Zimbabwe’s hopes of a semi final berth at the ICC T20 World Cup were extinguished after a disappointing performance losing to the Netherlands by five wickets with 12 balls to spare in Australia on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe were bowed out for 117 in 19.2 overs and with Max O’Dowd’s 52, helping the Netherlands achieve their target with 12 balls to spare.
The onus of this loss lies with the Zimbabwean batters who never got going and posted a poor total on the board. Barring Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza none of the other players were able to get into double figures and that should be a real worry for the team as all the burden of scoring runs falls on their two stalwarts.
The Dutch put on a complete bowling performance with all their fast bowlers among the wickets. Paul van Meekeren claimed three and Brandon Glover, Bas de Leede, and Logan van Beek chipped in with two each. Their effort restricted their opponents to under 120 and the batters completed the formality.
Zimbabwe picked up their performance towards the end of the game but had a very disappointing outing on the field. They did get an early wicket with Blessing Muzarabani carrying forward his good form but they fell off and lacked discipline through the middle overs. In the end, Richard Ngarava and Blessing Muzarabani did end up with two wickets each with Luke Jongwe claiming one but their effort was in vain as they succumbed to a disappointing defeat.
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