Days after the upset of Afghanistan beating England in the ODI World Cup 2023, another shocker took place with the Netherlands defeating South Africa in Match 15 of the tournament at HPCA stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday. South Africa elected to bowl after winning the toss, setting the stage for an exciting showdown. The Netherlands started their innings with Vikramjit Singh and Max O’Dowd at the crease, but the early going proved challenging for the Dutch side.
Vikramjit managed only 2 runs, while O’Dowd contributed 18 runs. The Dutch batsmen struggled to make significant scores, with Scott Edwards being the standout performer with a remarkable 78 runs. South Africa’s bowlers put in a solid performance, with Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, and Gerald Coetzee each picking up crucial wickets.
Ngidi and Rabada both secured 2 wickets, while Jansen and Coetzee took 2 wickets and 1 wicket, respectively. The Netherlands posted a total of 245/8 in their allotted 43 overs. South Africa faced a target of 246 runs to win but struggled to chase it down. Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, and Rassie van der Dussen couldn’t make substantial contributions, and the middle order also faced challenges. David Miller was the top scorer for South Africa with 43 runs, but it wasn’t enough to secure the victory.
The Netherlands bowlers displayed a commendable effort, with Logan van Beek leading the way, taking 3 wickets. Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, and Bas de Leede each contributed with 2 wickets. Their collective effort restricted South Africa to 207 runs, resulting in a 38-run victory for the Netherlands
The Netherlands’ victory over South Africa is a major upset in the ODI World Cup 2023. The Dutch team played brilliantly with both bat and ball, while the South African team was simply outplayed. The Netherlands bowlers were particularly impressive, restricting South Africa to a below-par score. Van Beek and van Meekeren were the standouts for the Dutch bowling attack, but the other bowlers also played their part.
South Africa’s bowlers also put in a solid performance, but they were unable to contain the Netherlands’ batsmen in the middle overs. Edwards played a crucial knock for the Netherlands, and the other batsmen also contributed valuable runs. Overall, the Netherlands’ victory over South Africa is a well-deserved one. They played better cricket on the day and deserved to win.
LVB takes wicket number 1️⃣0️⃣ and brings in the historic win🎊🎉
Kudos to the fight and resistance showed by the last wicket partnership of the opposition. 👏
— Cricket🏏Netherlands (@KNCBcricket) October 17, 2023
They have had big days earlier but to beat a top ranked side like South Africa over 43 overs, instead of only 20, would probably make this the biggest day for the Netherlands @KNCBcricket
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 17, 2023
Wow ! What an effort by the Dutch.
So much to like about the way they go about their business. Scott Edwards was sensational in the last 10 overs with the bat and then the Netherlands’ bowlers did the job in style. #NEDvsSA pic.twitter.com/kYpV0Rby0A
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 17, 2023
The cricket world is buzzing with excitement! 🇳🇱 The @KNCBcricket team shocks everyone with a sensational win against South Africa! Their skill and determination is shining bright! 🔥🌟 #NEDvSA #Netherlands #WorldCup2023
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) October 17, 2023
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) October 17, 2023
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 17, 2023
— Shubham 𝕏 (@DankShubhum) October 17, 2023
Just before the World Cup in India, Netherlands coach Ryan Cook was pleading to subcontinent nations to play cricket with them!
— Vishal Verma (@VishalVerma_9) October 17, 2023
Roelof van der Merwe during his last game for South Africa in 2010- “There wasn’t much opportunity for me to break into the South Africa team. At that time, it was the best decision for my family”
— ICT Fan (@Delphy06) October 17, 2023
Three biggest upsets in this World Cup so far :-
— 👌👑⭐ (@kingsuper1816) October 17, 2023
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