Throwing away a winnable game will hurt Netherlands whereas Zimbabwe will be pleased to have taken the series to a decider. The Dutch had the game when they were comfortable at 166/1 and then at 197-2 but it all came crashing down pretty quickly.
Max O’Dowd and Tom Cooper looked right at home during their second wicket stand and the game was heading towards a lopsided finish, but first Cooper got out and then Sikandar Raza got O’Dowd who missed a sweep. Zimbabwe turned to spin after that and it paid rich dividends. The unlikely hero was Wessly Madhevere who changed the game with a hat-trick in the 44th over.
Netherlands entrusted skipper Scott Edwards to finish it off but in the penultimate over Raza got him out with a low full-toss. With 19 needed off the ultimate over, Netherlands got close but Tendai Chatara kept his nerve to win the game for the Chevrons.
🟠Netherlands miss unique opportunity for Series victory
Brilliant bowling by Shariz Ahmad (5-43) and good innings by Max O'Dowd (81) and Tom Cooper (74) gave the Dutch an excellent chance, but…
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