The battle between South Africa and Netherlands was reduced to 43 overs due to rain. South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first. In the initial overs, Team South Africa's bowling unit did nothing wrong; they were successful in taking wicket after wicket.
Netherlands was 82-5; at that point, it seemed like they would get restricted under 150 runs, but Captain Edwards performed a fabulous role as a leader and a captain by scoring 78 crucial runs in just 69 deliveries. His innings played a significant role in taking the score from 82-5 to 245-8 in 43 overs, setting a target of 246 runs for South Africa.
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This was never an easy chase, and it only got worse for South Africa as they lost way too many early wickets.
In no time, South Africa was at 89-5, and the match was pulled in favor of Netherlands. South Africa was under extreme pressure; even though they fought till the last over, they lost buy a great margin. Netherlands bowled out South Africa at 207 runs and claimed a historic 38 runs victory.
Netherlands will face Sri Lanka next on the 21st of October.
Post match interviews
Scott Edwards (Netherlands captain)
"Extremely proud," Edwards said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "We came in with high expectations. We had very good players.
Happy to get the first win out of the way. Hopefully, few more wins. We do a fair bit of research. We come up with a few matchups. Some days it works and some days it doesn't. We were in decent positions in the first few games but then fell away.
I am sure there will be plenty of fans staying up and watching this. Extremely happy with the win".
Temba Bavuma (South Africa's captain)
"I think we had them at 112 for 6," Bavuma said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "We shouldn't have allowed them to go past 200.
We dropped the ball there. Still we were confident with the chase. But they were able to extract some deficiencies in our batting department. We were clinical against Australia. We could have controlled the extras. The fielding wasn't up to the standard.
Not the same standard we had against Australia. We need to have some conversations with the boys. You got to let the emotion to seep in. It will hurt. Our campaign is not over by any stretch of the imagination. That was a proper display from them. They put us under pressure throughout. Good luck to them".