Edwards, Van der Merwe take Dutch to 245 against South Africa
DHARAMSALA, India (AFP)— Captain Scott Edwards smashed an undefeated 78 while Roelof van der Merwe returned to stun his homeland with a late cameo as the Netherlands made a fighting 245-8 against South Africa in the World Cup on Tuesday.
Edwards’s runs came off 69 balls and featured 10 fours and a six.
Meanwhile, 38-year-old Van der Merwe, who played 13 ODIs for the Proteas before switching allegiance, hit a quickfire 29 off 19 balls with three fours and a six before he was caught behind off Lungi Ngidi.
Together, Edwards and Van der Merwe put on a crucial 64 for the eighth wicket after the Dutch were struggling at 112-6 at one stage in a game reduced to 43 overs a side following a delayed start due to rain.
Kagiso Rabada claimed his 150th ODI wicket as South Africa’s feared pace attack ripped through the Netherlands top order in chilly, damp conditions in the shadows of the Himalayas.
Rabada reached his personal landmark when he struck with the first ball of his spell, cramping up opener Vikramjit Singh and forcing a top edge to Henrich Klaasen.
Singh had laboured to just two runs from 16 balls after the Dutch were put into bat.
Rabada, playing in his 95th ODI, also acocunted for the dangerous Bas de Leede, lbw for two.
Max O’Dowd, South African-born Colin Ackermann, who was man of the match when the Dutch shocked the Proteas at the T20 World Cup last year, Sybrand Engelbrecht and Teja Nidamanuru all reached double figures.
Equally all struggled to get on top of Rabada and fellow fast bowlers Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee and Ngidi.
Off-spinner Keshav Maharaj then got in on the act, tempting Logan van Beek to stretch and over-balance, allowing Quinton de Kock to effect the stumping.
However, that paved the way for Edwards and van der Merwe to launch a rescue bid, ably assisted by Aryan Dutt who hit an undefeated 23 from nine balls.
South Africa, who came into the game with two wins from two games, conceded 32 extras in the innings.
The Dutch lost both their opening games in the tournament.
Brief scores: Netherlands 245-8 in 43 overs (Scott Edwards 78 not out) v South Africa