WATCH: Paul van Meekeren expresses gratitude to Daryl Mitchell in NZ vs NED match with gesture of folded hands

In the 37th over, Daryl Mitchell's powerful shot hit straight back at bowler van Meerken, causing a stump to be uprooted. In a display of sportsmanship, van Meerken acknowledged Mitchell's impressive shot by folding his hands, bowing down, and smiling.

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In the sixth World Cup 2023 encounter between New Zealand and the Netherlands at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, the Dutch team won the toss and opted to field first. Despite facing three maiden overs initially, the New Zealanders managed to form a solid 67-run opening partnership. However, Roelof van der Merwe dismissed Devon Conway, providing a breakthrough for the Netherlands.

The Dutch team continued to take wickets at regular intervals to maintain control over the score. Nevertheless, they had to contend with Daryl Mitchell, whose aggressive hitting was particularly noteworthy in the 37th over. During that over, Mitchell struck a powerful shot straight back at the bowler, van Meerken, uprooting one of the stumps. In response, van Meerken turned to face Mitchell, folded his hands, and bowed down with a smile on his face, acknowledging the impressive shot. Despite initial disappointment, Mitchell eventually smiled in response to the bowler's sportsmanlike reaction.

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New Zealand set a target of 323 runs

After winning the toss, the Netherlands skipper, Scott Edwards decided to bowl first. All the plans seem to have gone according to plan as New Zealand played out the opening three overs as maidens. But slowly and gradually, the New Zealand batters got in their groves and took charge of run scoring.

The opening duo of Devon Conway and Will Young went on to score a brilliant partnership of 67 runs for the first wicket. But once, Conway was dismissed, young Rachin Ravindra along with Young stitched a brilliant partnership of 77 runs. Throughout the inning, there was a great battle between bat and bowl. Whenever there was a partnership between the New Zealand batters, the Dutch bowlers fought back with wickets in the middle overs. The star with the bat for the New Zealand batters were their top and middle orders. The star all-rounder Daryl Mitchell (48) along with Tom Latham (53). But the finishing touch was provided by Mitchell Santer (21) who smashed 21 runs in the final over. 

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