New Zealand’s clinical win against the Netherlands in Hyderabad was led by Mitchell Santner’s all-round brilliance. Chasing 323, the Dutch struggled as Santner’s 5/59 and 36* off 17 balls shone. New Zealand won by 99 runs.
In a sensational display of cricketing prowess, New Zealand secured a comprehensive 99-run victory over the Netherlands in a One-Day International match held in Hyderabad on Monday. The match was marked by a stellar all-round performance by Mitchell Santner, who showcased his mettle with both the bat and the ball.
Batting first, New Zealand set a challenging target of 323 runs for the Dutch side. The top order laid a solid foundation, with significant contributions from Will Young (70) and skipper Tom Latham (53). However, the real fireworks occurred in the final overs of the innings, as Santner’s blistering cameo of 36 not out off just 17 balls, coupled with some explosive hitting during a dramatic final over, propelled New Zealand to a formidable total.
The Dutch side had their task cut out, chasing 323 on a sluggish, spin-friendly pitch. New Zealand’s new ball pair, Trent Boult and Matt Henry, applied immense pressure on the Dutch openers. Matt Henry struck early, dismissing Vikramjit Singh and setting the tone for the match.
Santner, who was introduced into the attack within the first ten overs, proved to be the game-changer. His exceptional accuracy and ability to extract turn from the pitch left the Dutch batsmen struggling. Santner’s brilliant spell included the key wickets of Max O’Dowd and the in-form Bas de Leede, creating further difficulties for the Netherlands. O’Dowd was trapped LBW, while de Leede chipped a catch to Boult, who executed a remarkable self-relay catch at long-off.
Colin Ackermann was the lone warrior for the Netherlands, managing a valiant fifty. However, frequent wickets falling around him hindered his ability to accelerate the run rate. His promising partnership with Teja Nidamanuru was disrupted by a mix-up that led to Nidamanuru’s run-out.
Santner received crucial support from Rachin Ravindra, who bowled a tight spell, reflecting the confidence he gained from his recent batting performances. The spin duo stifled the run flow, ensuring that the match was effectively over as a contest well before it concluded.
While New Zealand’s bowling was clinical and on target, the Netherlands’ batting lacked intent and clarity, especially during run chases. Their slow start in the Powerplay has been a recurring issue, forcing them to play catch-up later in the innings. In the field, they appeared a bit sloppy.
The Dutch bowlers displayed discipline and adaptability as the ball aged, making it challenging for the New Zealand batters to score freely. Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, and Roelof van der Merwe had commendable performances with the ball.
In retrospect, the first Powerplay and the explosive finish in the last three overs were pivotal for New Zealand, as they managed to add 30-40 extra runs, proving to be decisive on the spin-friendly surface. The absence of dew to neutralize the spinners further worked in their favor.
In summary, New Zealand’s clinical performance secured a 99-run victory over the Netherlands, with Mitchell Santner’s exceptional all-round contribution serving as the highlight of the match. New Zealand’s total of 322/7 was simply too much for the Netherlands to chase, and their struggles in the run chase cost them dearly.
- New Zealand: 322/7 in 50 overs (Will Young 70, Tom Latham 53, Rachin Ravindra 51; Roelof van der Merwe 2-56, Paul van Meekeren 2-59)
- Netherlands: 223 in 46.3 overs (Colin Ackermann 69; Mitchell Santner 5-59, Matt Henry 3-40)
- Result: New Zealand won by 99 runs