CricketSouth Africa Defeats Netherlands & Claims 10 Vital Points For ICC World Cup Qualification
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By defeating the Netherlands by an easy margin of eight wickets at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday night, the South Africa earned 10 vital ICC Super League One-Day International points that will help them in their quest for automatic qualification for the ICC World Cup in India later this year.

The victory over Netherlands allowed South Africa to go pass Sri Lanka, who had fallen to loss to New Zealand in Hamilton earlier on Friday in their penultimate Super League encounter.

South Africa now have 88 points, which is the same as the eighth-place West Indies, who have played all of their scheduled matches.

Only the top eight teams in the ICC Super League standings—including the hosts, India—earn automatic qualification for the Men’s World Cup.

Nonetheless, South Africa still have one game left, which will be on Sunday at the Wanderers against the Netherlands. When the Proteas reach 98 points following their victory at the Wanderers.

Then, they can only be overtaken if Ireland, who are presently in 11th position with 68 points, sweeps Bangladesh 3-0 in May.

Bavuma and Aiden Markram’s uninterrupted 102-run third-wicket stand demonstrated the South African renewed commitment to winning.

Although knowing that the Proteas would win easily, both hitters were eager to advance the game and continued to try to increase the run total while their team was ahead.

Once he reached his first ODI half-century since October of last year, Markram would undoubtedly get a lot of confidence from being able to finally translate his short-format success to the lengthier white-ball arena.

When opening partner Quinton de Kock was cheaply bowled for nine runs, Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen (31) quickly put together a partnership of 70 runs to set the stage.

South Africa’s bowling outfit got off to a rough start earlier, with Kagiso Rabada in particular turning in a subpar effort with the new ball.

Vikramjit Singh was able to play without restriction thanks to Rabada drifting the ball onto his pads, which gave him the opportunity to flick the ball at ease to the boundary.

In just the ninth over, Singh and Max O’Dowd put up a 50-run partnership for the first wicket as the Netherlands profited from the Proteas’ sluggish start.

Before Sisanda Magala was introduced, Marco Jansen, who replaced Wayne Parnell in the starting lineup, sought to maintain the tension at the opposite end.

Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm wrist spinner, recovered from a dismal performance against the West Indies in the previous series by preying on the Dutch batsmen. During a pleasant afternoon spent on the East Rand, Shamsi claimed 3/25.

Magala, though, was the bowler of choice as he came back to dismiss Teja Nidamanuru, the only other Dutch batter who put up any opposition.

While playing skillfully for his 48 (71 balls, 3×4), Nidamanuru was only able to feather a catch behind to the wicketkeeper De Kock. When Jansen ended the innings, Magala recorded the astounding final score of 3/37.