I thought we had ourselves in the game at 315. That is definitely enough to win the game but it’s a good wicket. We dropped catches…they batted well. The conditions were different to what they were when we played here a couple of months ago. It was pretty good throughout the game. We had to bowl and field better. Raza is a serious batter. If their batters in the top order get going, they can be dangerous. We did not bowl our best and they capitalized. These tournaments come quick and fast, got to put (the loss) behind you. We have some positives (from this game). It’s a long tournament.”
“We were not particularly great with the ball again, but credit to Williams and Raza the way they just pretty much cantered through. The ball striking from them was phenomenal. It was a little bit of a tricky start but was a really good wicket. Once you get going, it is difficult to restrict. We wanted to restrict them to 290 to 300, but we finished the innings well. We were still happy with 315. It’s tricky having so many options. Some times it makes it harder to make the decision. Raza bowled exceptionally well and our spinners have been the key for us in the middle overs.”
Sikandar Raza, Player of the Match:
“Listen as much as I am smiling, but the job is not done yet. We back ourselves, we had Pakistan A for six games and we chased 300 plus. I just wanted to go out there, the platform was already set, I just wanted to stay humble, and respect every ball but it was there, I went for it. As long as we win the game, we are happy and we are happy for each other’s performance and support each other. Thankful for the wonderful support.”
Zimbabwe vs Netherlands Highlights today, Tuesday 20-6-2023. 5th Match, Group A, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifier, Harare Sports Club.
Toss: Zimbabwe chose to field.
Zimbabwe team: Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c)†, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmad, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd.
Netherlands team: Joylord Gumbie, Craig Ervine (c), Wessly Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Clive Madande †, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 3
Zimbabwe Won: 3
Netherlands Won: 0
Zimbabwe ODI Rankings: 11th
Netherlands ODI Rankings: 17th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 7:00 AM GMT | 9:00 AM Local
Umpires – Martin Saggers, Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire – Allahudien Paleker
Match Referee – Graeme Labrooy
Reserve Umpire – Sam Nogajski
Match number – ODI no. 4589