Netherlands keep their hopes alive with a win  over Oman in Super-six

The Dutch team is looking tough this year and contending for playing a major ODI tournament for the first time since 2011, batters for the Dutch side in particular are in spectacular form

(Cricket news) The Netehrlands kept themselves alive to qualify for the Cricket World Cup as Vikramjit Singh’s hundred set up a comfortable victory over Oman on Monday. The Netherlands, who have not played at the global one-day tournament since 2011, need to win their next match to have a chance of qualifying for ICC Men’s  World Cup 2023 later this year in India.

Singh’s maiden One-Day International ton and Wesley Barresi’s 65 runs off 97 enabled the Netherlands to rack up 362 for seven from 48 overs after being asked in to bat first in a cloudy weather match. Oman batters didn’t look likely to complete the run-chase despite 105 not out from Ayaan Khan who played a tremendous inning and significantly starred with the bat. Oman ended up finishing on 246-6 after 44 overs and play was called off due to bad light.

The Netherlands’ winning margin of 74 runs through the DLS method in Harare also boosted its net run rate, which could prove crucial. The top two teams in the Super Six table reach the World Cup, with one place still on offer after Sri Lanka qualified by beating Zimbabwe on Sunday.

Host Zimbabwe could clinch the second spot with victory over Scotland on Tuesday, but if the Scots win that match, it would all but set up a winner-takes-all clash between Scotland and the Netherlands on Thursday.

Oman on the other side didn’t seem to give up easily as their 2-down batter, Ayaan Khan handled the situation and pressure after Oman lost their openers in the early stage. He built up his inning maturely and was rotating the strike to carry on the game and tried to turn it in their favour. But other Oman batters failed to build up a partnership with Khan as the Netherlands bowlers were constantly striking with the ball.

Also read: Vikramjit Singh’s maiden ton keeps Netherlands afloat with win over Oman in rain-truncated game


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