Adelaide: In a World Cup full of twists and turns, the Netherlands pulled off a shock 13-run win to send South Africa crashing out of the marquee tournament. Moreover, their victory on Sunday secured India’s berth in the semi-finals.
What a win it is for team Netherlands! Not only them and their fans, but Pakistan and Bangladesh will be celebrating along with them. As the Dutch victory created a chance for them to make it through the semis.
Netherlands: 158 for 4 in 20 overs, Colin Ackermann scored highest for the Dutch 41 not out. Keshav Maharaj managed to pick up 2 for 27.
South Africa: Chasing a decent score the Proteas failed to pass the victory rope by 13 runs. Moreover, Rilee Rossouw became the highest run-getter for his team and Brandon Glover dismissed 3 of the South African batters giving only 9 runs.
Here are five major points by which South Africa lost to the Dutch
The Dutch have overcome the odds and have knocked South Africa out of the tournament. Check out five major reasons that made this party-spoiling victory possible.
Wickets at Regular Intervals, the key to the Dutch victory
Whenever the Netherlands were pushed onto their back foot, they managed to strike. All their bowlers bowled with excellent control. Fred Klaassen was brilliant but it was Glover’s two overs and the spell from Bas de Leede which won them the game.
Failed South African batting line-up
South Africa, just did not have that one batter who would help them get over the line. They needed someone to go on and plan an innings of significance but that did not happen. A few of them got off to start but none went on to make use of it. In the end, they were reliant on David Miller and Heinrich Klaassen to finish it but the two failed to do so too.
Netherlands’ plan to take the game deep in the first innings
Batting first the Dutch got themselves to a competitive total thanks to some handy contributions from the top order. Colin Ackermann, the player of the match, mentioned that the pitch was slow and there was a bit of turn, but the plan was to take the game deep, and luckily the boundaries flowed at the end.
Conditions in Dutch favor
Scott Edwards, the victorious skipper, while speaking in the post-match presentation added that they are quite used to such conditions in the Netherlands. The cold and wet weather made the pitch slower than expected. While for the Proteas it was the polar opposite of their home conditions, it favored the Dutch.
Lack of intent shown by the South African contingent
Regardless of getting a decent start Temba Bavuma’s poor captaincy couldn’t prevent the leak of boundaries in the first innings. Which led to the Netherlands being in a good position managing to put up a challenging target. On top of that, neither the captain, Temba Bavuma nor any other player understood the demand of the game. Just one anchoring innings was required to chase the 158-run target. However, the Proteas lacked that.
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