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02-Nov-2022 15:20:00 GMT
Zim vs Net - 34th match Super 12 Group 2, Adelaide

Netherlands Clinical show knock Zimbabwe out

Netherlands 120 for 5 (O'Dowd 52, Cooper 32, Ngarava 2-18, Muzarabani 2-23) beat Zimbabwe 117 (Raza 40, van Meekeren 3-29, de Leede 2-14) by five wickets

Adelaide: Zimbabwe are all but out of the Men's T20 World Cup after a five-wicket defeat by the Netherlands in Adelaide.

Max O'Dowd hit a composed 52 from 46 balls as the Dutch chased down their target of 118 with 12 balls to spare.

Paul van Meekeren had earlier taken 3-29 to help dismiss Zimbabwe for 117, despite Sikandar Raza's 24-ball 40.

Zimbabwe need an extraordinary set of results to reach the semi-finals, including a heavy win over India in their final Group 2 game.

They would also need other games to be washed out.

The Netherlands, who had already been eliminated, pick up their first victory of the Super 12s stage, though it is not enough to lift them off the bottom of the group.

Zimbabwe, who have never reached the semi-finals of an ICC tournament, knew they had to win to realistically keep their last four hopes alive.

But after winning the toss and choosing to bat under cloudy skies, they limped to 20-3 in the powerplay and never really recovered.

All-rounder Raza continued his fine tournament with a punchy counter-attack, hitting three fours and three sixes, while Sean Williams added 28 from 23 deliveries.

But Williams' dismissal triggered a collapse, with the final six wickets falling for 49 runs and no other player reaching double figures.

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