordy, Suryakumar Yadav is being given his first bowl in international cricket. Brace yourselves.

32nd over: Netherlands 144-5 (Engelbrecht 40, Nidamanuru 0)

Netherlands' Bas De Leede is bowled by India's Jasprit Bumrah.
Netherlands’ Bas De Leede is bowled by India’s Jasprit Bumrah. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP

31st over: Netherlands 140-4 (Engelbrecht 37, de Leede 12) Inexplicably, Shubman Gill is given another over. Can’t really bring myself to type except to say four singles are taken off it. That’s all you are getting. Let’s all move on.

30th over: Netherlands 136-4 (Engelbrecht 35, de Leede 10) From the ridiculous to the sublime as Bumrah is recalled for the over after Shubman. Just a single off it to de Leede.

“Only Rohit is left. Might as well have a bowl. He has a IPL hattrick afterall” chirps Arul Kanhere.

Don’t rule it out.

29th over: Netherlands 135-4 (Engelbrecht 35, de Leede 9) Fair to say Gill is clearly no bowler. I’m not even sure how to categorise it… floaty nonsense? He drops short and is smeared to the fence by de Leede. This smacks of a village game where the bloke who was called up at the last minute and has “driven a fair way this morning” is given a bowl. That or a beer game. In fact – my stag doo match last summer was more competitive than this Gill over, that’s saying something. Wisden’s Phil Walker no doubt still having nightmares about getting out to my left arm dross. I never remind him. That would be crass. Ahem.

28th over: Netherlands 128-4 (Engelbrecht 33, de Leede 1) DROP! Jadeja can’t hold on to a sharp caught and bowled chance offered from de Leede. That was hit hard but it is chalked up as another missed chance. Ian Smith thinks India have been a bit lackadaisical in the field today. There is a slight end of term vibe to them, bring in your boardgames and wear your own clothes type thing. That is only reinforced by the fact Shubman Gill is coming on for a bowl.

27th over: Netherlands 124-4 (Engelbrecht 33, de Leede 1) Kohli continues for another over. You try prising the ball out of his mitts after that first ODI wicket in nine years… Five off the over, a mixed bag of dobblers and full tosses.

26th over: Netherlands 119-4 (Engelbrecht 29, de Leede 0) Englebrecht uses his feet to Jadeja and gets a meaty edge behind for four runs. DROP! Next ball is slashed to Rohit at point but he can only parry it. Another drop for India. Salt meet wound, wound meet salt. Engelbrecht punches down the ground and a mis-field sees the ball travel to the boundary. Smidge sloppy from the Indian side.

WICKET! Edwards c Rahul b Kohli 17 (Netherlands 111-4)

VIRAT STRIKES! Erm, well, he spears one down the leg side and Scott Edwards gets a tiny feather that is extremely well taken by KL Rahul. The crowd go bananas and Edwards has to trudge off.

Bas de Leede is the new man and Kohli is now channeling Richard Hadlee, three dots finish the over.

25th over: Netherlands 111-4 (Engelbrecht 20, de Leede 0)

24th over: Netherlands 110-3 (Engelbrecht 20, Edwards 17) A loosey goosey over finally from Jadeja, he spears down the leg side for four leg-byes and is then paddled away fine by Edwards for another boundary. Twelve runs in total are leaked off the over, the Dutch need a whole lot more.

23rd over: Netherlands 98-3 (Engelbrecht 17, Edwards 12) Here comes Kohli, the crowd whooping and hollering at the opportunity to see the great man do his lesser spotted thing with the ball. He trundles in… it is slooow. The caption has him down as medium pace but I think Trade Descriptions might want a word about that. He is nurdled for three singles before inducing a thick edge from Engelbrecht that flies away for four wide of KL Rahul. Seven off the over.

22nd over: Netherlands 91-3 (Engelbrecht 12, Edwards 10) Just a single off Jadeja’s latest over. I’ve got steam coming off my fingers. Virat is coming on for a bowl – what larks!

21th over: Netherlands 90-3 (Engelbrecht 12, Edwards 9) Yadav gets in and out with just four singles coming off it. A huge cheer goes around the stadium as Virat Kohli seems to be doing some warm-ups.

20th over: Netherlands 86-3 (Engelbrecht 10, Edwards 7) The squeeze well and truly on with the introduction of spin. Just three runs off another rapid Jadeja over.

“Rocket-ship grease down the cracks of my knuckles
Karate bandana, warp speed chic
Hair down to there, impressive moustache”

5min 54 in should do it:

19th over: Netherlands 83-3 (Engelbrecht 8, Edwards 6) Yadav sends down his fifth – he has 1-10 from half his allotment.

Siraj took the dropped ball in his throat a few overs back. Easier to use your hands for mine (arf).

18th over: Netherlands 81-3 (Engelbrecht 7, Edwards 5) Stop it Jadeja! He whirls through an over, Scott Edwards nudges a single off the last ball.

17th over: Netherlands 80-3 (Engelbrecht 7, Edwards 4) Yadav nearly cleans Engelbrecht up with one that spits back but then drops short and is hauled away to the fence on the leg side.

A dusty (hungover) Dean Kinsella is on the wires – “This is my all time favourite autumnal song which kinda shows my age. But I was obviously too young to understand your reference to Mr Bellamy’s PLUGHOLE.”

Ramble on eh? Could be an OBO feemtoon.

WICKET! O’Dowd b Jadeja 30 (Netherlands 72-3)

The lustrously haired Ravindra Jadeja comes on and skittles O’Dowd (no slouch in the follicles department) with his first ball!

Dutch skipper Scott Edwards is the new batter and he punches through midwicket for two straightaway. Jadeja is rattling through his over in warp speed as is his wont. I love the guy but he’s an OBO scribes nightmare, blink and you miss it.

16th over: Netherlands 75-3 (Engelbrecht 3, Edwards 3)

Netherlands' Max O'Dowd is bowled out by India's Ravindra Jadeja.
Netherlands’ Max O’Dowd is bowled out by India’s Ravindra Jadeja. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

15th over: Netherlands 72-2 (O’Dowd 30, Engelbrecht 3) DROP! Yadav should have had another as O’Dowd miscues a full ball high into the Bengalaru night sky, Siraj has time to settle under it but the ball slaps his palms and hits the turf. Gooober!

14th over: Netherlands 70-2 (O’Dowd 29, Engelbrecht 2) Four runs off Shami’s over as Engelbrecht gets off the mark with flick into the leg side and the batters rotate strike well enought. Quieter than it was when Ackermann was playing his shots.

WICKET! Ackermann lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 35 (Netherlands 66-2)

Spin does the trick for India as Ackermann drops to his haunches to sweep but misses a straight ball from Yadav. Three reds on the review and the fun cameo has to end.

The marvellously monikered Sybrand Engelbrecht is the new batter and he can’t get any of the five deliveries Yadav fizzes down at him away for a run. Wicket maiden for the spinner.

13th over: Netherlands 66-2 (O’Dowd 27, Engelbrecht 0)

12th over: Netherlands 66-1 (O’Dowd 27, Ackermann 35) Shami is picked off for three singles.

Elsewhere, Rob Key has been doing the rounds on the back of England’s problematic tournament:

11th over: Netherlands 63-1 (O’Dowd 26, Ackermann 33) Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack for India’s first use of spin. This will be a different challenge to the Dutch batters after the pace of Bumrah, Siraj and Shami looked relatively comfortable on this wicket. Just a single off Kuldeep’s first over, a shorter ball worked to point by Ackermann.

10th over: Netherlands 62-1 (O’Dowd 26, Ackermann 32) Max O’Dowd comes to the party by bashing down the front door and marching straight towards the ghetto blaster – a shimmy down the track sees him loft Shami for four back over his head for four. The bowler responds with a bouncer that O’Dowd picks up early and clobbers into the stands behind deep square leg. Six runs. Fearless and skilful stuff from the men in orange.

9th over: Netherlands 52-1 (O’Dowd 16, Ackermann 32) Yes please Colin Ackermann. He plays a booming drive ON. THE. UP. off Siraj and the ball skims to the fence like a pebble on glass. Some shot, he looks in fine fettle. That brings up the fastest fifty against India by any team in this World Cup.

8th over: Netherlands 46-1 (O’Dowd 15, Ackermann 27) Shami replaces Siraj but he can’t stem the orange flow (apols) as Ackermann glances away for four of his pads and then unfurls a cover drive that Bumrah does well to haul inside the boundary sponge. The batters take three runs. ‘mon the Dutch!

7th over: Netherlands 37-1 (O’Dowd 14, Ackermann 19) Fantastic approach from the Dutch here, they are playing some shots and showing lots of intent, “showing off their skills on the biggest stage” says Ian Smith on commentary. Bumrah overpitches and is driven handsomely away for another four by big Col.

6th over: Netherlands 29-1 (O’Dowd 12, Ackermann 13) Colin Ackermann looks in supreme touch as he nails three boundaries off Siraj! Two well-timed clips off his pads and a textbook cover drive to a ball outside the off stump. Bootiful.

5th over: Netherlands 17-1 (O’Dowd 12, Ackermann 1) Bumrah is clipped for a brace by O’Dowd who follows up with a nicely played late glide behind point for another boundary. Lovely batting.

“Hi James”

Hello to you Jeremy Boyce.

“I always found this did the trick, even though the Mozz-meister has lately morphed into something other than This Charming Man. It takes me back to a day I spent in Blackpool one November with a lovely lass from Wigan (hi Debbie), ending in several Brandy-Macs in a beach-side hostelry…

And it is Sunday! What more do you want?”

I want for nothing Jeremy. I’m not going to enquire where your ellipsis was heading… and will keep it clean by mentioning that my pa is from near Wigan (Hi Ian!) not sure he’s ever had a Brandy-Mac though I have witnessed him inexplicably sip on a Jagerbomb at my brother’s wedding. “Very warming”.

4th over: Netherlands 11-1 (O’Dowd 6, Ackermann 1) Shot! O’Dowd leans on a full ball from Siraj and it traces away over the turf to the fence. The Samson-haired opener holds the pose for good measure and why not.

New Zealand beware…

3rd over: Netherlands 5-1 (O’Dowd 1, Ackermann 0) Bumrah sends down a threatening maiden over, O’Dowd does well to keep out some booming inswingers.

Zia Faruqui has seen something in the stars… “The fates are aligning. Looks like a NZ vs South Africa final. Which bridesmaid is going to make it this time!”

Not sure which celestial plains you have been interpreting Zia but I’ve very much got it down as an Australia v India final. Discuss.

WICKET! Barresi c Rahul b Mohammed Siraj 4 (Netherlands 5-1)

Siraj induces a big snickeroo and it is snaffled by KL Rahul diving forward behind the stumps. They check the catch on the DRS but it is clean as David Bellamy’s freshly Dettox’d plughole. One for the kids there. Colin Ackermann is the new man and Siraj keeps him honest with three dots.

2nd over: Netherlands 5-1 (O’Dowd 1, Ackermann 0)

1st over: Netherlands 5-0 (Barresi 4, O’Dowd 1) Jasprit stutters in with that inimitable run up and releases the bull-whip action. His first ball strays onto the pads and is clipped away confidently by Barresi for a single. Next ball smashes into O’Dowd’s front pad and there is a sizeable appeal but it looked to be sliding down leg. India wisely opt against the review. O’Dowd drops and runs to third and Barresi cloths a drive through cover but picks up three for it. Five runs off the first.

The OBO mailbag is very much open if you’d like to drop me a line with any thoughts, theories, jokes, philosophical musings, Autumnal song suggestions*.

*This is my ear worm at the moment.

Max O’Dowd and Wesley Barresi stroll out to the middle for the Netherlands, the crowd hype man does his thing and the spectators go wild. Jasprit Bumrah prowls around at the top of his mark like a coiled jaguar. Gulp. Let’s play!

James Wallace

James Wallace

Thanks Tanya. Cripes – that was some display of hitting from India, they look so good it is hard to see anyone running them close at the moment. Their batting is sumptuous and their bowling, as I’m sure we are about to see, is scarily good. New Zealand memorably pipped them in the semi-final four years ago and the two sides will go head to head for a place in the final on Wednesday.

Can the Dutch give Bumrah and Shami a decent tune up and make a fist of what is an imposing target? Will it be a pastel blue hued steamrollering under lights in Bengalaru to make it nine from nine for the host nation? We’re about to find out.

That was brilliant by India – famous last words but they just look unbeatable. So much firepower, so much confidence. “The plan was clear,” says a cool as ice Rahul afterwards, “Get as many runs as possible, enjoy yourself.” They certainly did that. Thanks for joining me today and for your emails. Jim Wallace is ready to take you through the second innings – enjoy!

Netherlands need 411 to win!

50th over: India 410-4 (Shreyas 128, Suryakumar 2) A timely acceleration! Fabulous hitting from Suryakumar and Rahul – a partnership of 208 off just 127 balls. Rahul’s century came off just 62. But until the last ten overs, the Dutch did well to keep the lid on India’s incredible firepower. India’s third 400 of the total. A side in peak form.

WICKET! KL Rahul c Engelbrecht b de Leede 102 (408-4)

Electric! Rahul reaches his hundred with two consecutive sixes off de Leede’s first two balls. Takes off his helmet, modestly raises his bat, smiles, as the self-made joy flies about the stadium. But then goes for one hit too far and is caught on the rope.

KL Rahul of India strikes for the boundary.
KL Rahul of India strikes for the boundary. Photograph: Surjeet Yadav/Getty Images

49th over: India 393-3 (Rahul 89, Shreyas 127) The Bangalore sky turning pink and purple with dusk, as Shreyas pancakes van Beek’s first ball for six. And the next, this time a few degrees squarer. Two more big hits, brings just two singles – then a wide. And then a contemptuous slap square by Shreyas, just over the fielder for six more. The final ball coaxed, with a gentle tickle, over extra cover for four glorious more.

48th over: India 368-3 (Rahul 88, Shreyas 104) Van Meekeren puts his hand on his nose and breathes heavily as Rahul flicks a slower ball off the ankles for four. But it is the only boundary of the over which I think he can consider a win.

47th over: India 360-3 (Rahul 82, Shreyas 102) Can India reach 400? The Dutch giving it their all. Van Beek’s first three balls are sensible singles, but then Rahul lofts him straight, it looks big but in fact only dribbles to the rope. The next shot is an incredible bit of engineering, as Rahul chops and yet the ball flies into the stands for six.

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