Netherlands prevail after Super Over to dent West Indies WC hopes
In the Super Over, Logan van Beek played a scintillating all-round performance and led the Netherlands to a narrow 22-run victory over West Indies after the 18th match of the CWC Qualifier ended in a tie.
Nicholas Pooran led the charge with a quickfire century as West Indies piled up a massive 374/6 in a must-win clash against the Netherlands.
In their opening partnership, Brandon King and Johnson Charles scored 101 runs and both scored half-centuries.
After making his way back to the dugout in the 18th over, Charles scored 54 from 55 balls with nine boundaries and a six.
King, on the other hand, stood firm before falling to Shamarh Brooks (25) in the 29th over, scoring 78. A total of 81 deliveries were faced by him, and 11 boundaries were smashed.
Having slipped to 163/3 in 28.1 overs, skipper Shai Hope enlisted the help of Nicholas Pooran, whose quickfire knock boosted the total.
In the 41st over, Bas de Leede got rid of Hope and Pooran, adding 108 runs to the total. In 38 deliveries, he hit three boundaries and two sixes, scoring 47 runs.
The core aggressor of the fourth-wicket stand, Pooran, joined briefly with Romario Shepherd (0) and Jason Holder (8) before Keemo Paul provided firm support at the other end.
Throughout the death overs, Paul supported Pooran well as he batted his way to a century and continued to dominate the Dutch bowlers. With four boundaries and two sixes in his 26-ball 46, Paul also carried his bat all the way through.
Pooran top-scored for West Indies with an unbeaten 104 off 65 deliveries, which included nine boundaries and six sixes.
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As the Netherlands were set to chase a massive total of 375, a quickfire century by Teja Nidamanuru and a quickfire cameo by Logan van Beek helped them finish equal to West Indies’ total.
Nidamanuru gave life to the Dutch run chase with a sensational 111 from 76 balls with 11 boundaries and three sixes.
Scott Edwards, who scored 67 off 47 balls with Nidamanuru, played a pivotal role in his side’s run chase with a partnership of 143 runs.