In the first significant shock of the ICC Cricket World Cup, Netherlands defeated South Africa by 38 runs after bowling them out for 207.
The unexpected victory by the Netherlands comes just days after Afghanistan pulled off the tournament’s opening shock by thrashing the defending champions England by 69 runs on Sunday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
At the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday, Netherlands trounced South Africa by 38 runs, pulling off the second-largest shock of the ICC World Cup 2023. The astonishing victory by the Netherlands comes just days after Afghanistan pulled off the tournament’s opening shock by thrashing the defending champions England by 69 runs on Sunday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
The African team had looked to be in fantastic bowling and batting form. Despite scoring more than 300 runs in each game, the Proteas made a statement by restricting the potent Australians to 177 runs in the second game.
The Netherlands lost both of their opening games, in stark contrast to South Africa. The Dutch bowled well and claimed three quick wickets in the first game against Pakistan before Saud Shakeel and Fakhar Zaman took control of the match and helped the Asian team achieve a score of 286. The Netherlands responded but never appeared to have a chance of catching the total and were finally bowled out for 205.
South Africa playing XI: Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Gerald Coetzee
Netherlands playing XI: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(w/c), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
South Africa chose to bowl first today despite winning the toss. While the Netherlands got off to a rough start, the squad rallied to score 245 runs in 43 overs thanks to captain Scott Edwards’ 78-run performance and Aryan Dutt’s furious 23-run innings off 9 balls.
The Proteas were off to a cautious start and added 36 runs for the opening partnership as they chased 246 to win. However, once Quinton de Kock left, South Africa’s batting imploded as they were all out for 207 after losing five wickets for just 89 runs in the 19th over.
The field was controlled by Dutch bowlers, who never let South Africa’s batting prowess take control. David Miller led the South African team in scoring with 43 runs off 52 deliveries, followed by Keshav Maharaj’s 40 runs off 37 shots.
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Dutch bowlers were in charge of the field, never allowing South Africa’s outstanding batting to take over. David Miller scored the most runs for the South African team (43 off 52 deliveries), followed by Keshav Maharaj (40 off 37 strokes).
“Congratulations to the Netherlands for their outstanding victory over South Africa, who were untouchable. Edwards assumes the initiative.
Another user praised the Netherlands for their outstanding effort in defeating South Africa once more. Van Der Merwe never connects with his ex-team. In this game, Scott Edwards’ batting and leadership were outstanding. Merwe added 29 runs off 19 deliveries and took two wickets for Netherlands, significantly helping the team.
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The Dutch captain’s critical 78 runs, the most on the team, received acclaim from the online community. “Scott Edwards, the captain of the Netherlands, is the game’s MVP! At 82/5, his side was in terrible shape, and he came in to bat and led them to 245/8! What an entertainer,” commented Farid Khan.