The Netherlands secured a historic win against South Africa on Tuesday to cause another upset in the Cricket World Cup 2023. They emerged victorious by 38 runs in Dharmasala, marking their first-ever victory against a Test-playing nation in the ODI World Cup.
This is their third win in the World Cup history. Previously, they had only managed to defeat Namibia in 2003 and Scotland in 2007. It’s worth noting that the Netherlands also secured a win against South Africa in the T20 World Cup of 2022.
South Africa, who had previously secured victories against Sri Lanka and Australia, tasted their first defeat of World Cup 2023. Meanwhile, the Netherlands had faced defeats at the hands of Pakistan and New Zealand.
Chasing a target of 246 runs in 43 overs, South Africa were bundled out for 207 in 42.5 overs. They were four wickets down for 44 runs in the 12 overs, losing Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Aidem Markaram and Rassie van der Dussen. They could not really put on a fight since then.
David Miller was the only home for the Protes but Logan van Beek knocked him out for 43 runs to put Netherlands on top. Keshav Maharaj batted till the end and scored 40 runs before being the last man to be dismissed.
For the Netherlands, Logan van Beek picked up three wickets. Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeran and Bas de Leede also grabbed two wickets each.
Earlier in the first inning, the Netherlands piled up 245/8 in the allotted 43 overs after being put into bat first. They were 50/4 at one stage however skipper Scott Edwards stepped up and guided his side towards a decent total. He hammered 78 runs from 69 balls with ten fours and one six.
Van der Merwe notched up 19-ball 29, while Aryan Dutt smacked 23 runs from just nine balls, hammering three biggies. South Africa conceded 31 extras which included 21 wides.
For South Africa, Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen picked up two wickets each. Maharaj and Gerald Coetzee also pocketed one each.