Afghanistan beat Netherlands by seven wickets in ODI World Cup 2023, at the Ekana Stadium, Lucknow. They have won their fourth game in the tournament. The Afghans have been in good form in the tournament, so far as they have defeated England and Sri Lanka in the mega event for the first time. They are currently sitting in 5th position of the table and have a chance to qualify for the semi-final as well.
Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first they were looking good after they lost their opener Wesley Barresi in the very first over. Then Max O'Dowd and Colin Ackermann stitched a partnership of 70 runs before the former was run out. Both the batters were looking good but after the run out the innings collapsed from 73/2 to 93/4. Noor Ahmed and Mohammad Nabi spun a web around the Dutch batters as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.
At the end, Roelof van der Merwe and Aryan Dutt tried to score some runs but they could not as they were bundled out for 179 runs. Experienced Nabi was the pick of the bowlers for the Afghans.
Afghans keep their hopes alive
Dowd was looking good alongside, Ackermann until the chaos happened the former was back to a pavilion after scoring 42 runs. After the second wicket, they were reduced from 73/2 to 93/4 as all the rest batters were also run out. Skipper Scott Edwards was unfortunate as he misjudged the ball after playing and the wicket-keeper Ikram Alikhil. Sybrand Engelbrecht was the highest run scorer for his side with 58 runs off 66 deliveries.
In reply, the Afghans lost their opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz early on. After that Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah stitched a partnership. But the former was out on 20 runs. The latter scored 52 runs and stitched a crucial partnership of 84 runs with skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi the skipper was unbeaten till the end with 56 runs and Azmatullah Omarzai was also unbeaten on 31 runs.
Here's how fans reacted:
Afghanistan is picking at the right moment and they just need to close one more game after this.They deserve to be in the semi before Pakistan and can put better performance.They must be thinking about the Bangladesh game. pic.twitter.com/32Z16rPT6n— Sujeet Suman (@sujeetsuman1991) November 3, 2023
Had they won it against Bangladesh.. they could easily qualify for semis— Rainbow Salt (@Rainbowsalts91) November 3, 2023
What a dominating performance by AFG in this WC. They have not crossed the semi final line till now and more rocks in their ways ahead as they are to face in form AUS and SA team which are not sparing anyone— Sports syncs (@moiz_sports) November 3, 2023
Many congratulations to Afghanistan for this wonderful victory and best wishes for the semi-finals, if Afghanistan had not lost to Bangladesh, it would have been in a much better position.— ƤƘMƘƁ ƠƑƑƖƇƖƛԼ (@PKMKB_93K) November 3, 2023
Third clinical run-chase in a row for Afghanistan and they have become a force to reckon with at present!— Abhinav singh (@Abhinav_tmk) November 3, 2023
The journey was good , but now they run into SOUTH AFRICA & AUSTRALIA— Cricket Guruji (@CricketGuruji6) November 3, 2023
What a fantastic team— CricXtra (@CricXtra_) November 3, 2023