Cricket World Cup: Netherlands claim historic 38-run win over South Africa | Cricket news

Netherlands beat South Africa by 38 runs and in only their third ODI World Cup victory; South Africa’s next opponents are England on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event from 9am, first ball at 9.30am

19:28, United Kingdom, Tuesday 17 October 2023

Netherlands claimed a magnificent scalp in the Cricket World Cup when they beat South Africa in rampant style in Dharamshala.

Captain Scott Edwards hit an unbeaten 78 as the previously unbeaten Dutchman shocked a Proteas side that looked impressive in their opening two matches, winning by 102 and 134 runs against Sri Lanka and Australia.

Netherlands recovered from batting 82-5 first to post 245-8 in a match reduced to 43 overs on the rain side.

In response, South Africa were struggling at 44-4 and then 145-7 when top scorer David Miller (43) became one of Logan van Beek’s wickets in his 3-60 spell as the Proteas were eventually bowled out for 207 in the final over.

The Dutch’s 38-run win is their first ODI World Cup win since beating Scotland in St Kitts & Nevis in 2007.

Dream double for Dutch cricket

It was punishment for Temba Bavuma’s side as South Africa succumbed to a Dutch double and Holland claimed their second monumental upset win over the Proteas at the World Cup in less than 12 months.

Last November, Holland’s shock victory in Adelaide knocked South Africa out of the T20 World Cup and they collapsed to a 38-run defeat in the 50-over match in Dharamshala on Tuesday.

South Africa squandered a number of promising chances as their hopes of a knockout stage suffered a major setback, putting further emphasis on Saturday’s showdown against an ailing England in Mumbai.

For the Netherlands, this has to be the best win in their history because while they beat the West Indies to qualify for the tournament, this South African side is quietly considered a contender in India.

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Dutch players celebrate victory against South Africa in Dharamshala (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

The Dutch were on the ropes at 50-4 and then 112-6 but captain Edwards rescued them from the seventh over.

His unbeaten 78 off 69 balls was complemented by important cameos from Roelof van der Merwe (29 off 19) and Aryan Dutt (23 not out off nine) as Holland posted a healthy 245-8.

Bavuma and Quinton de Kock, who scored centuries in wins over Sri Lanka and Australia, started well but the pair plus Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen departed within 21 deliveries.

A 36-0 lead turned into 44-4 before Heinrich Klaasen and Miller put on a run-a-ball 45 to steady the ship. However, Klaasen’s dismissal left South Africa’s hopes on Miller alone.

Falling out for 23 in the deep seemed a momentous moment, but a jaffa pop from the dangerous Van Beek clipped the top of Miller’s off-stump as he departed for 43 to end all South African hopes.

Bas de Leede, who sniped the turret to free Miller, got revenge by dismissing Gerald Coetzee and Kagiso Rabada and Van Beek caught Keshav Maharaj in the last over as South Africa were 207 all out.

It was a superb combined bowling effort as Van Beek took 3-60 while Van der Merwe and Paul van Meekeren bagged two wickets each as the Dutch celebrated their first ODI World Cup win in 16 years.

South Africa next face England, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event from 9am on Saturday 21 October.

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