World Cup 2023: Santner scoops up five wickets as New Zealand defeats Netherlands by 99 runs
By siliconindia | Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 08:57:21 AM IST
New Zealand defeated the Netherlands with ease thanks to Mitchell Santner's first five-wicket haul of the World Cup. In the sixth game of the World Cup 2023, New Zealand triumphed after recording a difficult 322/7 on a sluggish track at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. This was the tournament's second straight victory for New Zealand. Vikramjit Singh and Bas de Leede, who both struck half-centuries against Pakistan, had to deliver once more for the Netherlands to chase down the total. Colin Ackermann, a batting all-rounder, waged a lone battle with a 73 of 69 balls as Holland was bowled out for 223 in 46.3 overs despite its top batsmen struggling.
Santner was the pick of the bowlers, with the left-arm spinner picking up his second five-wicket haul in his ODI career, the first in this edition of the World Cup, by registering impressive figures of 10-0-59-5. Left-arm spinner Santner took the wickets of Max O’Dowd, Ackermann, Scott Edwards, Roelof van der Merwe, and Ryan Klien to become the first bowler to snare a five-wicket haul at this venue, eclipsing Mohammad Siraj’s figures of 4/46 that the Indian pacer had against New Zealand early this year.
Matt Henry, Rachin Ravindra, and Trent Boult bowled in tandem to tie down the Netherlands and it kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Santner, the architect of the win, was adjudged the player of the match. Earlier, Will Young, Ravindra, and Tom Latham crafted impressive half-centuries to help New Zealand post a healthy total. Asked to bat first, the Netherlands bowlers tested the New Zealand top order with tight bowling. Devon Conway and Young forged a 67-run opening stand. Young stamped his authority on the new-ball attack after an impatient Conway returned to the hut early. Taking the adventurous route, Conway danced down the track to deposit Roelof van der Merwe for a maximum over long-on. However, repeating the shot led to his dismissal, with de Leede taking the catch. The Netherlands tightened proceedings and did not allow New Zealand to run away with the game, with Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, and van der Merwe sharing six wickets.
Unlike against England, where it ran away with the chase, New Zealand batters adapted to the slowness of the surface and paced their innings to near perfection. Ravindra, who smashed a century in the World Cup opener, continued his fine form and stitched a 77-run stand for the second wicket with Young. Scoring at nearly six runs per over, New Zealand motored through the middle overs, ticking the scorecard, banking on strike rotation, and occasionally finding the boundaries. Van Meekeren provided the breakthrough by dismissing Young, and soon Ravindra was also dismissed after van der Merwe found an edge and Edwards completed the catch. However, with a 53-run stand, Daryl Mitchell and Latham kept the Black Caps in the driver’s seat. A 17-ball 36-run cameo from Santner beefed up the total.
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