All-rounder Bas de Leede scored a century as the Netherlands made a stunning comeback to beat Scotland by four wickets here on Thursday to qualify for the ICC World Cup starting in India from October 5.
Bulawayo: After Sri Lanka, the Netherlands has become the second team to enter the World Cup through the qualifiers. This is the fifth time that the Netherlands have qualified for the 50-over global tournament, having previously participated in the 1996, 2003, 2007 and 2011 editions. He had to score 278 runs in 44 overs to qualify. De Leede’s 92-ball 123 with seven fours and five sixes and a 113-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Saqib Zulfiqar (33 not out) in just 11.3 overs helped the Netherlands reach the target in just 42.5 overs. World Cup ticket cut.
Lead did a historic performance:
Bas de Leede, who took 5 wickets in the first innings from the Netherlands, came out to bat at number-4 in the second innings. The batsmen were constantly losing wickets in front of them, but the lead held one end. At one point the team needed 115 runs in 13 overs to qualify. From here the lead started hitting big shots.
Lead first made a fifty partnership with captain Scott Edwards. Then century partnership with Saqib Zulfiqar brought the team closer to victory. Lead was dismissed for 123 off 92 balls. He hit 7 fours and 5 sixes, but was dismissed 2 runs before giving the team the victory. After him, Logan Van Beek took a single on the fifth ball of the 43rd over and gave the team a 4-wicket win.
Netherlands’ first match in World Cup 2023 is from Pakistan. This match will be played in Hyderabad on 6 October. After this, there will be a match against New Zealand on 9 October and against South Africa on 17 October. The team will play Sri Lanka on 21 October and Australia on 25 October. The match will be played between Netherlands and Bangladesh on 28 October. After this there will be matches with Afghanistan and England. Netherlands will have a match with India on 11 November. The match will be held in Bangalore
Teams that have reached the World Cup:
1. New Zealand 2. England 3. India 4. Australia 5. Pakistan 6. South Africa 7. Bangladesh 8. Afghanistan 9. Sri Lanka 10. Netherlands