Netherlands 209 for 3 (O’Dowd 82*) beat Zimbabwe 205 for 8 (Taylor 71, Klaassen 2-29) by seven wickets
While the cricket watching public are binging on the World Cup, Netherlands made a serious statement by totally outplaying Zimbabwe, with opening batsman Max O’Dowd batting through the innings to ensure a chase of 206 was as straightforward as possible. The 25-year old was on ODI debut and made 82 off 116 balls.
Such was their dominance that Netherlands sealed victory with seven wickets and 26 balls to spare in a 47-over game.
Tobias Visee kick-started the chase with six fours in a knock of 28. But he was dismissed by Ainsley Ndlovu, who became the 26th player in ODI history to pick up a wicket with his first ball.
O’Dowd took control from there on, moving smoothly past fifty, and though Netherlands stumbled from 110 for 1 to 117 for 3,…