DHARAMSALA – The Netherlands cricket team is riding high on confidence after their shock victory over South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match on Tuesday.
Dutch skipper Scott Edwards is now eyeing a spot in the ODI World Cup semifinals following their impressive performance.
In a thrilling contest, the Dutch team stunned South Africa, a test-playing nation, by a margin of 38 runs in a rain-reduced 43-overs-a-side match.
This victory marked the Netherlands’ first win over a Test-playing nation at the World Cup.
Edwards led his team from the front with an unbeaten 78, guiding the Orange army to a total of 245-8.
They subsequently bowled out third-placed South Africa for 207.
After this remarkable win, Edwards expressed his team’s confidence.
He stated, “For us, it’s just about playing our best brand of cricket, and we feel like if we play well enough on the day, we can beat any side.”
The Dutch team, currently ranked 14th in men’s ODIs, showcased their potential by defeating South Africa, who had recently won against Sri Lanka and the five-time champions Australia.
The win elevated the Netherlands from the bottom to the ninth position in the 10-team World Cup table. In this format, the top four teams advance to the semifinals.
Edwards acknowledged South Africa’s strength but underlined the importance of beating such strong sides.
He said, “South Africa is obviously a very strong side, and they’ll be close to that semi-final spot. If we want to be amongst it, we’ve got to beat sides like this.”
The Netherlands, along with former champions Sri Lanka, secured their spots among the top eight teams in this edition of the ODI World Cup through the qualifiers.
South Africa’s coach, Rob Walter, noted that the loss served as a reminder that there were no easy games in the tournament. He emphasized the need to win key moments in the game and to stay focused.
The 13th edition of the ODI World Cup has already witnessed a major upset, with Afghanistan defeating defending champions England.
South Africa, currently positioned third on the World Cup table led by hosts India, is gearing up to face England in Mumbai.
Walter stated that the team would conduct a thorough analysis of their game, focusing on improving their performance in the upcoming matches.
The Netherlands’ victory over South Africa has breathed new life into the tournament, setting the stage for more exciting clashes in the World Cup.
This report is based on the information from various sources and interviews with the concerned parties.