South Africa vs Netherlands, World Cup 2023: Massive Upset! Netherlands Stun World No. 3 South Africa
South Africa vs Netherlands, World Cup 2023 Highlights: A few days after Afghanistan stunned defending champions England, world No. 14 Netherlands caused another huge upset by beating South Africa
- NDTV Sports Desk
- Updated: October 18, 2023 12:01 AM IST
South Africa vs Netherlands, World Cup 2023 Highlights: This World Cup is turning out to be a tournament of upsets! A few days after Afghanistan stunned defending champions England, world No. 14 Netherlands caused another huge upset by beating South Africa. Netherlands kept the believe in themselves despite facing a heavyweight team like South Africa, who are the No. 3 ranked ODI team currently. However, Netherlands did not let their lower ranking affect them as they won against South Africa by 38 runs. (Scorecard)
Batting first, in the rain-affected match, Scott Edwards played a captain's knock to lead the Netherlands' remarkable recovery and take them to 245 for eight in a rain-hit game against South Africa in the World Cup in Dharamsala on Tuesday. Intermittent rain added an extra chill in the mountain air and reduced the game to 43-over a side contest. South Africa expectedly opted to bowl amid the overcast sky and their bunch of formidable pacers including Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi, got a lot out of the surface. However, their death overs bowling left a lot to be desired as the Netherlands plundered 68 runs in the last five overs. The Netherlands were struggling at 140 for seven in the 34th over. Edwards (78 off 69) shared an entertaining 64-run partnership off 37 balls with Roelof van der Merwe (29 off 19) towards the end of the innings to take the team past 200.
In reply, South African batters, barring the exception of David Miller and Keshav Maharaj, showed no gumption to fight as Netherlands bowlers jolted their innings at regular intervals. Ultimately, South Africa were all out for 207.