South Africa's Captain Temba Bavuma 'Hurt' After Shock Loss to Netherlands in 2023 ODI World Cup

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South Africa’s Captain Temba Bavuma ‘Hurt’ After Shock Loss to Netherlands in 2023 ODI World Cup

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In a surprising turn of events at the 2023 ODI World Cup, the Netherlands secured a remarkable 38-run victory against South Africa, leaving the Proteas in disbelief. The Dutch, making their ODI World Cup return after 12 years, not only clinched their first-ever win in the World Cup against a Test-playing nation but also marked their second consecutive win in an ICC event. South Africa’s captain, Temba Bavuma, expressed his disappointment, particularly in the performance of his bowlers towards the end of the first innings.

“We had them at 112 for 6. We shouldn’t have allowed them to go past 200. We dropped the ball there. Still, we were confident with the chase. But they were able to expose some deficiencies in our batting department. We were clinical against Australia,” Bavuma commented after the match.

Bavuma acknowledged that controlling the extras (31 in total) and the fielding standard were not up to par, in contrast to their previous performance against Australia. He emphasized the need for discussions with the team.

Despite this setback, Bavuma remained optimistic about their future games in the World Cup and commended the Dutch team for their performance. He said, “You’ve got to let the emotion seep in. It will hurt. Our campaign is not over by any stretch of the imagination. That was a proper display from them (Netherlands). They put us under pressure throughout. Good luck to them.”

In the match, Netherlands faced early struggles with wickets falling at regular intervals, reducing them to 112/6. However, captain Scott Edwards played a crucial role, scoring a brilliant 69-ball-78 with 10 boundaries and a maximum. Contributions from Roelof van der Merwe (29) and Aryan Dutt (23*) helped the Dutch reach a competitive total of 245/8 in a rain-shortened 43-over match.

Chasing a target of 246, South Africa faced difficulties after losing their opener, Quinton de Kock, for just 20 runs. The Dutch bowlers impressed by taking wickets at regular intervals. Logan van Beek claimed three wickets (3/60), while Bas de Leede (2/36), Paul van Meekeren (2/40), and Van der Merwe (2/34) each took two dismissals.

The Netherlands will face Sri Lanka at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, while South Africa will take on defending champions England in their next match. England was stunned by Afghanistan, losing by 69 runs in New Delhi.

Reference

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