Netherlands pulled off a huge upset in ICC World Cup 2023 Qualifiers as they handed West Indies their second defeat in as many games to knock them out of the ODI World Cup 2023 set to take place in India later this year. Chasing a huge target of 375, Teja Nidamanuru produced a batting masterclass, scoring 111 in 76 balls and helping his side to reach 374/9 in 50 overs. The crowd witnessed a Super Over as the match got tied. In the Super Over, Logan van Beek played a brutal knock and blasted Jason Holder for 30 runs, smashing three fours and three sixes.
Van Beek turned out to be the hero of the day as he successfully defended 30 runs with superb bowling. Although the right-arm fast bowler conceded six off the first ball, he held his nerves to seal a miraculous win for the Netherlands. West Indies managed to score just 8 runs in the Super Over.
Batting first, West Indies got off to a great start as Brandon King and Johnson Charles added 101 runs for the opening wicket. Vivian Kingma gave the much-needed breakthrough by trapping Charles (54) LBW in the 18th over. Saqib Zulfiqar then dismissed Sharmarh Brooks who chipped in with 25 runs. In his next over, Zulfiqar got rid of King (76) who looked well-settled and deserved to hit a century.
West Indies skipper Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran rebuilt their team’s innings with a brilliant partnership of 108 runs for the fourth wicket. Hope walked back to the dressing room after Bas de Leede dismissed him for a score of 47. On the other end, Pooran continued to play his attacking game and scored runs at a good strike rate of 160. Pooran’s unbeaten 104 and Keemo Paul’s fine cameo of 46 runs propelled West Indies to a huge total of 374/6 in 50 overs.
The Dutch started their chase brilliantly, with Max O Dowd (36) and Vikramjit Singh (37) adding 76 for the first wicket. But the Windies made a strong comeback by reducing the Netherlands to 170/4 in 30 overs. But Nidamanuru played a blinder and along with Scott Edwards (67) took his side to 313 in the 45 overs. Roston Chase made a crucial breakthrough by dismissing Edwards and Nidamanuru also departed soon.
However, van Beek quick-fired 28 to the Netherlands alive in the hunt. Alzarri Joseph dismissed van Beek off the last ball, taking the game to Super Over. And finally, the Dutch secured a satisfying win. Also, if you want to start betting on the sport, check some of our Cricket Betting Tips.