Zimbabwe defeated the Netherlands by 37 runs in the final of a Twenty20 World Cup qualifying tournament to secure the Qualifier B title.
Even after putting just 132 on board, the host’s Zimbabwe not just easily defended the target but won the game by a huge margin as they restricted the Dutch side to under 100 to claim a comfortable victory.
Sikandar Raza was awarded the man of a matching trophy for his 19 runs contribution with the bat and a splendid 4-over spell in which he took 4 wickets by giving just 8 runs.
Zimbabwe Vs Netherlands Match Highlights:
After winning the toss, Zimbabwe opted to bat, with their openers providing a strong start as after 2.4 overs they were at 30. But as soon as Regis Chakabva got out and their run rate fell down as they lost 3 wickets in the span of 24 runs.
Seam Williams with his 28 tried to take the hosts forward, but with a lack of support from the other end, Zimbabwe only managed to put 132 on board.
133 is not a big target to chase, but the pressure of finals haunted the Netherlands as they bundled out for just 95. However, Netherland did reach 54 in 9 overs with 7 wickets in hand, but when Stephen Myburgh walked back to the pavilion, the team lost their momentum and only managed to add 41 more and faced defeat by 37 runs.
The star of the game remained Sikandar Raza with 19 with the bat and 4 wickets with the bowl.
Who scored the most runs in ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier B?
The opening batter of team USA, Steven Taylor, has scored the most runs in the tournament with 233 in 5 innings at an average of 58.25.
Who won the man of the series in ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier B?
Sikandar Raza was just 5 runs behind Taylor as he completed his run at 228 in 5 innings at 57.00 with a destructive strike rate of 176.74. And after helping Zimbabwe to win in the finals by securing 4 wickets he was honored with the man of the series award.