New Zealand has defeated the Netherlands by 99 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Mitchell Santner’s mesmeric bowling performance turned out to be the key for the Kiwis, ensuring the Netherlands were unable to chase down the competitive target set.
Earlier in the day, the Dutch bowlers started strong, bowling three maiden overs successively. However, Kiwi openers Devon Conway and Will Young weren’t deterred and soon launched an offensive with a flurry of boundaries. The duo’s swift partnership was eventually broken by Roelof van der Merwe in the 13th over, after they had added 67 runs.
Young’s stellar innings was halted by Paul van Meekeren after the former scored a fluent 70 off 80 balls. Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra took the baton forward, piling on runs and defying the Dutch bowlers. Mitchell’s brief yet fiery stint and Tom Latham’s composed half-century pushed New Zealand to a challenging total of 322/7. Santner’s quick-fire 36* off just 17 balls was the cherry on top, giving New Zealand the final push.
However, the real magic unfolded when New Zealand took the field. Santner’s spin web ensnared the Dutch batters, making scoring an arduous task. Colin Ackermann stood tall with a gritty 69 off 73 balls, but with Santner’s persistent pressure and support from other Kiwi bowlers, the Netherlands were kept on a tight leash. Santner’s remarkable figures of 5-59 were instrumental in restricting the Dutch to 223, ensuring a comfortable victory for New Zealand.
Latham Lauds Kiwi Spinners After Decisive Win Over Netherlands
New Zealand’s captain Tom Latham couldn’t hide his delight following the Blackcaps’ impressive 99-run victory over the Netherlands in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The New Zealanders, buoyed by two straight wins, have firmly positioned themselves as a force to reckon with in the tournament.
The victory was characterized by a sensational bowling display, with the Kiwi spinners, in particular, turning the screws on the Dutch batters. Mitchell Santner, with a stellar spell, emerged as the linchpin of the attack, proving too tricky for most of the Netherlands’ lineup.
Commenting on his team’s performance, Latham said, “Spinners were outstanding, and the big boys did a great job up front.” The skipper also had words of appreciation for Lockie Ferguson, expressing his pleasure at seeing him back in action. On the batting front, Latham reflected on the importance of building partnerships, which, according to him, set up the competitive total.
Santner’s Stellar Performance Powers New Zealand to Victory Over Netherlands
Despite cruising to a comfortable 99-run triumph over the Netherlands, New Zealand’s ace spinner, Mitchell Santner, took a humble stance, admitting he did not deliver his best bowling performance against the Dutch side. Nevertheless, his efforts were enough to land him the Player of the Match accolade for his commendable figures of 5/59 and a brisk unbeaten 36 off just 17 balls. With this achievement, Santner etched his name in the record books, becoming the first spinner to secure a five-wicket haul for New Zealand in the men’s ODI World Cup.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Santner reflected, “Not too bad, credit to the boys upfront with the bat, they gave us a solid platform. Though there was a hiccup in the middle, we managed to go past the 320-mark.” He added that the conditions under lights made the ball skid a bit, which the Kiwi bowlers capitalized on to restrict their opponents effectively.
Even as he rejoiced in the five-wicket haul, Santner confessed, “It was nice tonight, got a lot of purchase. Didn’t bowl my best tonight but am pleased to get the rewards.”
- New Zealand 322/7 (Will Young 70, Tom Latham 53; Roelof van der Merwe 2-56)
- Netherlands 223 (Colin Ackermann 69, Scott Edwards 30; Mitchell Santner 5-59).