Zimbabwe almost eliminated following the Dutch defeat
After losing to the Netherlands by five wickets in their Group 2 match in Adelaide on Wednesday, Zimbabwe’s chances of advancing to the T20 World Cup semifinals were dashed. After shocking the defending champions Pakistan, Craig Ervine’s squad was hoping to finish in the top two in their group.
Instead, they finished fourth, behind South Africa, India, and Bangladesh. Ervine’s decision to bat at Adelaide Oval was not redeemed as they were dismissed for 117 runs in 19.2 overs. The only batters to score in double digits for them were Sikander Raza (40, 3 sixes) and Sean Williams (28).
The Dutch seamers set the pace throughout the innings, and Paul van Meekeren took advantage by collecting three wickets. Max O’Dowd scored 52 to lead the Netherlands’ reply. Tom Cooper added 32 as the Dutch, who had previously been eliminated from the tournament, won their first Super 12 game by a comfortable margin of two overs.