The Netherlands chased the small goal of 118 with two overs to spare, with O’Dowd hitting 52 from 47 balls and reaching 120 for 5 to collect their first points – two – although they are already out of the tournament.
Zimababwe is also virtually out of the tournament after Wednesday’s defeat.
A good performance from the Netherlands to seal a win against Zimbabwe in Adelaide 👏#T20WorldCup | #ZIMvNED | :… https://t.co/VTceIxo3fI
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) 166773447000
Paul van Meekeren (23/29) led the Dutch disciplined bowling show after Zimbabwe chose to bat, while Brandon Glover, Logan van Beek and Bas de Leede also returned with two wickets each to beat the African side for 117 in 19.2 overs.
In their unmissable game, Sikandar Raza was the only bright spot for Zimbabwe in an otherwise sloppy batting display by the team as the star all-rounder smashed a 24-ball 40 (3×4, 3×6) to take them past the 100-run mark.
But the goal of 118 proved far below par as the Dutch galloped home in 18 overs en route to their first win of the Super-12 stage.
The ‘Orange Army’ will take on South Africa in their last game on Sunday.
Zimbabwe, who took a stunning win over Pakistan earlier in the tournament, then takes on tournament favorites India in their final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
🟠Great win for the Netherlands, only 18 overs needed to chase 117 from @ZimCricketvO’Dowd 52 from 47Cooper 32 from… https://t.co/4vA1gWYOxo
— Cricket🏏Netherlands (@KNCBcricket) 1667373492000
The Netherlands got off to a solid and steady start with the long-haired O’Dowd piloting their ship.
Halfway through, they were 67/1 as O’Dowd kept the innings together brilliantly.
Starting to break loose, O’Dowd took on Luke Jongwe with two limits in a row to complete his 11th-fifty and fourth in a World Cup.
With nine runs from 30 balls, the win was postponed as the Netherlands did a little harakiri at the finish and lost O’Dowd and skipper Scott Edwards (5) in a space of nine balls.
In the end, de Leede failed to hit two limits in his run-a-ball 12 to seal the win.
Previously, batters from Zimbabwe, with the exception of Raza, showed a complete lack of commitment.
Only two Zimbabwean batters reached double digits and they consumed 66 dots, summarizing their plight in their vital game.
Wickets kept falling around Raza looking like he was hitting for another team, with supreme control and confidence.
Pacer Brandon Glover (4-1-29-2) troubled the Zimbabwean batters early by getting a swing out of the Adelaide Oval when he gave a double strike in the Powerplay to skipper Craig Ervine (3) and Regis Chakbva in turn (5) to dismiss. surpluses.
The top three Wessly Madhevere (1), Ervine (3) and Chakabva (5) did not get going and came to 20 runs in Powerplay.
Raza faltered on 20/3 and immediately got to work with his pivoting shots to counter-attack the Dutch bowlers.
He cut through the field at ease with his elegant drives and looked in total control in a fine 48-run collaboration on 35 balls with Sean Williams.
Just as Zimbabwe was trying to build a partnership and regain some momentum, Van Meekeren caused another collapse by sacking Williams (28 out of 23 balls).
Van Meekeren (4-0-29-3) was the best wicket taker for the Dutch tempo attack showing a disciplined approach with Logan van Beek (2.2-0-17-2) and Bas de Leede (4-0- 14-2) also returned with two wickets each.
De Leede took the prized scalp of Raza who appeared to tear up the Dutch offense when the batter mistimed a ball of good length.
Fred Klaassen, who came back with 1/17, took a well-judged running catch at the border to end Raza’s amusement.