The chances were long, but the Netherlands once again showed their cleverness and cunning on the field, preventing New Zealand from scoring a great result. The qualifiers, as was the case against Pakistan, dominated at certain points in the match but were unable to maintain their advantage for long. New Zealand posted 322 for seven.
Chasing a win of 323 was never going to be easy against the New Zealand attack. The Dutch batsmen started decently but couldn’t stop there as the Kiwi bowlers denied them any scoring chances. Most of the non-Test countries suffer from lack of good batsmen. This limits their strength when faced with bigger teams that can fight their way out of tight situations, as India did against the Australians in Chennai last night.
How did this happen
Like the previous match, Holland had no batsmen to challenge the Kiwi bowlers. Top scorer Colin Ackermann scored 69 points (73b; 5×4) and captain Scott Edwards 30, but the others failed to make it count. They were bowled out for 223, bowling left-handed Mitchell Santner a five-wicket finish for 59 – the first five-wicket draw in an ODI on this pitch. He won the player of the match award.
It was a good performance for New Zealand as their batsmen, unlike in the previous match against the English champions, were thoroughly tested by the Dutch bowlers. It’s not often you see 18-over balls bowled on the trot early in the inning. Dutch off-spinner Aryan Dutt scored the first two overs and Ryan Klein the third, while New Zealand openers Devon Conway and Will Young conceded fewer strokes in the first three overs. Young broke the shackles when he guided Klein past the center fielder to the fence to play his first scoring shot of the innings off the 19th ball.
Then it was Young and Conway (32; 40b, 5×4, 1×6) who chased down the Dutch bowlers. They then added 67 for the first wicket in 12.1 overs (actually 9.1 overs) before Conway, who had scored an unbeaten century in the previous match, was deceived by a false shot by left-arm spinner Roelaf van der Merwe.
Young (70; 80b, 7×4, 2×6) was joined by another centurion Rachin Ravindra and the duo made steady progress. The period from 11 to 40 overs was mixed for both teams. One of them recalled two boxers surrounding each other and throwing the occasional jab, but being careful not to land a knockout punch. The Kiwis scored 175 runs and lost three wickets in the process. They were consistent in their approach and built an attacking platform in the last 10 overs. The Netherlands, on the other hand, was also quite happy with this as they kept control of the kiwi cakes. They were never allowed to loosen up during this period.
Quite a drama took place in the 32nd place after a throw by average player Ryan Klein. A certain pre-appeal performance against Ravindra was thrown out and the review didn’t help the Netherlands either, although it seemed to be a close call and the judge’s decision turned out to be in Ravindra’s favour. In the same game, Daryl Mitchell (48; 47b, 5×4, 2×6) was eliminated by debutant Sybrand Engelbrecht. However, the Netherlands broke through in the next set when van der Merwe caught Ravindra (51; 51b, 3×4, 1×6) by goalkeeper Scott Edwards.
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In five overs (40 to 45), New Zealand scored only 24 and lost three wickets and Netherlands enjoyed another good phase. However, the Kiwis scored as many as 51 in the last three overs as the Dutch bowlers and fielders succumbed to the pressure. Captain Tom Latham scored 54 (46b; 6×4, 1×6) and Mitchell Santner scored 36 (3×4, 2×6) as New Zealand scored 322 for seven.
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