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Windies head into Super Six undefeated, Netherlands miss out

Evin Lewis came up with a match winning performance against Netherlands
Evin Lewis came up with a match winning performance against Netherlands

Windies 309-6 (Lewis 84) beat
Netherlands 167-6 (ten Doeschate 67no) by 54 runs DLS
17th game, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Harare

Windies came up with a dominating batting performance that saw them defeat Netherlands by 54 runs by DLS method in the rain-hit 17th game of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers encounter in Harare.

Evin Lewis (84) and Chris Gayle (46) smashed three boundaries and a six combined in the first 14 deliveries before rain halted the proceedings for close to 30 minutes.

On restart, Gayle hit a six and a four while Lewis plundered Timm van der Gugten (0-57) hit two apiece of sixes and fours in the fourth over to bring the 50-run opening stand for Windies.

The onslaught continued from the Caribbean side with Gayle hitting three more sixes before Paul van Meekeren (2-47) provided some respite for Netherlands after having him caught at sweeper cover. With a boundary and a six in the 14th over, Lewis completed a 41-ball half-century, though Shimron Hetmyer (10) fell at the other end.

Marlon Samuels (73 not out) returning to form is even more heartening for Windies as he played a fluent unbeaten 84 ball knock and despite strikes from Borren and Roelof van der Merwe (2-46), Rovman Powell (52) with his 38-ball blistering innings powered the two-time World Champions to 309 for six in the allotted 48 overs.

Netherlands had a revised target of 310 in 48 overs but the chase started in a bizarre manner when Scott Edwards (1) was run out while Ben Cooper (1) was castled by Kemar Roach (1-37).

Wesley Barresi (64) and Ryan ten Doeschate (67 not out) counterattacked the Windies attack with a swift 113 run stand for the third wicket that came off 100 deliveries. Lewis made a contribution on the field as well after effecting a run out on Barresi and soon Borren (1), van der Merwe (2) and Pieter Seelaar (7) also headed back into the pavilion.

When the score was 167 for six in 28.4 overs, rain arrived and this time there was no resumption, leaving Windies with a 54-run win by DLS method. Lewis was named the player of the match.

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