Netherlands has qualified for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to be held in India. They emerged as the 10th team to qualify after a remarkable performance in the Super Six stage of the World Cup qualifiers, defeating Scotland by 4 wickets. Scotland managed to put up a total of 277 runs on the board, losing 9 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
Chasing the target, Netherlands achieved victory with 3.1 overs to spare, despite losing 6 wickets for 42 runs in 42.5 overs. The standout performance came from their batsman, Bas de Leede, who played a magnificent innings of 123 runs off just 92 balls, with a striking rate of 133.70. His innings included 7 fours and 5 sixes.
Opening batsman Vikramjit Singh provided a solid start with 40 runs, including 6 boundaries. Further contributions came from Max O’Dowd, who scored 20 runs, Wesley Barresi with 11 runs, and Sikander Zulfiqar, who remained unbeaten on 33* with 3 fours and 1 six.
Captain Scott Edwards also added 25 runs with the help of 3 boundaries, while Teja Nidamanuru contributed 10 runs. However, Van Beek was unable to score, getting dismissed for 1 run.
Winning the toss, Netherlands opted to bowl first, and their captain’s decision paid off. Bas de Leede led the bowling attack and claimed 5 wickets for 52 runs in his 10 overs. Ryan Klein took 2 wickets, while Van Beek grabbed 1 wicket. Bas de Leede’s exceptional all-round performance earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match award.
With Netherlands’ victory, the list of 10 teams for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has been completed. The first 8 teams qualified directly for the World Cup, while Sri Lanka and Netherlands secured their spots through the qualifiers.
The participating teams in the tournament will be India, Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, England, New Zealand, Afghanistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Netherlands, making it a thrilling and competitive event.