South Africa and the Netherlands locked horns in the Super 12 round of the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022 in Adelaide. In a must-win game for the Proteas, they decided to field first. This game didn’t just have the interest of South African fans. Fans from Pakistan and Bangladesh were also looking at this game closely as their semis hopes lay on this.
In simple words, the Dutch win meant that the likes of Pakistan and Bangladesh could have a realistic chance of qualifying for the semis. They will play next for a spot in the semis at the same venue. Meanwhile, coming back to the South Africa-Netherlands games, the European side had a decent start. Stephen Myburgh punished the Proteas’ bowling attack with 30-ball 37.
Former South Australia player, Tom Cooper came in and punish the opposition bowlers with 19-ball 35. He used all his experience of playing at this venue over the years. After his wicket, cameos from Colin Ackerman (41*) and skipper Scott Edwards (12*0 helped the team reach a fighting total of 158/4.
The Netherlands signed off the tournament with an upset
In reply, the Green Brigade were expected to win the game easily as they have been one of the strongest contenders for the title. However, as it turned out, they shockingly ‘choked’ against the associate team. The Temba Bavuma-led side had a good start as Quinton de Kock and the skipper himself scored 21 runs in 2.4 overs. De Kock could score big as he got out after scoring run-a-ball 13. Bavuma followed next on the last ball of the powerplay.
Even at this stage, the team had players such as David Miller, Heinrich Klassen, Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, etc in the middle order. They were expected to take the team over the line. However, the lack of big partnerships and individual scores led to the team losing the game by 13 runs. With this win, the Dutch have partly assured a direct qualification for the 2024 20-20 World Cup. Now, they need Pakistan to beat Bangladesh next to stay in the fourth spot of the Group Two points table.
This is how Twitter reacted
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) November 6, 2022
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) November 6, 2022
After the enormous success of Round One of the World Cup, the Super 12 stage has further underlined the scope of cricket’s growth opportunity with Ireland, Netherlands & Zimbabwe all landing massive wins v established teams. #T20WorldCup https://t.co/kfc1uUPKn9
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) November 6, 2022
Irrespective of what happens next, the Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Ireland, even Namibia and Scotland, have demanded more opportunities in T20 cricket. This World Cup should lead to a greater democratisation of our game.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 6, 2022
— Sportskeeda (@Sportskeeda) November 6, 2022
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) November 6, 2022
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— Dimuth Karunarathna (@IamDimuth) November 6, 2022