New Zealand beat Netherlands by 99 runs in Cricket World Cup 2023© AFP
New Zealand consolidated the top spot in the Cricket World Cup 2023 standings with another impressive victory over Netherlands on Monday. Mitchell Santner produced an all-round performance and Tom Latham played his part to perfection with a gritty half-century as New Zealand emerged victorious by 99 runs. As a result, the Kiwis became the first team to have 4 points and they also have an impressive NRR (Net Run Rate) of +1.958. South Africa are second with 2 points and an even better NRR of +2.040 while Pakistan and Bangladesh are third and fourth respectively. India remain fifth with a NRR of 0.883.
Mitchell Santner played a blistering innings and then took five wickets to guide New Zealand to a convincing 99-run win over the Netherlands in a Cricket World Cup match in Hyderabad on Monday.
The 31-year-old left-hander clubbed a 17-ball 36 not out in New Zealand’s imposing total of 322-7 before achieving figures of 5-59.
Santner, the first New Zealand spinner to take five wickets in a World Cup match, dominated the Dutch who were bowled out for 223 in 46.3 overs.
The victory gave New Zealand two wins in as many games after crushing title-holders England by nine wickets in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
“We did a great job batting first, built partnerships at the top and the bowlers did a fantastic job tonight,” said Kiwis captain Tom Latham.
Young scored an 80-ball 70, captain Latham made 53 off 46 balls while Ravindra hit a run-a-ball 51.
In the slog overs, Santner hit two sixes and three boundaries to bolster the total.
(With AFP inputs)
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