NED vs AFG ICC CWC 2023 Match 34 Report: Afghanistan secured a convincing seven-wicket victory over the Netherlands in Lucknow, enhancing their chances of reaching the semi-finals while improving their net run rate. This win marked their fourth victory in seven games.
The Dutch innings started promisingly, with their best batting performance of the World Cup, reaching 72 for 1 in 11 overs. However, their momentum was disrupted by a series of run-outs and errors. It began when Max O’Dowd was run out, attempting a risky second run. Subsequent run-outs included Colin Ackermann and Scott Edwards, who were slow to respond to single calls, and Sybrand Engelbrecht, who was also run out.
These run-outs reduced the Netherlands from 72 for 1 to 97 for 5, allowing Afghanistan’s spinners to dominate the middle overs. Afghanistan had initially struggled with the ball, conceding 6.6 runs per over in the powerplay, despite taking an early wicket. Wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil played a vital role in the Dutch downfall, contributing to three run-outs and exhibiting excellent wicketkeeping skills.
In response, Afghanistan’s chase of 180 started shakily but was stabilized by impressive batting from Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi. As per the NED vs AFG ICC CWC 2023 Match 34 Report, the pair put on a partnership of 74 runs, which kept Afghanistan ahead in the chase. Although the Dutch seamers couldn’t break through after the initial overs, Afghanistan was cautious against spin. Rahmat reached his third consecutive fifty in the World Cup but was eventually dismissed by wrist-spinner Aryan Dutt. Nevertheless, Hashmatullah Shahidi guided Afghanistan to a comfortable victory, with both he and Azmatullah Omarzai remaining unbeaten.
NED vs AFG ICC CWC 2023 Match 34 Report: Score Summary
This win boosts Afghanistan’s position to fifth in the standings, and they still have games against Australia and South Africa, keeping their semi-final hopes alive. For the Netherlands, a top-eight finish becomes increasingly challenging, as they face England and India in their upcoming matches, impacting their chances of qualifying for the Champions Trophy in 2025.
181 for 3 (Shahidi 56*, Rahmat 52, van Beek 1-30)
179 (Engelbrecht 58, Nabi 3-28)
Afghanistan won by seven wickets.
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