The Netherlands Cricket Team has bagged their first win in the T20 World Cup 2022, beating Zimbabwe by five wickets. After Netherlands’ win, all 12 teams in the tournament have at least one win to their name. With the loss, Zimbabwe are out of the tournament (except mathematically). Meanwhile, the Dutch side were already knocked out, losing the first three matches.
Max ODowd’s half-century helped his side chase the target of 118 with two overs spare. The Netherlands gave away sloppy wickets at the end, but they dominated the whole game. ODowd scored 47-balls 52 while Tom Copper contributed 32 in the team’s victory. Richard Ngarava and Blessing Muzarabani grabbed a couple of wickets each for Zimbabwe.
Earlier, The dutch side bundled Zimbabwe for mere 117 runs in 19.2 overs. Opting to bat first at Adelaide Oval, Zimbabwe had a horrific start adding just 20 runs and losing three wickets in the powerplay. Only Sikandar Raza (40) and Sean Williams (28) could score double-digit figure in front of a rigid bowling display. Paul van Meekeran once again was the star for the Netherlands, picking up three wickets. Brandon Glover and Logan van Beek also grabbed a couple of wickets each.
Max ODowd was awarded Player of the match for his hard-fought fifty-two.
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