New Zealand vs Netherlands match started on Monday, 9 October 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. This Match Is the 6th World Cup match that started at 2:00 p.m.
New Zealand 322 for 7 beat Netherlands 223 by 99 runs
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New Zealand vs Netherlands Highlights
Embarking on their innings, New Zealand’s cricketing narrative unfolded with a trilogy of maidens, a seemingly subdued prelude that belied the storm that was to follow.
The crescendo, orchestrated by the triumvirate of Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, and Matt Henry, culminated in a spectacular onslaught during the final three overs, propelling the Kiwis to a commanding total of 322.
The Netherlands, in pursuit of this formidable target, initiated their chase with a measured pace that never graduated to a higher tempo.
Their hopes were eventually shattered as they succumbed at 223, solidifying New Zealand’s dominance at the zenith of the points table, a testament to their consecutive triumphs.
The accolade of Player-of-the-Match was rightfully bestowed upon Santner, whose dynamic performance showcased his prowess both with the bat and the ball.
His unbeaten 36 from 17 deliveries was a vital contribution, but it was his bowling spell of 5 for 59 that etched his name in history as the first New Zealand spinner to claim a five-for in a men’s ODI World Cup.
The zenith of Santner’s bowling display was evident in his dismissal of Scott Edwards. Employing a strategic slowdown and a wide line outside off, he enticed Edwards into a risky slog, effectively extinguishing any flicker of hope for the Netherlands at 174 for 6.
Yet, amidst the ebb and flow, the script took an intriguing turn as New Zealand, once seemingly impervious, encountered a precarious situation with the ball.
Losing three wickets for a mere 16 runs in the death overs, the scoreboard transformed from 238 for 3 in the 41st over to 254 for 6 in the 45th. However, Tom Latham emerged as the linchpin, defying the Netherlands bowlers with a gritty 53 from 46 deliveries, navigating the challenges posed by the slow and gripping pitch.
Aryan Dutt’s dismissal of Mark Chapman in the 45th over left Latham as New Zealand’s lone specialist batter. Despite the prospect of limiting New Zealand to under 300, the Netherlands faltered, letting the opportunity slip away.
Noteworthy half-centuries from Will Young and Rachin Ravindra underscored the essence of partnerships, characterizing New Zealand’s innings not by extravagant unions but by steady accumulations that defined their triumph.
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In the dynamic narrative of New Zealand’s innings, the cricketing symphony played on both sides of a pivotal partnership.
Devon Conway and Will Young orchestrated an opening act, amassing 67 runs from 73 deliveries before Conway’s departure, succumbing to the tempting allure of Roelof van der Merwe’s bowling prowess. Subsequently, Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell took center stage, contributing a brisk 41 runs at a rate surpassing one run per ball.
Ravindra, following his stellar performance of 123* against England, continued his impressive form with a well-struck 51 against Netherlands. His innings unfolded at a strike rate of 100, a display of both precision and aggression.
The climax of Ravindra’s display was a moment of finesse, squeezing a low and dipping full toss just outside off for a boundary between point and short third. However, his stay at the crease concluded when the agile Scott Edwards made a crucial catch off van der Merwe’s delivery in the 33rd over.
A stroke of luck favored Ravindra earlier when an lbw appeal by the Netherlands was denied by the umpire, the decision standing on the umpire’s call for leg stump. Mitchell, too, had a moment of reprieve, being dropped on 22 by debutant Sybrand Engelbrecht.
Mitchell went on to notch up 48 runs, adorned with five fours and two sixes, showcasing his prowess in the mid-on to mid-off region.
The spotlight, however, turned towards Will Young, whose innings became a beacon of positivity for New Zealand. Overcoming previous setbacks, he raced to 27 from 23 deliveries in the powerplay, displaying an array of strokes including drives, clips, slices, and lofted shots.
Despite a slight slowdown due to Netherlands’ spin strategy, Young reached his fifty in the 20th over and punctuated his innings with a six over the bowler’s head off Colin Ackermann. His departure at 70 off 80 balls marked the end of an innings that laid a sturdy foundation for New Zealand’s formidable total.
Facing the daunting task of chasing a substantial total, the Netherlands found a semblance of steadiness only when Colin Ackermann and Teja Nidamanuru stitched together a 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
However, a late misjudgment by Ackermann, choosing to send Nidamanuru back after an attempted second run, resulted in the latter’s run-out. Despite Ackermann’s composed 69, Netherlands struggled to surpass the 30-run contribution from Scott Edwards, leaving them short in their pursuit.
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