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How did Netherlands beat South Africa? Netherlands shocked the cricket world by defeating South Africa by 38 runs in their third match of the ODI cricket world cup on October 17, 2023. It was their first win of the tournament and only their third win in ODI world cups. They also ended South Africa’s unbeaten run in the competition and boosted their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.
How did Netherlands beat South Africa?
Here is how they achieved this remarkable feat.
The Batting Heroics of Scott Edwards
Netherlands were put into bat by South Africa after losing the toss in a rain-affected match that was reduced to 43 overs per side. They got off to a poor start, losing four wickets for 50 runs in 15 overs. Their top order failed to cope with the pace and swing of South Africa’s bowlers, especially Kagiso Rabada, who took his 150th ODI wicket for South Africa.
However, Netherlands captain Scott Edwards came to the rescue with a brilliant innings of 78 not out from 69 balls. He counter-attacked with 10 fours and a six and shared crucial partnerships with the lower order. He added 62 runs with Roelof van der Merwe (29 from 19 balls) and 54 runs with Aryan Dutt (23 not out from nine balls) to take Netherlands to a respectable total of 245 for eight.
Edwards’ knock was the highest score by a Netherlands batsman in ODI world cups and also the highest score by any batsman in the tournament so far. He was named the player of the match for his match-winning performance.
The Bowling Brilliance of Logan van Beek and Bas de Leede
South Africa began their chase confidently, with openers Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock putting on 36 runs in eight overs. However, Netherlands’ bowlers struck back with four quick wickets, reducing South Africa to 44 for four. Colin Ackermann dismissed de Kock for 20, while Roelof van der Merwe removed Bavuma for 16, Rassie van der Dussen for four, and Aiden Markram for one.
South Africa’s middle order tried to rebuild the innings, with Heinrich Klaasen (28) and David Miller (43) adding 45 runs for the fifth wicket. However, Netherlands’ medium pacer Logan van Beek broke the partnership by dismissing both batsmen in quick succession. He also got rid of George Coetzee (22) to finish with figures of three for 60 from 8.5 overs.
South Africa’s lower order showed some resistance, with Keshav Maharaj (40) and Lungi Ngidi (7) putting on 41 runs for the last wicket. However, Netherlands’ spinner Bas de Leede ended their hopes by trapping Ngidi lbw in the final over. He took three wickets for 36 runs from eight overs.
South Africa were bowled out for 207 in 42.5 overs, giving Netherlands a historic win by 38 runs in the ICC world cup 2023.
The Implications of the Result
The result has huge implications for both teams and the tournament. For Netherlands, it is a morale-boosting win that keeps them alive in the race for the top four spots in their group. They have two points from three matches and will face Sri Lanka in their next match on October 21.
For South Africa, it is a setback that dents their confidence and momentum. They have four points from three matches and will face England in their next match on October 24. They will have to bounce back quickly from this defeat and improve their batting and fielding.
The result also shows that there are no easy matches or weak teams in this tournament. Every team has the potential to upset any team on their day. The tournament is wide open and unpredictable, which makes it more exciting and thrilling for the fans.
South Africa vs Netherlands: Full Scorecard
Netherlands (43 ovs maximum)
|Vikramjit Singh||c Klaasen b Rabada||2||16||28||0||0||12.50|
|Max O’Dowd||c †de Kock b Jansen||18||25||33||4||0||72.00|
|Colin Ackermann||b Coetzee||12||25||40||1||0||48.00|
|Bas de Leede||lbw b Rabada||2||7||16||0||0||28.57|
|Sybrand Engelbrecht||c Jansen b Ngidi||19||37||41||1||1||51.35|
|Teja Nidamanuru||lbw b Jansen||20||25||56||3||0||80.00|
|Scott Edwards (c)†||not out||78||69||102||10||1||113.04|
|Logan van Beek||st †de Kock b Maharaj||10||27||22||1||0||37.03|
|Roelof van der Merwe||c †de Kock b Ngidi||29||19||30||3||1||152.63|
|Aryan Dutt||not out||23||9||14||0||3||255.55|
|Extras||(lb 10, nb 1, w 21)||32|
|TOTAL||43 Ov (RR: 5.69)||245/8|
|Did not bat: Paul van Meekeren|
|Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Vikramjit Singh, 6.1 ov), 2-24 (Max O’Dowd, 7.1 ov), 3-40 (Bas de Leede, 10.5 ov), 4-50 (Colin Ackermann, 15.1 ov), 5-82 (Sybrand Engelbrecht, 20.2 ov), 6-112 (Teja Nidamanuru, 26.6 ov), 7-140 (Logan van Beek, 33.5 ov), 8-204 (Roelof van der Merwe, 39.5 ov) • DRS|
South Africa (T: 246 runs from 43 ovs)
|Temba Bavuma (c)||b van der Merwe||16||31||35||2||1||51.61|
|Quinton de Kock †||c †Edwards b Ackermann||20||22||28||3||0||90.90|
|Rassie van der Dussen||c Dutt b van der Merwe||4||7||16||0||0||57.14|
|Aiden Markram||b van Meekeren||1||3||4||0||0||33.33|
|Heinrich Klaasen||c Vikramjit Singh b van Beek||28||28||36||4||0||100.00|
|David Miller||b van Beek||43||52||81||4||1||82.69|
|Marco Jansen||b van Meekeren||9||25||22||0||0||36.00|
|Gerald Coetzee||c †Edwards b de Leede||22||23||33||2||1||95.65|
|Keshav Maharaj||c †Edwards b van Beek||40||37||54||5||1||108.10|
|Kagiso Rabada||c Engelbrecht b de Leede||9||6||9||0||1||150.00|
|Lungi Ngidi||not out||7||24||35||0||0||29.16|
|Extras||(lb 2, nb 1, w 5)||8|
|TOTAL||42.5 Ov (RR: 4.83)||207|
|Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Quinton de Kock, 7.6 ov), 2-39 (Temba Bavuma, 9.1 ov), 3-42 (Aiden Markram, 10.2 ov), 4-44 (Rassie van der Dussen, 11.2 ov), 5-89 (Heinrich Klaasen, 18.5 ov), 6-109 (Marco Jansen, 24.6 ov), 7-145 (David Miller, 30.6 ov), 8-147 (Gerald Coetzee, 33.1 ov), 9-166 (Kagiso Rabada, 35.1 ov), 10-207 (Keshav Maharaj, 42.5 ov) • DRS|
|Logan van Beek||8.5||0||60||3||6.79||30||7||2||1||1|
|Paul van Meekeren||9||0||40||2||4.44||33||4||1||0||0|
|Roelof van der Merwe||9||0||34||2||3.77||29||1||1||0||0|
|Bas de Leede||8||0||36||2||4.50||28||3||0||4||0|
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