Netherlands have certified for the 2023 ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup, after dramatically defeating Scotland in a pivotal qualifying conflict in Zimbabwe.
Batting first, Scotland notched 277/9 in 50 overs. Netherlands wanted to chase the goal in 44 overs to overtake Scotland’s run-rate and qualify for the World Cup. They did so in 42.5 overs.
The Dutch, nevertheless, pulled off an astonishing entry into the World Cup by finishing the run chase in 42.5 overs courtesy of a brisk century by de Leede.
The all-rounder smashed seven boundaries and 5 sixes on his option to high rating for the Netherlands with a 92-ball 123.
Netherlands had a cautious begin to the run chase they usually have been 72/2 within the 15th over when de Leede walked into bat.
The correct-handed batter spearheaded Netherlands’ pursuit and stitched transient partnerships with Wesley Barresi (11), Teja Nidamanuru (10) and skipper Scott Edwards 25 earlier than lastly obtained delicate help on the different finish within the type of Saqib Zulfiqar.
The duo then stitched a match-defining partnership for the sixth wicket and added 113 runs in 69 deliveries to place their facet in full command. Bas de Leede obtained run out within the 43rd over when his facet wanted solely two extra runs.
Zulfiqar, alternatively, carried his bat right through and remained unbeaten with a 32-ball 33 which featured three boundaries and a six.
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Put into bat first, Scotland raised an honest whole of 276/9 within the allotted 50 overs.
High-order batter Brandon McMullen was the star for Scotland with the bat as he scored an anchoring century. He scored 106 off 110 balls, laced up with 11 boundaries and three sixes.
Skipper Richie Berrington additionally performed a cautious 64-run knock from 84 deliveries. Tomas Waterproof coat’s brisk 38-run cameo on the backend lifted Scotland to a commendable whole, which in the long run, turned out inadequate for his or her bowlers to defend.
Bas de Leede was the hero for the Netherlands with the ball additionally as he returned with 5/52 in his 10 overs. Ryan Klein bagged two wickets whereas Logan van Beek made one scalp.
Sri Lanka have already booked their place, whereas World Cup Qualifier hosts Zimbabwe missed an enormous alternative after dropping to Scotland on Tuesday.