In a thrilling encounter during the ODI World Cup Qualifiers, the Netherlands emerged victorious over the West Indies in a dramatic Super Over, securing a 22-run win and moving up to second place in their group standings with six points. Batting first, the West Indies displayed a remarkable performance with impressive contributions from Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, and an exceptional century by Nicholas Pooran, who scored an unbeaten 104 runs off 65 deliveries. They set a formidable total of 374 runs on the scoreboard, appearing on track for victory.
However, the Netherlands matched them in the second innings, thanks to a century by Teja Nidamanuru, resulting in a tie and leading to a thrilling Super Over. During the Super Over, Logan Van Beek’s explosive batting propelled the Netherlands to score 30 runs in just six balls. In response, the West Indies could only manage eight runs, ultimately experiencing a heart-wrenching defeat.
Following the match, West Indies captain Shai Hope expressed his disappointment with the team’s bowlers, emphasizing that the entire team let themselves down and that there were no excuses for the loss.
“We just let ourselves down. I can’t see us scoring 375 and losing. Honestly, I thought it was enough. I expected the bowlers to do the job. Just unfortunate we lost. The picture is right in front of us now. We need to do better,”
Shai Hope said.
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“Still soaking it in. Can’t play a better individual game of cricket. They batted sensationally. We bowled well in patches. We thought we conceded 60 more. Most importantly, we had the belief though. That innings from Teja and van Beek was special,”
“We pride ourselves on our running. You hit gaps and run hard. Logan was in a bit of a trance. I don’t think he was listening to me. He was hitting everything for fours and sixes. This was going to be a massive game for us. To go in with two points is good,”
he further added.
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