Netherlands has created history after Aghanistan in on-going CWC 2023. They have won against an in-form and formidable South Africa team by 38 runs. In a rain-affected match, South Africa fell short in 246 runs chase. They got all-out for 207 in 42.5 overs. Netherlands will remember this victory as tide-changing for their country in International cricket. The dutch have been dreaming about such big wins. Finally, Netherlands have found their moment to shine.
South Africa have won the toss and elected to field first on a rain-affected Dharmsala pitch. The match had to be shortened to 43-overs a side, after downpour. Netherlands lost 5 wickets for 82 runs in 20 overs. At this stage, South Africa looked like blowing out the associate nation. Captain Scott Edwards has decided to go for his shots and it laid foundation for a historic win for Netherlands. This innings might go into folklore as Indian captain Kapil Dev’s 175 innings against Zimbabwe in 1983 world Cup for Nethelands.
While Netherlands is still far behind to create upsets in CWC 2023 and win it but this could inspire a generation. Scott Edwards scored 78 runs off 69 balls with fearless hitting. Roelof van der Merwe(23) and Aryan Dutt(23) helped him in setting a score of 245/8 in 43 overs. In the chase, South Africa found themselves in trouble by playing overconfidence shots. They found themselves reeling at 44/4. Netherlands did not show great fielding but their bowlers did the job.
Overcast conditions, adequate moisture in the pitch helped their bowlers to get swing and seam movement. David Miller(43) tried to carry the hopes of SA but fell short. Keshav Maharaj(40) dragged the match till penultimate ball. His innings has seen that SA won’t lose much NRR points after this loss. Netherlands have managed their first win in World Cups. Scott Edwards got player of the match award for his brilliant innings. Netherlands will never forget his innings and this win. CWC 2023 has woken up in this week with England and SA losing to associate nations.
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