ICC T20 World Cup: Netherlands pulls off improbable win against SA

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Netherlands-pull-off-an-improbable win

ICC T20 World Cup has been a place in 2022, for 9 out 10 rare occurrences. Namibia won against Sri Lanka, Scotland won against West Indies, Zimbabwe won against Pakistan, Ireland won against England and Netherlands won against South Africa. This is the first World Cup to have so many Associate Nations or low-ranked nations pulling off sensational upsets in a tournament, that too, in Australia. Bowling friendly pitches have helped bowlers to tighten the free-scoring T20 batters and Netherlands made best use of them against SA, when mattered.

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Colin-Ackerman-top-scored-for Netherlands

Netherlands has been put into bat by SA, after winning the toss. Stephan Myburgh (37) and Max O’Dowd (29) played slowly to consolidate against mighty SA bowlers. Tom Cooper scored 35 runs from 19 balls and gave them required momentum. They were 112/3 from 15 overs. Scott Edwards (12) helped Colin Ackermann to push Netherlands total to 158/4 from 20 overs. Colin Ackermann scored 41 runs from 26 balls. Keshav Maharaj (2/27) and Anrich Nortje (1/10) bowled very well for South Africa.

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South-Africa-fans-stunned-by their team

South Africa missed catches and looked completely off in batting too. Temba Bavuma (20), Quinton de Kock (13), Rilee Rossouw (25), Aiden Markram (17), David Miller (17), Heinrich Klaasen (21) all got set but no one could kick-on and play the match-winning innings at the right time. Keshav Maharaj (13), Kagiso Rabada (9), Anrich Nortje (4) had much more to do against Netherlands slow pacers. They could restrict South Africa to 145/8 in 20 overs and pull off an improbable win with 13 runs.

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Netherlands-pull-off-an-improbable win

Netherlands eliminated South Africa with their win and made it easy for Pakistan to go through and even made it easy for India to qualify. South Africa on the other hand stayed true to their name as Big ICC Tournaments Chokers, once again.

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