Van der Merwe, batsmen deliver second successive win for Netherlands


The Netherlands picked up their second successive victory in the Oman Quadrangular T20I series, acing a 167-run chase against the hosts, with eight wickets in hand.

After left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe’s 2/14 in four overs limited Oman to 166/4, despite half-centuries from opener Jatinder Singh and Khurram Nawaz, the Netherlands’ top-order might powered them past the target with seven balls to spare.

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Van der Merwe choked Oman through the middle overs during a three-over first spell, where he sent back Aamir Kaleem, Oman’s No. 3, early for 4. He then returned at the death to dismiss a set Nawaz for 58 in a two-run over.

Between those strikes, Nawaz and Singh built the Oman innings with a third-wicket stand of 89 that lifted them from 33/2. The stand ended with the dismissal of Singh, at the hands of right-arm medium-pacer Shane Snater, for 63.

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Nawaz followed his partner six balls later, but a boundary-heavy 11-ball 28* from wicketkeeper-batsman Naseem Khushi shored up the total.

File photo - Ben Cooper struck a match-winning half-century
File photo – Ben Cooper struck a match-winning half-century

An 80-run partnership between Stephan Myburgh and Tobias Visee, the Netherlands openers, shut out Oman early in the chase. Visee teed away with three fours and as many sixes in his 24-ball 44, compensating for Myburgh’s slow start at the other end.

Playing catch-up, Oman managed to send back the openers in successive overs from Sandeep Goud. But Ben Cooper (50* off 34 balls) and Ryan ten Doeschate (32* off 19 balls) joined hands for an unbeaten 78-run third-wicket partnership to see the team home.