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26-Jun-2019 04:36:00 GMT
Net vs Zim - 2nd T20I, Rotterdam

Zimbabwe secure Super Over win against Netherlands

Rotterdam: The second T20I in Rotterdam seesawed wildly into a dramatic tie and a Super Over finish in which Zimbabwe scored 18 thanks to Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura, before Tendai Chatara held his nerve to keep Netherlands to just 9 for 1 in response.

Chatara's mettle helped Zimbabwe secure their first win of the tour - and a 1-1 series draw - but it was Roelof van der Merwe who almost stole the show as he snatched a tie out of an almost hopeless situation to set up the Super Over decider.

Having lost the ODI leg of the series 2-0, Zimbabwe secured their first win of the Netherlands tour by forcing the second T20I into a Super Over affair.

Reeling in the second half of a chase of 152, Ryan Burl and Elton Chigumbura came up fighting contributions to script Zimbabwe's comeback.

However, with one required for victory, a run out off the last ball forced the match into the Super Over where Zimbabwe proved far superior, scoring 18 before restricting Netherlands to 9 to win the one-over eliminator to square the two-match T20I series.

Brief scores:
Netherlands 152 for 8 (O'Dowd 56, Williams 2-28) tied with Zimbabwe 152 (Taylor 40, van der Merwe 4-35)
Zimbabwe 18 for 0 beat Netherlands 9 for 1 in the Super Over

Zimbabwe needed 13 off the final over and Chigumbura took them the brink with consecutive, mighty leg-side hits that levelled the scores. But in a blazing display of bravura, van der Merwe conjured up a dot ball followed by three wickets to keep them from going past.

Van der Merwe, who finished with 4 for 34, had also been crucial in helping his team overcome Taylor's electric start in the chase. With Netherlands having put up 152 for 8, thanks mainly to Max O'Dowd's third fifty of the tour, Taylor was shunted up to open the batting in international cricket for the first time in seven years.

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