Netherlands have recorded a famous win at the World Cup after beating South Africa by 38 runs today in Dharamsala.
Early rain reduced the match to a 43 over contest, and when it started, the Dutch were batting first against a team that embarrassed Australia the other day, and soon found themselves on the back foot as the top six all struggled. When captain Scott Edwards came it at the fall of the fifth wicket, they had scored just 82.
But Edwards wasn't ready to give up. First came a 30 run partnership with Teja Nidamanuru, then 28 with Logan van Beek but it was a 64 run partnership with former South African international Roelof van der Merwe that really got the Dutch back into the game.
Van der Merwe eventually fell for 29 from 19 balls on the penultimate delivery of the 40th over. Three sixes from Aryan Dutt helped him scored 23 from only nine balls as he and Edwards scored 41 from the last 19 balls of the innings, taking the Dutch score to 245-8. Edwards was unbeaten on 78.
After a 36 run opening partnership there was a mini-collapse in the South African reply as they lost four wickets for just eight runs. Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller then added 45 for the fifth wicket before the former was out for 28, scored at exactly a run a ball.
Marco Jansen was removed for nine, before Miller and Gerald Coetzee added 36 for the seventh wicket before Logan van Beek bowled Miller for 43. Coetzee fell soon afterwards and whilst Keshav Maharaj scored 40, the South Africans were largely beaten as soon as Miller was dismissed.
Maharaj was the last wicket to fall, edging van Beek to Edwards from the penultimate delivery of the match as South Africa were bowled out for 207. It was the third wicket for van Beek who went for 60 runs but took the wickets of each of the top three scorers for the South Africans. Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe and Bas de Leede all took two wickets each.
Edwards was the obvious choice for player of the match, and he was all business in the post-match interviews, knowing he has just four days to prepare for the Netherlands' next match, against Sri Lanka on Saturday. South Africa are also in action that day when they take on defending champions England.