New Zealand Beat Netherlands in ICC World Cup 2023: Black Caps Make It Two in a Row
New Zealand’s flawless start to the Men’s Cricket World Cup continued with a commanding 99-run victory over the Netherlands in Hyderabad.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, New Zealand put on a strong batting performance to post 322-7 in their 50 overs. Openers Will Young (70) and Tom Latham (57) provided a solid start with a 100-run partnership. Rachin Ravindra then contributed 51 runs to take the total past 300. Some late hitting from Mitchell Santner, who scored 36 off 17 balls, pushed the score to 322. At one point 350+ looked achievable, but the Dutch bowlers restricted New Zealand in the final overs. Additionally, you can also read about- ICC World Cup 2023 New Zealand Team Analysis [Key Players to Watch]
Consistent Bowling Attack Restricts Netherlands
The Netherlands run chase never gained momentum as New Zealand’s bowlers consistently took wickets. Matt Henry (3-40) struck early, before spinners Mitchell Santner (5-59) and Rachin Ravindra (1-46) slowed the scoring rate. Colin Ackermann top-scored for Netherlands with a valiant 69, but inconsistent running between wickets and poor shot selection led to regular fall of wickets. The Dutch were bowled out for 223 in the 47th over.
Clinical New Zealand Eye Third Consecutive World Cup Final
The win cements New Zealand’s status as one of the favorites at the World Cup. Their clinical performance builds on their opening thrashing of hosts England. The return of captain Kane Williamson and pace bowler Tim Southee from injury will further strengthen the side. The Kiwis now have two wins out of two games as they aim to reach a third consecutive World Cup final. Their next match is against Bangladesh on October 14. If you want you can also read – ICC World Cup 2023 Netherlands Team Analysis [Predictions and More]