That brings us to the end of the coverage of this fantastic encounter between the Netherlands and Zimbabwe. It was the Netherlands day today as they sneaked away with a victory. Do join us for all the upcoming games from all around the globe. For now, it's me Hitesh Peddurwar signing off along with my co-commentators Saipavan Janaki and Prince Suman and scorers/analysts Dushyant Kumar and Bishal Mandal...Until then stay safe...
Teja Nidamanuru ( Player of the Match):" Yeah, the team make up and batting at 7 gives balance to the side. Dream moment like this and it's happpens, so I'm proud and happy, feeling awesome. We were trying to build a partnership, that was the game plan. We were looking to be positive, we looked boundaries in the first 1-2 balls the go for the single, trying to take it as deep as possible. (Masakadza)I think he extremely bowled well and I think they bowled really well, but happy we came out on top. Thanks."
Scott Edwards(Netherlands Captain):"That was a thrilling game. Special performance by the guys lower down the order to take our team over the line. Yeah, we were in a difficult position at the start, like we were 70-5 but in the last 10 overs once we got momentum I had a belief that we can get over the line. Yeah, it's a good feeling to start the series with a win."
Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe Captain): "Yeah, I thought Netherlands used the conditions to get early wickets, but it was a great innings. Wicket was some extra bounce, but the wicket did get slightly better after that . Yeah, we could tighten up things with the bowling attack we had, but credit to Teja for that knock his maiden hundred. We dropped 2-3 catches that can hurt . Hopefully we put up a better performance in the field in the next game. (Williams) He will play next game."
Time for the post match presentation....
20:12 IST| What a match it was... It all went down to the wire. Remember the name, Teja Nidamanuru he played a magnanimous inning of 110* runs and he helped his team to snatch the victory from the jaws of defeat. This is Netherlands' first ODI victory away from home after 2014. The Netherlands needed 97 runs from the last 10 overs with just 4 wickets in hand and they have done it. All credit goes to this 28 yrs old man Teja Nidamanuru.
While chasing a target of 250 runs, the Netherlands got off to a disastrous start as they lost the wickets of Vikramjeet Singh and Tom Cooper in the 5th and 7th over respectively. Max O'Dowd and Colin Ackermann tried to steer the sinking ship but they failed to do that as Max O'Dowd departed after scoring 29 runs. The Netherlands kept on losing the wickets at regular intervals and the pressure was piling up on them.
Colin Ackermann and Teja Nidamanuru got well settled in the middle and kept the run rate ticking. This duo glued a partnership of 46 runs for the 6th wicket. Colin Ackermann fell prey to Wellington Masakadza in the 32nd over. Ackermann departed after scoring 50 runs off 72 balls.
It would be fair to say that it was a day of tailenders with the bat. Zimbabwe's tailenders scored an ample amount of runs and took Zimbabwe to a respectful total. In the same way, Netherlands tailenders held the fort in the later half of the innings.
Teja Nidamanuru and Shariz Ahmad kept the run rate ticking and glued a brilliant partnership of 110 of 97 balls for the 7th wicket. Teja Nidamanuru played an anchor role in this partnership and accelerated his innings at the right moment. All was going well for the Netherlands but in the 47th over Ahmad got run out after scoring 30 runs off 37 balls.
Teja was the last hope for the dutch fans and he continued sending the oddballs towards the fence. Teja played a majestic knock of 110* runs and took his team over the line. A short cameo by Paul Van Meekeren of 21* runs off 9 balls helped the dutch side to win this encounter with a ball to spare.
From bowling point of view, Wellington Masakadza was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe, he scalped 3 wickets and gave away just 36 runs in his 10-over spell. Richard Ngarava scalped a couple of wickets and Brad Evans got a solitary wicket.
Earlier in the game, the Netherlands won the toss and invited Zimbabwe to bat first. Netherlands bowlers bowled beautifully with the new ball and pushed the Zimbabwe batters on the backfoot right from the word go. There was some uneven bounce offered from the surface, and the dutch bowlers made full use of it. Zimbabwe lost 3 big wickets in the powerplay at a score of just 45 runs. They were losing wickets at regular intervals which dented their run rate in the first half of their innings. They went from 48-3 to 98-7 in flash. At one moment it looked like it would be difficult for Zimbabwe to get to a total of even 150 runs.
But the credit goes to the duo of Clive Madande and Wellington Masakadza. This duo batted with sheer grit and determination. They orchestrated an excellent partnership of 70 runs for the 8th wicket. Masakadza departed in an unwanted fashion in the 38th over after scoring 34 runs. Masakadza got runout. Clive held one end pretty well and kept the run rate ticking he was accompanied by Richard Ngarava in the middle. This duo glued a partnership of 66 runs for the 9th wicket. Richard Ngarava departed after playing a quick-fired cameo of 35 of 27 balls. Clive Madande played a magnificent inning of 74 runs from 98 balls and took his team to a total of 249 runs.
From a bowling point of view, Fred Klaassen was exceptional with the new ball, he scalped three wickets in 9.3 over spell. Paul Van Meekeren scalped a couple of wickets in his 9-over spell.
Stay tuned for the post-match presentation ceremony.
Meekeren finishes the game in style!!
49.5 B Evans to Meekeren
6 SiXXX!! That's it! Meekeren finishes the match in style!! Netherlands won this match by 3 wickets!!! Back of the length ball in the middle stump line, Meekeren picks it early and smashes it over the square leg as the ball sails into the stands for a six.
Scores are level now!!!! The Netherlands need just 1 run off 2 balls. Tighten your seatbelts folks!!! It's going all down to the wire.
49.4 B Evans to T Nidamanuru
1 Fuller ball on the off, Nidamanuru hits it to mid-off for a single.
49.3 B Evans to T Nidamanuru
0 Yorker ball on the off stump, Nidamanuru drills it out back to the bowler.
Evans pulls off his run up at the last moment. He was just trying to mankad Meekeren but Meekeren was already in his crease.
Dropped at the covers! The Netherlands need 2 off 4 balls now. Ballance was the man there.
49.2 B Evans to Meekeren
1 Back of the length ball on off, Meekeren hits it uppishly to short cover but the fielder fails to collect the catch and the pair takes a single.
49.1 B Evans to T Nidamanuru
1 Fuller ball on off, Nidamanuru drives it to covers for a single.
4 runs off 6 balls now!
Paul van Meekeren
48.6 B Muzarabani to Meekeren
2 Fuller ball in the middle and Meekeren flicks it to mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
48.5 B Muzarabani to Meekeren
2 Yorker ball in the middle stump, Meekeren hits it to mid-wicket for a couple of runs.