Bhubaneswar, Nov. 12 -- Before the much-awaited semifinal match against New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday, high-flying India will lock horns with Netherlands in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Though the result is perhaps of mere academic interest, the Men in Blue are likely to approach it with just as much energy and enthusiasm as they have done all their games so far. It has held the hosts in good stead all the way through in the mega event.

To go into the crucial knock-out stage with a low-key contest against Netherlands may not be construed as ideal preparation. However, India would like to continue their winning momentum as it will keep them in good stead for the semifinal game.

India and Netherlands have faced each other twice in ODIs, and...