Match Details

NED vs ZIM 5th Match, WCQ 2023

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ZIM
319-440.5
Zimbabwe won by 6 wickets ๐Ÿ†
NED
50.0315-6
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S Raza Logo
S Raza Jersy

102

(54)

S Raza
102(54)
4s: 6
6s: 8
SR:188.89
+
R Burl Logo
R Burl Jersy

16

(19)

R Burl
16(19)
4s: 0
6s: 0
SR:84.21
L van Beek Logo
L van Beek Jersy

0-48

(6.5)

L van Beek

0-48(6.5)
Econ: 7.02
38th Over:
1
0
1
1
2
6
 
= 11
39th Over:
1
0
6
6
6
0
 
= 19
Last Over:
1
0
0
1
1
2
 
= 5
This Over:
0
1
6
2
6
 
= 15
ZIMZIM - 2nd Innings
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10 Over 5548
15 Over 8387
20 Over 120138
25 Over 172169
30 Over 206209
35 Over 249251
NEDNED - 1st Innings
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10 Over 4357
20 Over 109118
30 Over 171169
35 Over 198199
40 Over 230234
50 Over 313315
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So, thatโ€™s it from his Group A fixture of ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023. Zimbabwe defeated the Netherlands comfortably today and they are back at the top of the table. Join us tomorrow for some Group B action and stay tuned for more cricketing action from around the world. For now, this is Megh Mandaliya, signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Ayan Chatterjee alongside our scorer/analyst Dushyant Madhukar Kumar. Cheers!
Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe Captain): "Look, I think the chase pleased me. We were not great with the ball. Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza were brilliant. Amazing ball striking and they cantered through. It was a tricky start. It was a good wicket and once you are in, it's hard to defend the score. I think we should have restricted to 290 here, but gave away too many runs. I think we had lots of options and Raza bowled well and the spinners bowled well as a whole. Wessly is good with the new ball. But he did not bowl well, but he will come back stronger. We have got so many bowling options that it's hard to bowl 10 overs. I think Blessing needs to bowl 10 overs and Ngarava. But it depends. Nothing more to say to be honest. Just keep winning and keeping the momentum going."  
Scott Edwards (Netherlands Captain): "Yeah, I thought we had ourselves in the game. Having said that, we dropped a lot of catches and this was a good wicket to bat. Yeah, I am just disappointed right now. The conditions were also a little bit different as compared to what we had a couple of months ago. But as I said, 315 was enough to win us the game. Sikandar Raza is obviously a serious batter. If their batters get going, they can be really dangerous. We didn't bowl well and they were able to capitalize. Ready to go for the next game. It's a long tournament so, I am happy with where we are right now."  
7:48 PM IST | Time for the post-match presentation...
Sikandar Raza (Player of the Match): "Yes, as much as I smile. The job is not done. We have plenty of work to do and I am smiling inside. This is just the start. We back ourselves. We were scoring 350+ here. The Dutch boys did their bit. The platform was there and I took on the bowling and played merit to the ball. I have got good scores and as long as my team is winning. Does not matter who scores. Happy with the performance. Thank God for blessing us with the win and happy with our performance. But this is just the start. A long tournament ahead of us."    
Sikandar Raza has been awarded the Player of the Match award for his all-round performance.  
7:37 PM IST | That will do it for Zimbabwe! They have trounced the Netherlands by 6 wickets to win two games in a row in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023. The home crowd is absolutely elated. The Craig Ervine-led side has chased 316 with nearly 9 overs to spare. This has been a belligerent victory for the hosts. The Dutch must be extremely disappointed after a good batting performance in the first innings.

Chasing a competitive total of 316, Craig Ervine and Joylord Gumbie took the hosts to a sedate start as the Dutch bowlers were able to stem the flow of runs inside the first half of the powerplay. However, it didn't take the Zimbabwean skipper Ervine long enough to get into his element and break the shackles. Ervine continued where he left off in the previous game and cashed in on the looseners. Gumbie bided his time in the middle while Ervine went on an assault and completed his 19th half-century in ODI cricket. The 80-run opening partnership was broken by Vikramjit Singh as Ervine had to walk back for 50(48) courtesy of an excellent catch by Clayton Floyd. 

Sean Williams, the next batter in, also stepped on the gas straight away and pushed the Netherlands on the backfoot. Gumbie 40(55) was supplied a couple of lifelines but the right-hander failed to capitalize on that as Shariz Ahmad got rid of him a googly. Zimbabwe lost another wicket soon after as Wessly Madhevere was dismissed on 10(11) but Sikandar Raza once again rose to the occasion and snatched the game away from the Dutch. The left-right pair of Williams and Raza batted ferociously in the middle overs and swatted the bowlers all across the park.

The 84-run partnership for the fourth wicket was broken by Bas de Leede as the southpaw Williams had to walk back after an audacious knock of 91(58), which included 10 fours and 2 maximums to his credit. Raza continued to bat with an attacking mindset and made a mockery of this chase. The right-hander Raza completed his century in just 54 balls, which is the fastest by any Zimbabwean batter in ODI cricket. Raza aggregated a magnificent 102*(54) with the help of 6 fours and 8 maximums. Shariz Ahmad was the most successful bowler for the Netherlands but he leaked 62 runs in 6 overs.

Earlier in the day, after being invited to bat first,
Vikramjit and Max O'Dowd registered their highest opening stand in 50-over cricket. O'Dowd completed his 9th half-century in ODI cricket before Sikandar Raza finally drew the first blood and broke the 120-run opening stand by dismissing O'Dowd 59(67). The golden arm of Raza delivered goods again as the right-arm spinner uprooted Wesley Barresi for 4(6). After losing two quick wickets, the right-handed Scott Edwards paired up with Vikramjit to revive the Dutch innings by adding 96 runs for the 3rd wicket. 

Both Vikramjit and Edwards batted with controlled aggression and they were dictating the play with precision but it was Sikandar Raza again who provided two breakthroughs in quick succession and changed the complexion of the game. Vikramjit holed out in the deep for 88(111) before Raza had the woods over Bas de Leede 4(8). Skipper Edwards kept pegging away and brought out heaps of reverse paddles. He accumulated a well-constructed 83(72). Saqib Zulfiqar also chipped in with 34*(31) and helped his side go past the 300-run mark. Sikandar Raza mixed his pace well and bagged his career-best ODI figures (4/55).

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Glorious from Sikandar Raza. The fastest century by a Zimbabwean cricketer ever. His 7th ODI hundred and this is Zimbabwe's third highest chase in ODI history. 
40.5 Beek to S Raza
6 SIXXX! Sikandar Raza, you beauty. This is the fastest century by any Zimbabwean batter in ODI cricket. Fuller and outside off with the pace being taken off, Raza gets on the front foot and clobbers that through the line as the ball sails over the long-off fence for half a dozen. This is exceptional from the right-hander and he has guided his team to a massive victory. 
40.4 Beek to S Raza
2 Back of a length delivery and outside off, Raza pulls that to deep square leg for a couple of runs. 
40.3 Beek to S Raza
6 SIXX! Zimbabwe are just one hit away from a massive victory. Short of a length delivery on the top of the leg stump, Raza stays deep inside the crease, uses the pace of the ball, and hoicks that over deep backward square leg for a maximum. 
40.2 Beek to R Burl
1 Good length and slower on the middle and leg stump, Burl with soft hands tucks that to deep fine leg for a single. 
40.1 Beek to R Burl
0 Over the wicket. Good length delivery around off-stump, Burl leans forward and blocks that into the surface for a dot. 
OVER 40
Zimbabwe
304/4
Sikandar Raza
88(51)
Ryan Burl
15(17)
Clayton Floyd
0-42(7.0)
39.6 C Floyd to S Raza
2 A low full toss here, Raza drives it through the covers for a couple of runs to end the over. 
39.5 C Floyd to R Burl
1 Fuller length on the pads, Burl tucks it away for a single to the square leg region. 
This sums up the Netherlands' day. Another catch drop and Raza survives. He would want to finish the game now. 
39.4 C Floyd to S Raza
1 Fuller length here, Raza goes up and over covers and miscues it straight up in the air, Max comes underneath it and puts it down. A dolly put down here. 
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