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24-Jun-2019 05:22:00 GMT
Net vs Zim - 1st T20I, Rotterdam

Van der Merwe stars in Netherlands easy win

Rotterdam: Roelof van der Merwe's breezy undefeated 39-ball 75 laid the platform for Netherlands' comfortable 49-run victory in the first T20I of the two-match series against Zimbabwe. The visitors, in response, were bundled out for just 150 in pursuit of a target of 200.

Netherlands had beaten Zimbabwe 2-0 in the ODIs and showed no signs of letting up after they were put in to bat.

Ben Cooper struck a rip-roaring 54 off 28 balls, with five fours and two sixes, but his efforts were thoroughly put to shade when van der Merwe came in and clattered Zimbabwe all round the park.

The left-hander made 50 of his 75 runs in boundaries as Netherlands soared to 199 for 6.

Zimbabwe made a decent start to their chase with Craig Ervine making a half-century of his own, but having set themselves up at 105 for 4 at the end of 13 overs, their innings completely unraveled.

They lost five wickets for only 21 runs as Pieter Seelaar and Fred Klaassen swung the game In quite decisive fashion.

Brief scores:
Netherlands 199 for 6 (Van der Merwe 75*, Cooper 54) beat Zimbwbwe 150 (Ervine 59, Glover 3-20, Seelaar 3-28, Klaassen 3-38) by 49 runs

The tail hung around for a while but in the end they were bowled out 50 runs short of their target and one ball short of the full 20 overs.

The trio of Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen and Pieter Seelaar then backed up the efforts of van der Merwe by sharing nine spoils as Zimbabwe were snuffed out in the final over.

Craig Ervine (59), batting at number 3, top-scored for the tourists, but didn't get the required support from his teammates.

The second and final game of the series will be played in Rotterdam on June 25.

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