Netherlands Remains in Contention for ICC World Cup Qualification Thanks to Vikramjit Singh’s Brilliant Hundred
Netherlands secured a crucial 74-run victory against Oman in a World Cup qualifier match in Harare, thanks to Vikramjit Singh’s magnificent century and Wesley Barresi’s explosive innings. Batting first, Netherlands posted a massive total of 362 for seven in 48 overs, with Singh scoring 110 off 109 balls and Barresi smashing a quick-fire 97 off just 65 deliveries. In response, Ayaan Khan fought valiantly with a century (105 off 92), but Oman fell short and finished at 246 for six in 44 overs.
Despite Oman’s efforts, they remained winless in the Super Six stage of the World Cup qualifier, suffering their fourth consecutive loss. The race for the second qualification spot is heating up, but Netherlands’ chances depend on Zimbabwe losing against Scotland. Additionally, the Dutch team needs to win their final game to keep their hopes alive.
Netherlands’ opening partnership between Singh and Max O’Dowd (35) laid a solid foundation, despite a rain delay that reduced the match to 48 overs per side. The pair stitched together a 117-run stand off 103 balls before O’Dowd was dismissed by Ayaan. Singh reached his maiden ODI century from 102 deliveries but was eventually caught at mid-on. His innings included 11 fours and two sixes.
Following Singh’s dismissal, Scott Edwards (4) fell quickly to Mohammad Nadeem, leaving the Netherlands in need of an improved net run rate. Bas de Leede stepped up the scoring rate with a blistering 39 off 19 balls, including five fours and a six. Barresi, aged 39, continued the onslaught and reached his half-century off 43 balls. He looked set for a second ODI century but fell just three runs short, scoring 97 off 65 balls, comprising 10 fours and three sixes.
Oman managed to take three wickets in as many overs, with Bilal Khan claiming three wickets for 75 runs from his 10 overs. Mohammad Nadeem also contributed with two wickets, conceding 36 runs in four overs. Fayyaz Butt and Ayaan took one wicket each.
Chasing a record-breaking target, Oman lost wickets at regular intervals, with Jatinder Singh getting run out for 17 and Kashyap Prajapati departing for 25. After Mohammad Nadeem’s dismissal for 16, Ayaan and Shoaib Khan formed a partnership of 112 runs for the fifth wicket. However, Oman fell behind the required run rate, and the game was eventually halted due to bad light, leaving Ayaan unbeaten on 105 off 92 balls.
Oman could only manage 246 for six in 44 overs, with Aryan Dutt picking up impressive figures of 3/31 in his 10 overs, and Ryan Klein taking 2/34 in nine overs.
Now, the Netherlands must anxiously wait for the outcome of the Zimbabwe versus Scotland match to determine their qualification chances. The Dutch will then face Scotland in their final game on Thursday.
Meanwhile, hosts Zimbabwe can secure their place in the World Cup by defeating Scotland in Bulawayo. They currently sit two points behind table-toppers Sri Lanka in the Super Six standings. Scotland, with four points and an extra game in hand, pose the biggest challenge to Zimbabwe’s qualification hopes.
In another match in Harare, Ireland and Nepal will face off to determine the seventh-place finish, with Nepal aiming to surpass their previous best finish of eighth in the Qualifier.
Brief Scores: Netherlands: 362/7 in 48 overs (Vikramjit Singh 110, Wesley Barresi 97; Bilal Khan 3/75, Mohammad Nadeem 2/36) Oman: 246/6 in 44 overs (Ayaan Khan 105 not out, Shoaib Khan 46; Aryan Dutt 3/31, Ryan Kelin 2/34)
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