New Delhi: New Zealand continued their winning streak in the ODI World Cup 2023 season, as they defeated the Netherlands by 99 runs in their second match on Monday, October 9. The Kiwis had earlier thrashed England by nine wickets in their opening match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The match between the Netherlands and New Zealand was played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Netherlands won the toss and opted to field first, hoping to restrict New Zealand to a low score. However, New Zealand’s batsmen had other plans, as they piled up 322 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs, setting a daunting target of 323 runs for the Netherlands to chase.
Netherlands’ chase never got going, as they lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 223 runs in 46.3 overs. New Zealand’s spinners were the main tormentors, with Mitchell Santner taking five wickets and Rachin Ravindra taking one. Santner also contributed with the bat, scoring 36 runs off just 17 balls. He was adjudged the Player of the Match for his all-round performance.
New Zealand’s batting was a collective effort, as six of their batsmen scored more than 30 runs each. Opener Will Young was the top-scorer with 70 runs, followed by captain Tom Latham with 53 runs and Ravindra with 51 runs. Daryl Mitchell (48), Devon Conway (32), and Santner (36) also chipped in with useful contributions.
By scoring 30+ runs by six batsmen in a single innings, New Zealand repeated a rare feat that they had achieved 12 years ago in the history of the World Cup. The last time they did so was against Canada in the ICC ODI World Cup 2011 in Mumbai.
Only five countries have managed to score 30+ runs by six batsmen in a single innings of a World Cup match so far. The table below shows the list of such instances along with the details of the matches:
|Pakistan||Sri Lanka||1987||Faisalabad||Won by 15 runs|
|England||Netherlands||2011||Nagpur||Won by 6 wickets|
|New Zealand||Canada||2011||Mumbai||Won by 97 runs|
|West Indies||Pakistan||2015||Christchurch||Won by 150 runs|
|Pakistan||Australia||2019||Taunton||Lost by 41 runs|
|New Zealand||Netherlands||2023||Hyderabad||Won by 99 runs|