In the 15th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, South Africa faced off against the Netherlands on October 17 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. The South African captain, Temba Bavuma, won the toss and chose to field first, a decision that was soon justified by his seamers who made early breakthroughs, leaving the Netherlands struggling at 50/4.
Among the wicket-takers, the 23-year-old Gerald Coetzee had his moments, albeit with a peculiar start to his spell. He began by delivering a wide down the leg side, followed by another wide on the opposite side of the stumps, caught by Heinrich Klaasen at first slip. This unusual delivery even drew chuckles from the commentators. Coetzee eventually found his rhythm, claiming his first wicket in the 16th over by sending Colin Ackerman’s stumps flying.
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The Dutch openers had a rough start, with Vikramjit Singh (2 off 16) falling to Kagiso Rabada, while Max O’Dowd (18 off 25) was a victim of Marco Jansen in the eighth over. Rabada later dismissed Bas de Leede (2 off 7) in the 11th over. However, Dutch captain Scott Edwards played a pivotal role in rescuing his team from this precarious situation.
He built crucial partnerships with the lower-order batsmen, including a 40-run stand with Teja Nidamanuru (20 off 25) and a 64-run partnership with Roelof van der Merwe (29 off 19).
Edwards showcased his brilliance by playing an exceptional innings, scoring an unbeaten 78 runs from 69 balls, featuring ten fours and a six. Aryan Dutt also made a significant contribution with a quickfire 23 not out from just 9 balls, guiding the Netherlands to a total of 245/8 after 43 overs.
In terms of bowling performance, Marco Jansen stood out for South Africa, with figures of 2/27 in eight overs, while Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada also picked up two wickets each, ending their innings on a positive note.