The Netherlands beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets in the 34th game of the T20 World Cup. Playing first, Zimbabwe were unable to play to the full and were eliminated after scoring 117 runs, in response the Netherlands scored 120/5 with two overs to spare. Dutch batsman Max O’Dowd was voted player of the match for his brilliant innings.
Zimbabwe, who came to bat after winning the toss, got off to a poor start and the team’s first two players returned cheaply. Wesley Madhevere 1 and Craig Ervine were dismissed for 3 points. Zimbabwe’s third wicket fell 20 and Regis Chakabwa fell victim to Brandon Glover scoring 5. From there, Shaun Williams and Sikandar Raza managed the innings and took the score to 68. Williams scored 28 runs. The lower order batsmen were very disappointed and the team lost wickets at regular intervals and couldn’t even play full overs. Sikandar Raza scored the team’s highest 40 points. In his innings he faced 24 balls and hit three fours and three sixes. Paul van Meeckern took the three highest wickets for the Netherlands.
Dutch flyhalf Stefan Maiberg, who came out to chase the target, was fired after scoring just 8 points. Second flyhalf Max O’Dowd shared a half-century partnership with Tom Cooper to make it 90. Cooper was fired for 32 runs on 29 balls. Colin Ackerman is out after scoring 1 point. Max O’Dowd completed his half century and returned to the lodge after scoring 52 runs on 47 balls. Captain Scott Edwards couldn’t finish the game and went on to score 5 points. Leed’s Bas ended the game with a four on the last ball from 18th and handed his side their first Super 12 victory.