New Zealand continued their brilliant form as they registered a resounding 99-run victory over the Netherlands played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on 9th October 2023. After being asked to bat first by Netherlands captain Scott Edwards, it was a good batting effort as Conway and Will Young put on 67 runs for the opening wicket.
Rachin Ravindra scored his 2nd successive fifty-plus knock. It was a superb batting effort as Tom Latham scored half-century along with a quickfire cameo by Mitchell Santer helped New Zealand post 322 for 7 in 50 overs.
After picking 2 wickets in the first match encounter against England, Santer was introduced early in the bowling attack again by Tom Latham. He got his first wicket dismissing Max O Dowd with a lovely delivery in front of the stumps.
Santer was introduced into the attack again and got rid of Colin Ackermann with a straightforward catch to Matt Henry. He then dismissed Netherlands captain Scott Edwards taking a return catch to put Netherlands under immense pressure.
Santer got into the action with another dismissal of Rolef Van der Merwe. He then dismissed Ryan Klein to finish with figures of 5 for 59 in his 10 overs. It was a superb bowling spell by Mitchell Santer and made sure that the Netherlands could only make 223.
For his unbeaten 36 off 17 deliveries and 5 for 59, Mitchell Santer was named the player of the match award. Santer proved his worth with both bat and ball in today’s encounter.
First Five Wicket Haul in World Cup 2023
Mitchell Santer recorded the first five-wicket haul in the tournament so far. He has been the pick of bowlers with 7 wickets from 2 matches. With this five-wicket haul, he became the first Kiwi bowler to grab five wickets in a World Cup match.
Santer can bowl in the first 10 overs where the top three can put pressure on the bowlers. In the 6 matches played so far, Bas de Leede had figures of 4 for 62 in 9 overs.
Santer will look to continue his superb performance in the upcoming matches against tougher opponents like India, South Africa, and Australia.