On Friday, Afghanistan beat the Netherlands by seven wickets, extending their undefeated run in the World Cup. With eight points, Afghanistan is now in fifth place, one spot behind New Zealand because of New Zealand’s superior net run-rate. The top four seeds advance to the semifinals.
The 34th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup is between Afghanistan and the Netherlands. The biggest cricket tournament in 2023 continues and we’re here to give you the best online cricket betting sites in India and the most up-to-date news of all the cricket action you should not miss!
Quick Recap: Netherlands vs Afghanistan
Prior to this World Cup, Afghanistan has only won once in two prior tournaments; nevertheless, the Asian side currently has four wins after defeating England, the defending champions, as well as past winners Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Captain Brings Up his Fifty
Afghanistan were 55-2 after the Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first, but they were set up for a comfortable chase after captain Rahmat Shah hit 52 off 54 balls. Afghanistan won their match thanks to Hashmat Shahidi, who batted undefeated for 56 and hit the winning runs with his sixth boundary in the 32nd over.
Earlier, Mujeeb Ur Rahman struck in the opening over when he trapped opener Wesley Barresi lbw to record his 100th ODI wicket and the following four Dutch batters had all been run out after mix-ups. Max O’Dowd (42) appeared to be on his way to a big score with nine fours, but he was run out thanks to some excellent work by Azmatullah Omarzai in the deep. Omarzai smashed the stumps with a direct blow as the opener dove in vain, resulting in a run out.
Dutch captain and tournament leading scorer Scott Edwards was out on the first ball as Afghan goalie Ikram Alikhil pounced on his stroke and ran him out of the line.
The Dutch were bowled out for 179 in the 47th over, with Alikhil taking six wickets and Mohammad Nabi picking up three. The middle order was held together by Sybrand Engelbrecht’s patient 58. The Dutch have two more games left, against England and India.
Afghanistan’s Fourth Victory of the Tournament
The spin bowlers for Afghanistan were superb, keeping the Netherlands to a meager total of 179 runs. Mohammad Nabi clinched three wickets while Noor Ahmad collected 2 wickets for his team. Four wickets were run out today, a credit to the sharp eye and quick reflexes of the fielders.
Saqib Zulfiqar and Logan van Beek fell victim to some devastating spin bowling from Mohammad Nabi and Noor Ahmad. Roelof van der Merwe has come to bat for the Netherlands now that they are down to their final three wickets, but Noor Ahmad struck again to get rid of him.
Afghanistan’s bowlers have a stranglehold on the game after the dismissals of Colin Ackermann and Netherlands captain Scott Edwards thanks to some aggressive fielding. Today Afghanistan appears to be in high spirits, and their fielders have been outstanding.
Player of the Match: Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi took three wickets for twenty-eight runs, and the Dutch lost four of their top five batsmen due to run outs, leaving him as the match’s most valuable player. Ikram Alikhil, the wicketkeeper, played a key role by having a hand in three dismissals (via catches and a stumping).
Afghanistan’s spin combination of Nabi, Ahmed, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman upset a young and inexperienced Dutch batting lineup on a sluggish field, leading their team to an eight-wicket victory over Pakistan.
Alikhail caught two edge shots from Bas de Leede and Saqib Zulfiqar, and then had Logan van Beek legged off Nabi as the Dutch middle order collapsed.
Score: Netherlands v Afghanistan
|Afghanistan won by 7 wickets|
With their 7-wicket victory over the Netherlands in a low-scoring group game, Afghanistan kept their World Cup semifinals chances alive. Both New Zealand and Pakistan will play in Bangalore on Saturday, while England will play Australia in Ahmedabad. After five losses in six games, England has been eliminated from playoff contention, while Australia has risen to third place with four consecutive victories. At TopCricketBettingSite, you can find the best online cricket betting sites India as well as the latest news of all the cricket matches. Bet on your favorite cricket teams by signing up today!