Tuesday, June 27, 2023

World Cup qualifying: Netherlands defeat West Indies in a nail-biting Super Over match to put them in danger


NEW DELHI: After Teja Nidamanuru's 76-ball 111, which matched Nicholas Pooran's second consecutive ton, in the Super Over, Netherlands stunned two-time champion West Indies in World Cup Qualifiers in Harare on Monday.

West Indies must now work extremely hard to qualify for the ODI World Cup after their shocking defeat to the Dutch.

Nidamanuru's blitz enabled Netherlands to tie the game and set up a Super Over finish in the high-scoring contest after Pooran's unbeaten 104 propelled West Indies to a commanding 374 for 6.

In the super over, Logan van Beek then smashed Jason Holder for 30 runs, including three fours and an equal number of sixes. He then confined West Indies to only eight off five balls, eliminating Johnson Charles and Romario Shepherd with progressive conveyances to seal an unprecedented victory.

"I have been playing for quite a while. Given how many games I've lost as a result of those circumstances, it was just satisfying to cross the finish line."

He continued, "Now we have the opportunity to go to the World Cup in India, and that is really huge."

After openers Brandon King (76) and Charles (54) both scored half-centuries, Pooran scored an unbeaten 104 off 65 balls as the West Indies posted an impressive total batting first.

With a 101-run opening partnership, King and Charles established a solid foundation. Keemo Paul followed Shai Hope's 47 with a century stand with Pooran with a quick 46 not out.

The Netherlands started the chase at 76 without losing, but it wasn't until captain Scott Edwards (67) and Nidamanuru joined forces that they looked like they might actually win.

Van Beek and Aryan Dutt took on the challenge after losing consecutive overs, but they failed to score the five runs needed off the final five balls and the game seemed to be over.

Van Beek exploded in the final over after Alzarri Joseph failed to finish off the final delivery, putting the West Indies in serious danger of missing the World Cup later this year.

Hope, the captain of the West Indies, stated, "We let ourselves down there."

We now know what needs to be done. We have unfortunately put ourselves in this predicament."

AI cricket 1 The Netherlands advance as Group A runners-up with two points, while the West Indies start with zero points and must defeat Scotland, Oman, and Sri Lanka to keep their hopes alive.

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