On March 25, Saturday, Harare will host the third ODI between Zimbabwe and Netherlands. The match is scheduled to start at 9:15 am local time. The first ODI was won by the Netherlands, while Zimbabwe made a comeback in the second to level the series, making the decider all the more exciting.
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In the first innings, Zimbabwe posted a total of 271 runs with contributions from the top-four batsmen. Skipper Craig Ervine scored 39 runs, while Sean Williams (77) and Clive Madande (52) were the main contributors. Dutch leggie Shariz Ahmad took five wickets for 43 runs.
The chase was exciting, with the Netherlands fighting till the very last over. However, Tendai Chatara, bowling the final over, defended 15 runs, and Zimbabwe won the game by just one run. Max O’Dowd (81) and Tom Cooper (74) scored well at the top, but the middle-order failed to contribute much as five Dutch batters were dismissed for single-digit scores. Skipper Scott Edwards’ 36 runs were not enough for the visitors as they ended up losing the game.
The two teams have played five ODIs so far, with the visitors winning three games and Zimbabwe winning two. The rivalry between the two sides dates back over 20 years since their first encounter at the 2003 World Cup. The recent win in the second ODI was Zimbabwe’s second win overall against the Netherlands.
Zimbabwe has senior players Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl back in the side, but they were not able to perform their best in the first ODI . Both teams will be playing the ODI World Cup qualifiers, which are likely to start from October 5 in India. Zimbabwe is currently placed 12th in the ICC Super League standings with just four wins, while the Netherlands is placed 13th with three wins from 20 matches.
Both Zimbabwe and Netherlands are out of the reckoning for direct qualification to the World Cup and will have to play in the qualifiers. .Other teams, such as South Africa, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka, are also nervous and may have to compete in qualifiers. South Africa must win the current series against the West Indies as well as the upcoming series against the Netherlands in order to qualify for the World Cup directly.