Zimbabwe bowler Wesley Medhevere created history with a hat trick against the Netherlands in the 2nd One-day international match played at Harare Sports Club, Harare on 23 March 2023.
Medherve changed the fortune of the match with a hattrick dismissing Colin Ackermann, Teja Nidamaru, and Paul Van Meerken in the 44th over putting the pressure back on the Netherlands batters. It was an impressive bowling performance by Zimbabwe bowlers taking wickets at regular intervals. The match went right down the wire as 4 runs were required off the last delivery, but Chatara held onto his nerves to give away just 2 runs before dismissing Ryan Klein to win the match by 1 run.
Zimbabwe looked out of sorts when Max O Dowd and Tom Cooper were going great guns. It was an impressive effort by the hosts to pick wickets at regular intervals to steal a thrilling encounter to level the series at 1-1. Wesley Medherve grabbed 3 for 36 in 9 overs while Sikandar Raza took 3 for 39. Blessing Muzabrani took 1 wicket while two batters were run out. Medherve dismissed Colin Ackermann’s stumped before shattering the stumps of Nidamanuru and Paul Van Meekeren.
Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine won the toss and decided to bat first. Zimbabwe openers put on 61 runs for the opening wicket laying a strong foundation for a decent total. The Netherlands took wickets to reduce Zimbabwe to 120 for 5. Sean Williams and Clive Madande put on a valuable 104 runs partnership for the 6th wicket. At the end of 50 overs, Zimbabwe posted 271 in 49.2 overs.
Zimbabwe earned 10 important points in the ICC ODI Super League after the Netherlands register a famous win in the first ODI.
Medherve becomes the third Zimbabwe bowler to take a hat trick in ODIs.
Wesley Medherve showed his worth with an important hat trick to bring Zimbabwe into the game. He scored an important 43 off 50 deliveries and then grabbed 3 wickets in succession to be named as the player of the match award.
Eddo Brandes became the first Zimbabwe bowler to take a hat trick in ODIS. He achieved the milestone against England on 3 January 1997 played at Harare Sports Club, Harare. During that innings, the pace bowler dismissed Nick Knight, John Crawley, and Naseer Hussain.
Prosper Utseya picked the 2nd hat trick for Zimbabwe in ODIs. He took a hattrick against South Africa on 29 August 2014 at Harare Sports Club, Harare. During this innings, Utseya grabbed the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, and David Miller.