In a stunning upset during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, the Netherlands pulled off a remarkable victory by defeating South Africa by 38 runs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. This unexpected win marked only the third ODI World Cup victory for the Netherlands, a significant achievement after 16 years since their last win against Scotland in the West Indies.
This wasn’t the first time the Dutch cricket team had bested South Africa in recent memory. They had previously knocked South Africa out of the T20 World Cup 2022 with a surprising 13-run win in Adelaide on November 6, 2022.
The match began with the Netherlands putting up a decent total of 245 for eight, led by Scott Edwards, despite rain interruptions that shortened the contest to 43 overs a side. However, South Africa’s formidable pace attack initially troubled the Dutch top order.
The Netherlands turned the tide in their favor with an outstanding performance in the death overs. They managed to restrict South Africa to a mere 207 runs by taking crucial wickets. The early dismissals of key South African batsmen, including Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma, set the Proteas on the backfoot.
Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen were also dismissed, leaving South Africa struggling at 44 for 4 in the 12th over. David Miller’s resistance with 43 runs was the only hope for South Africa, but he eventually fell to a crucial delivery from pacer Logan van Beek. Paul van Meekren’s deceptive cross-seam deliveries further shattered South Africa’s batting order.
Here are some reactions after the Netherlands Win:
Warra team Netherlands ♥️♥️.pic.twitter.com/3j7tHgMYzA— Mustafa (@Mustafasays_) October 17, 2023
Netherlands won by 38 runs.— Being Himachali (@BeingHimachali) October 17, 2023
Netherlands team in Himachal: Nati dance in the day, Cricket in the night, and South Africa wondering, 'What just happened?' . pic.twitter.com/1U0GPcrf77
Netherlands thrash South Africa— Johns (@JohnyBravo183) October 17, 2023
-No crying about visa
-No crying about crowd
-No crying about outfield
-No crying about umpires
-No crying about Jay Shah
-No crying about DJ music
-No political/religious statements
Just terrific on field performance 🔥#SAvsNED | #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/fPN1HXwGVY
Netherlands did it again 😭 pic.twitter.com/PIBmewgSUZ— سیف 🇵🇸🍁 (@Saful_akbar) October 17, 2023
The Netherlands’ fate appeared sealed as they missed a straightforward catch from Miller, but they persevered, securing a historic victory. Scott Edwards played a vital role with his 78 runs, and a partnership between Edwards and Roelof van der Merwe added valuable runs towards the end of the innings. The Dutch team’s bowlers showcased exceptional skill, conceding only 68 runs in the final five overs.
This victory marked the Netherlands’ second triumph over South Africa in ICC tournaments in the past year, reaffirming their growing reputation as a competitive cricketing nation.