T20 WC: Netherlands make a comeback, Zimbabwe almost out of the race for semi-finals

New Delhi. Netherlands beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets in Adelaide on Wednesday (November 2). With this win, the Netherlands upset the points table and virtually knocked the Zimbabwe team out of the race for the semi-finals. Now the semi-finals from Group 2 are between India, South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh. One match of this group is to be played today. India and Bangladesh will compete on this ground. This win is special for the Netherlands. Each team in Group 2 is now with at least one win. Now Netherlands has 2 points in Super 12.

Earlier, despite the fine innings of Sikandar Raza, Zimbabwe’s team was bundled out for 117 runs against the Netherlands in the ICC T20 World Cup match here. Star all-rounder Raza scored 40 runs in 24 balls. He hit three fours and as many sixes during his innings. Apart from him, only Sean Williams (28) could reach double digits. Zimbabwe’s entire team was reduced to 19.2 overs.

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For the Netherlands, fast bowler Paul Van Meekeren was the most successful bowler, taking three wickets for 29 runs. Bass de Leede (2 for 14), Logan Van Beek (2 for 17) and Brandon Glover (2 for 29) also took two wickets each.

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In this ‘Do or Die’ match, Zimbabwe’s team played 66 balls empty, which can be guessed how much the batsmen had to struggle to score runs. Raza looked in good rhythm and hit many catchy shots but when it looked like he would take the team to a challenging score, De Leede waved the ball in the air and caught it to Fred Klaasen.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Zimbabwe’s team could score only 20 runs in the power play. He lost the wickets of captain Craig Irvine (03), Regis Chakabwa (05) and Wesley Madhevere (01) during this period. Raza then retaliated and increased the run rate. He shared a partnership of 48 runs in 35 balls with Sean Williams. Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular intervals and the entire team was reduced to the 20th over after Van Meekeren’s dismissal of Williams broke the pair.

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