Scores Upcoming Results
20-Jun-2023 15:50:00 GMT
2023 ICC World Cup Qualifier

Zimbabwe chase down Record 316 as beat Netherlands

Zimbabwe 319 for 4 (Raza 102*, Williams 91, Shariz 2-62) beat Netherlands 315 for 6 (Vikramjit 88, Edwards 83, Raza 4-55) by six wickets

Harare: Impeccable onslaughts from Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza ensured Zimbabwe's second consecutive win in the tournament.

This was their third highest successful chase in ODIs, with Raza reaching the fastest-ever ODI century for Zimbabwe when he hit the winning runs with a six.

With this victory, the Chevrons have further boosted their claim for a place in the Super Six.

In pursuit of 316, Zimbabwe's response was led by their skipper, Craig Ervine.

He hit nine fours during a quality knock of 50, and added 81 runs for the first wicket.

Ervine, however, fell in the 14th over after he miscued a Vikramjit Singh delivery towards mid-wicket where Clayton Floyd took a diving catch.

Arriving at number three, Sean Williams continued in the same free-flowing form which had brought him a century in the last game against Nepal.

Along with Joylord Gumbie, who survived a number of close calls, he added 62 from 44 balls.

The stand finally fell when Gumbie (40) ran out of luck and was bowled off a beauty from Shariz Ahmad.

Raza's arrival at the wicket meant that Zimbabwe's run-rate picked up even further.

The duo were particularly brutal in Saqib Zulfiqar's first over, taking 17 runs off the leg-spinner.

Williams fell agonizingly short of his second consecutive hundred, when he gave away his wicket in the 35th over to Bas de Leede, but Zimbabwe were already way ahead in the game at this stage.

Raza, complimented his four-for with a blistering century which came off merely 54 balls. His blitz included a hat-trick of sixes against young spinner, Shariz. This was the fastest ODI hundred by a Zimbabwe batter.

The Dutch welcomed back de Leede. The player, who came after fulfilling county duties for Durham, was a late arrival into the setup.

Zimbabwe stuck to the XI which won them the opening encounter against Nepal.

Netherlands openers took advantage of a good batting strip in the opening hour. Opener Max O'Dowd, who had an average of 71 against Zimbabwe before this game, showed positive intent and was among runs from the very start.

His partner, Vikramjit Singh, took his time to settle but eventually opened his arms.

Together the duo hit nine boundaries in their first 10 overs to get Netherlands to 57 without loss. They upped the ante after that and ensured that the Dutch crossed 100 without loss by the 17th over.

While the frontline bowlers leaked runs, all-rounders Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza helped slow down the scoring rate with their disciplined bowling. And it was Raza, who brought the first breakthrough in the 21st over when he castled O'Dowd for 59.

In his very next over, Raza had Wesley Barresi bowled after the batter missed a switch hit and edged the ball onto his stumps.

The Dutch skipper Scott Edwards rejuvenated the Netherlands innings with a purposeful knock.

With Vikramjit, he added 96 from merely 97 balls.

In this stand, his contribution was 49 off 48, and by the 38th over, Netherlands were placed at 221/2 and looked all set to cross the 300-run mark with ease.

However, Raza (4/55) returned to torment the Dutch. He got rid of the set Vikramjit for 88 in the 39th over and then uprooted de Leede's middle stump with a beauty in the 41st over.

When Richard Ngrava had Teja Nidamanuru caught for 1 to leave the Netherlands reeling at 238/5, it looked like the European side would repeat the mistakes of Nepal to miss out on a total of 300.

But an enterprising sixth wicket stand of 59 between Edwards (83) and Saqib Zulfiqar helped Netherlands cross that mark with ease.

Scores Upcoming Results
Related links