Holland loses Thriller as Zimbabwe bounces back to level series

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Zimbabwe 271 (Williams 77, Madande 52, Madvere 43, Charis 5-43) Beat Netherlands 270 (O’Dowd 81, Cooper 74, Madhevia 3-36, Raza 3-39)

The Netherlands were forced to spoil a delicate margin of the game by losing by one point to Zimbabwe in Thursday’s second One Day International.

Had the Netherlands won, it would have been a first-day series win against a playtesting nation away from home, but they still have an opportunity to do so in Saturday’s decider at the same venue.

If it was the Dutch who pulled off an unexpected comeback in the first match, it was Zimbabwe’s turn to score a nerve-wracking last-ball thriller on a day when 13 wickets went into a spin.

Playing his fourth ODI for the Netherlands, Shariz Ahmad took his first five-wicket hole and spun out the hosts for 271. A partnership between Sean Williams (77) and Clive Madande (52).

In response, the Dutch batsman got off to a calm start and went for pole position to win behind a 125-run stand for the second wicket between Max O’Dowd (81) and Tom Cooper (74) of half a century. I was.

O’Dowd’s dismissal in 41 overs was ruled LBW by Sikander Raza and saw the Dutch lose their last eight wickets for 73 runs in a cataclysmic collapse.

Madhevere’s hat-trick played an important role

Zimbabwe’s part-time off-spinner Wessly Madhevere, who had previously scored 43 with the bat, scored a hat-trick in 44 overs to blow Dutch hopes. Colin Ackermann stumped on the first ball of the over before Madhevere bowled back-to-back deliveries by Teja Nidamanul, the centurion of the first game, and Paul van Miekkelen.

Faced with an increased run rate, Dutch hitters were forced to look for boundaries, resulting in Scott Edwards, 36, and Moussa Nadeem Ahmad hitting deep full tosses in space on three deliveries from Raza. was involved in Second to last over.

With one wicket in hand and 19 demanded from the last over, Ryan Klein hit boundary from pacemaker Tendai Chatala before Fred Klaasen hit the penultimate ball to the ground for a six. rice field. Needing a boundary on the last ball, Klein ran out in dramatic fashion.

Asked if the late dismissal was a turning point, Edwards said: “It wasn’t ideal because if you hit six extra runs you could have won the game.” rice field.

“Most players play T20 cricket and plan. I told you to find out where the is and see if you can uncover it.

“Our bowlers did a great job getting us back in the game after the game started.

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/03/netherlands-lose-a-thriller-as-zimbabwe-bounce-back-to-level-the-series/ Holland loses Thriller as Zimbabwe bounces back to level series

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