The recent match between South Africa and the Netherlands has gained attention for several reasons. One notable point of discussion was when spinner Keshav Maharaj stepped up to bat. The Netherlands secured a 38-run victory over South Africa.
During game 15 of the tournament, the 33-year-old was observed with an ‘Om’ symbol on his bat, drawing the interest of many fans. Given his Indian heritage, it’s not the first time that Maharaj has publicly showcased his roots and religion.
A photo of Maharaj’s bat has been widely shared on social media, with numerous Indian fans applauding the spinner for embracing and honoring his cultural heritage.
The Netherlands secured an unexpected victory over South Africa
In the 15th match of the ODI World Cup 2023, South Africa played against the Netherlands at Dharamshala’s HPCA Stadium. The game began with the Netherlands batting first, and their opening batsmen, Vikramjit Singh and Max O’Dowd, had a less than impressive start, with Vikramjit scoring only two runs and Max O’Dowd scoring 18.
Following the early dismissals of their top-order batsmen, Scott Edwards played a significant innings, contributing 78 runs. With additional support from the lower-order batsmen, the Netherlands reached a total of 245 runs in their first innings.
For South Africa, the leading wicket-takers were Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen, and Kagiso Rabada, each claiming two wickets, while Gerald Coetzee and Keshav Maharaj took one wicket each.
South Africa, while attempting to reach the target, sought to extend their winning streak. Nevertheless, the Netherlands had their own strategy.
The top-order of South Africa, including Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock, struggled, managing 16 and 20 runs, respectively. David Miller was the top scorer for South Africa, amassing 43 runs from 52 deliveries.
In a surprising turn of events, the Netherlands managed to dismiss the Proteas for 207 runs, securing a remarkable victory with a margin of 38 runs.