The Netherlands pulled off a stunning upset against South Africa in the ICC ODI World Cup on Thursday, winning by 7 wickets.
Chasing a target of 298, the Netherlands reached the target with 5.3 overs to spare thanks to a brilliant century from Max O’Dowd and a half-century from Scott Edwards.
O’Dowd scored 103 runs off 114 balls and Edwards made 53 runs off 71 balls as the Netherlands put on a 158-run partnership for the second wicket.
The Netherlands lost a few wickets in the middle overs, but Tom Cooper (49) and Teja Nidamanuru (39) remained unbeaten to see the team home.
For South Africa, David Miller was the top scorer with 78 runs off 56 balls. However, the rest of the South African batsmen failed to fire, and the team was bowled out for 297 in 49.4 overs.
The Netherlands’ victory is one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. It is also the first time that the Netherlands have defeated South Africa in an ODI match.
The Netherlands’ victory has thrown the World Cup group stage wide open. South Africa are now in danger of being eliminated, while the Netherlands have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.